The TOP Diaries Workshops

TOP Monthly: April

Out of the blue, this series was promulgated in the mind of a young lady who possesses an old soul. The young lady loves to stay at place where creativity and productivity is flourishing. One day, she discovered a lovely place called The Office Project or TOP to others.

The young lady in the introduction is me. I instantaneously fell in love with the environment that TOP has. The creators / owners / co-owners are literally geniuses! They have created a space that can induce productivity to those who are co-working and also to those who would want to their own thing. Doing their own thing meaning: blogging or studying or just merely being creative.

Hopefully, this little blog series of mine will enlighten you to what TOP can do and what has it been doing since it was born.

It has only been two months since I have been co-working and collaborating with TOP. It started from just trying it out for the very first time and eventually it blossomed into a collaboration. As you may already know, TOP is place where events / workshops / talks / meetings / work can happen. It may be your own office as well although there may be some restrictions since you’re going to co-work with others but over all, it’s a must to go here!

So, I guess that’s enough mushiness for an introduction and let’s to deeper about this series. This series aims to give an overview of what kind of events have occurred at TOP and what is it about. I may not be able to attend all but it could give give you an idea and might ignite you to start something new!

TOP Monthly: April

Last March 30, there was a talk called Social Conversations which focused on Sustainable Development Goals. It’s similar to Millenium Development Goals (which I think almost everyone knows about).

From the event page

It enlightened everyone who attended and listened that there are other goals that need our attention. It served as an eye-opener that there are problems that we are currently facing but do not regard it as top priority. The youth, which is the hope of the fatherland, is highly encouraged to take part in making the changes to have a sustainable planet that we could still live in the future and for the younger generations to follow. The speakers were Marian Valera and Daryl Tadique who flew in for the talk.

Staff from Youth Vote Philippines with the speakers and Yen, community manager of TOP

There was also an activity wherein participants were grouped into two to talk about what could have been done to attain the SDGs and what could we do to improve our own planet.

Obligatory group photo (credits to Caela Tanjangco)

Last April 5, Road to Retail had a talk about Finding your Passion.
During the talk, we knew more about the speakers and how their decisions led to finding their passion and being happy about. People may have different interests yet we do not pursue them. We choose the path where it will yield more but find out later that it won’t make us that happy at all.
The speakers were:
  • Sandie Asonto – a brave woman who found her true passion after going through a career shift. She shared to us the hardships she experienced and how she earned her first million in less than two years and train a growing team.
  • Chi Payba-Suarez – a supermom who pursued her own business, created an e-book and nursed her newborn baby and found her true passion.
  • Hazel Javier – she’s co-founded an advocacy that has produced over 19,000 volunteer opportunities while juggling her corporate job.
They are women and I think they are not just simply women but superwomen. Juggling things is never easy. You have to be strong, determined and persevere with what you are doing in order to achieve your goals.
Taking risks is inevitable in pursuing your passion.
Photo credits: TOP


Just two (2) days after the talk about Finding your Passion, I found myself listening to another workshop about creating your own online shop for free! Now, this is so helpful especially for people who have online businesses but aren’t quite familiar with coding and building a site. Their workshop is sure handy!

From the event page

Here, they taught the attendees about ViiCart and how to create your very own online shop with it.

During the two-hour workshop, they were able to teach us:

  • How to build an online shop from scratch without the hassle to coding. (Again, for people who are not very familiar with coding, this is so helpful!)
  • Owning an online store where you can display your items can be very helpful especially not all have social accounts.
  • It is an effective marketing tool wherein you could connect your social accounts for a better grasp with the crowd.
  • It’s a very helpful tool that could take your shop to the next level!
Snapchat: mariaisquixotic
What I liked about the workshop most is that they would walk you through the process. The people behind it were very much accommodating to the questions raised. To be honest, not all online shop owners belong to our age group!

Next up on the calendar is The Sab Stuff’s brush script lettering workshop!

By: The Sab Stuff (Sab Escoto)

It was a well attended event with more than 10 participants. There were lefties and righties and they were all giddy about learning brush script lettering. It’s safe to say that it was an all female event since all the students there were females. It was such a nice event since I got to share cupcakes the we baked. There was a raffle from TOP, Hokkoh Shop and goodies from DnY Arts and Crafts.
So, that’s only a few of the events that transpired at TOP last April. Wait for this month’s TOP Monthly to know what transpired at TOP this month!
So if you want to check it on your own, just go to this page.


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  • Reply
    Swayam Tiwari
    May 10, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Kristine, this stuff is intellectual, I must say.You have used the term, “Finding Your Passion”.I am afraid this is a really tough job to do, a voyage into the unknown.We are so engrossed in our own little things that we do not care about ourselves. No?

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    Neri Ann
    May 10, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    “Taking risks is inevitable in pursuing your passion.” That is so true because you can’t just follow your passion if it never really pays the bills. Yeah its that hard so sometimes you just have to choose something over your passion. So I’ll just have to agree that choosing your passion may have a lot of risk, but if you go for it everything will be definitely worth it.

  • Reply
    May 10, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Busy April! And I love the script lettering workshop. Been on the look out for affordable calligraphy workshops.

    • Reply
      Kristine Redillas
      May 10, 2016 at 8:01 PM

      I do post some info about workshops here or on my social accounts. 😀

  • Reply
    May 10, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Wow! Kristine, TOP is indeed one heck of a place. From your photos it looks really cozy and learner-friendly. From your stories, it is not just an ordinary venue. It is a place where one can pursue whatever one desires (well, as long as there is a program haha)

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      Kristine Redillas
      May 10, 2016 at 8:01 PM

      I even study there because the place is so cozy and invites productivity. Haha! 😀

  • Reply
    May 11, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Hey, this is nice! How big is the space at TOP and what are their rates?

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    Shumate Royo
    May 14, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Thank you not just for collaborating with us but for also adding a positive vibe in the space. More collab with you soon!

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    Stella the Travelerette
    May 24, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    TOP sounds like a great space. I especially like the sound of Finding Your Passion. I am trying to do that with my traveling and writing. I agree that those women are superwomen for working to achieve their goals!

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