Mark graduated from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands with an MSc in Finance. During his academic career, he was involved in various activities within the China Center for European Cooperation and he was also the visiting scholar (international finance) at the Fudan University in Shanghai. Mark is Filipino and based in Manila. He co-founded MicroSourcing in 2004, a successful Manila-based BPO company.
Mark’s idea of putting up Pineapple Lab stems from his support of Filipino artists and art-making. He wanted to create a multifaceted art space dedicated to incubating work and providing a home for artists and empowering them to push the boundaries of artistic expression.
He is also Co-Founder and CEO of Philippines Urban Living Solutions (“PULS” ). PULS establishes affordable rental-housing communities for young professionals working in the central business districts of Manila.
Prior to PULS, Mark was CIO and Managing Partner of Development Principles Group (“DPG”), which was a successful private equity firm in China with 4 offices and US$ 250 million in assets under management. Earlier, Mark was Investment Officer covering Asia at FMO, the Dutch development bank, where he completed a series of investments and loans in Asia. Prior to this, he was Vice President at Deutsche Bank (London) where he was responsible for fixed income products in Central & Eastern Europe; and before that he was with ABN AMRO Bank (London), responsible for emerging markets structured products in Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan is a director and producer. He has divided his time between Manila (Philippines), New Jersey, and New York City where he took on various production roles in non-profit theater, festivals, cultural organizations, and other art related fields. Andrei is the Festival Director and Founder of The Manila Fringe Festival, Inc., a non-profit organization, which produces Fringe Manila, a multi-genre international art festival that was inaugurated in February of 2015. He completed a Directing and Producing Program at the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program (NYFA-IAP) in Brooklyn, New York (2015). Andrei is a Philippine delegate to the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators in Austria in October 2016.
In 2013, Andrei was nominated for a BroadwayWorld Award (Philippines) as Best Director for his work in Sa Wakas – A New Pinoy (Filipino) Rock Musical staged at PETA Theater. Sa Wakas, which he also co-wrote, garnered BroadwayWorld Award Nominations for Best Filipino Musical, Best Musical Arrangement, and Best Music. It was a featured performance at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ MUSIKAL!, a concert celebrating original Filipino musicals of the last five years (2010-2014). The musical will be re-staged in January 2017.
Andrei has collaborated and programmed performances/exhibits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA Manila), the Ayala Museum, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, and the Tandang Sora National Shrine Museum for the Quezon City Cultural Arts Council.
Jodinand Villaflores Aguillon
Jodinand is a multi-disciplinary artist, entrepreneur & is a proud ambassador of Pineapple Lab’s’s arts parade. He is the founder/ former artistic director of performing arts collective, HATAW, a set designer, wardrobe stylist, and visual merchandiser. Jodinand combines mediums, integrates vocations, folding together varied experiences to create from a unique perspective.
James Redmon Pe Lim
James, who graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems specializing in Interactive Multimedia, lives in a world where he tries to mix fun with his work. Although what he’s doing now (which mostly consists of PR & Marketing) is unaligned with his undergraduate course, the career shift has been an interesting challenge for him.
As a member of the team, he is currently handling the PR and Administrative duties it requires. He’s also been in charge of managing the different events ongoing and coming up at Pineapple Lab. Moreover, he makes sure that more people get to know more about this beautiful space for artists, dreamers, and basically the whole community.
When he’s not busy being the Development Coordinator of Pineapple Lab, you can find him working on the PR and Marketing of Ibarra Watches, which you should really look out for. Besides that, he is also working as a Social Media Consultant for upcoming businesses and ventures in the Metro.
If you want to find out more about him, just make your way to Pineapple Lab — he’s almost, always there. Almost.
Special Programs and Gallery Manager
Fiona Lazaro has worked with several different fields, from tech start-ups, NGOs, media and publishing but her main focus is with the local art industry. Though different in nature, what is common with Fiona’s projects are their involvement with Philippine development and growth. Even before graduating from Ateneo, she started her work through AIESEC, an international organization that works with expatriates in developing programs for the country. She also worked with Gawad Kalinga’s social enterprise farm in Bulacan, HeyKuya, the country’s first SMS-based personal assistant service as well as Hinge Inquirer Publishing. After all of this, she joined the Fringe Manila team to bring the performing arts in the city’s spotlight and continues to produce creative and community-centered events.
Visual Branding Manager
Anissa Aguila is a recent graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University with a BFA in Information Design. 3.5 years of her college life were spent with the Ateneo Blue Repertory, the university’s premiere musical theater company. She served as Assistant Vice President for Promotions – designing promotional material for the organization and its productions. She also stage-managed multiple shows such as Toilet: the Musical, In the Heights, and Stages of Love. She recently stage-managed the professional run of The Sandbox Collective’s No Filter and No Filter 2.0. Outside of her stage management bubble, she also dabbles in production management and production design.
Chino Carlo Aricaya
Social Media Coordinator
Chino is a 20-something artist that considers himself as a child of the internet, thus he dreams to live a life that is as colorful as his filtered instagram posts. He took BS Computer Science in the University of the Philippines but spent the majority of his college years doing simultaneous extra curricular work that involves the university publication, continuing education programs, graphic arts, student organizations, theater, dance and fashion.
In the spirit of a true millenial he is now juggling multiple freelance jobs, treating one as a refreshing escape from the other, each still falling within his wide spectrum of aspirations. He is a part time stylist, a contributing fashion writer, a local travel planner, an app content manager, a celebrity executive assistant and now, a social media consultant under Pineapple Lab. As he continues to build on his digital footprints through all accounts he manages – he treats every photo, caption, copy and hashtag as an essential part of a larger masterpiece that he consistently shares to the world wide web. (Type his name in google and you’d pullup all his online horcruxes).
Outside his social media bubble he travels, draws, paints and writes about his almost love affairs. He also does a lot of karaoke, dedicates most of the songs to himself and hopes that someday he gets to finish the 5th chorus of Beyonce’s Love on Top.
Food and Beverage Manager
Janice Buenaventura was born in 1989 in Bicol, Philippines. She moved to Manila to pursue a career in business, entertainment, and photography. After different jobs she decided in 2012 to dedicate herself full time to her passion: art photography.
Over the years, she has worked on many projects exploring mostly themes of the plight of the urban poor, the disparity of wealth, and the influence of financial and political system in the Philippines. Janice likes to explore the leaks and cracks of Metro Manila as metropolis of 22 million inhabitants. Her ultimate goal is to create awareness and support for Manila’s less fortunate inhabitants while showing the fun and humanity of the city.
Over the years, she has worked on a series of photography projects for corporate and personal clients on a range of subjects involving the city and its inhabitants.