Bamboo Bootcamp is a Non-Profit NGO on a mission to make a better world through Bamboo. We believe that sustainability should be front and center for any industrial goal. We deliver our message and hope to achieve our goals through spreading awareness and teaching the proper tools and skills so that the Filipino people may learn how they can positively contribute to this goal and create a livelihood through it.
The Bamboo industry fulfills all 17 listed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals while providing ways to earn a living.
Bamboo Bootcamp is founded in Alae, Manolo Fortich where it covers the entire “life-cycle” of the Bamboo as a Sustainable Material for Building, Creating and Supporting Livelihood, not just for people that already Bamboo at hand, but for people that are interested in starting one. This intense 9-day workshop not only explored theories, but also gave way for hands-on, actual, get-your-bloody-hands-on type of experience. It’s farming at millennial level.
Meet Our Panelists
Arch Jed De Guzman
Agripreneur, Architect - Training & Curriculum Principal
Trained in Bali under Elora Hardy and BambooU, he extends his passion and knowledge of Bamboo to support his advocacy of a sustainable Philippines. He believes that by spreading what he learned means that giving the Filipinos to thrive in more ways than one. He shows how diverse Bamboo can be in terms of design, while demonstrating how to care for it and get to know its properties so we may be able to utilize all its strength while overcoming obstacles that may come with working with it. His holistic approach to training allows for participants to fully understand the scope of the Bamboo, while his love for it and our nation fuels passion and eagerness to learn.
Engr. Jason Torralde
Civil Engineer, Bamboo Structural Coach
Just like Jed, Jaz is passionate about sustainable building and brings his knowledge in Engineering to apply it to the Bamboo as a strong timber for construction. He applies all the required elements for building a strong structure into using Bamboo as the core element. He explains and teaches how Bamboo can work as , not only a sustainable building foundation, as well as how to work with it and understand it’s properties to support the structure. His passion and commitment to deliver a message of sustainability radiates in his craft, which in turn has a positive effect on the understanding of structural engineering, even to those without prior experience
Dante Rae Sarraga-Sarmiento
Bamboo Farmer - Co-Founder
Considered a superwoman among her friends. Growing up in farm, surrounded by the woods, she has always been in love with nature and natural material. Her expertise come from experience and applied knowledge. Educated as a veterinarian, she found her passion building with wood. With quite a handful of completed projects already in her portfolio, be it custom furniture, renovation works, etc., she came across Bamboo and fell in love with it. After undergoing the Bamboo training, she immediately applied her knowledge and built multiple structures including renovating a structure that is now used as the training venue of Bamboo Bootcamp. In her eagerness to share the passion for Bamboo, she spearheaded organizing the pilot run of Bamboo Bootcamp. All this while raising five young children. She shares her experience and knowledge, not only of the many years she has under her belt for propagation, but also in treatment and construction.
Rica Janet Villanueva - Gadi
Plantation Consultant - BambooBootcamp.org Founding Principal
An expert in digital marketing who is deeply inspired to put up a drive that minimizes carbon footprint by creating an avenue for a more valued awareness for bamboo. As a founding principal and plantation consultant, she spearheads the project planning and business development of the bamboo training format. She organizes each bootcamp with the team to educate and share potentials of bamboo in the rehabilitation and reforestation of degraded lands, environmental protection and disaster risk reduction, development of sustainable bamboo-based industry, and the establishment of livelihood to local communities. Her love for bamboo has inspired her to provide consult on the feasibility and execute plantation management of bamboo with a total now of 35 hectares to date.