For­mer Pi­noy Big Brother champ goes for busi­ness, not show­biz

Manila Bulletin - - Visayas News - By MALOU M. MOZO

CEBU CITY, Cebu — For­mer Ce­buano Pi­noy Big Brother Grand Win­ner Jan Slater Young is fast carv­ing his name as an en­tre­pre­neur, de­vel­op­ing his brand of walling sys­tem made from light­weight con­crete.

"My in­cli­na­tion has re­ally been into en­treprenuer­ship. I sim­ply gave show busi­ness a try but I think I am re­ally meant to be an en­tre­pre­neur rather than as a celebrity,” said Young, who comes from a fam­ily that runs a con­struc­tion busi­ness. Still, Young ac­knowl­edges that his “stint in show­biz made it easy for me to be eas­ily rec­og­nized.

Young is the cur­rent pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of LiteCrete Philip­pines, a com­pany he founded just this month that man­u­fac­tures "Lite­block," a greener, af­ford­able and just as sturdy al­terna- tive to the regular hol­low block.

He ex­plained that Lite­blocks's green tech­nol­ogy, which took him two years to de­velop, in­fuses mi­cro air bub­bles to make it lighter, pro­vid­ing six times more in­su­la­tion than the regular hol­low block.

Young also said that in be­cause it is twice as big in size as an or­di­nary hol­low block, it takes lesser time to in­stall.

"Lite­block is also 20 per­cent cheaper," Young said in an in­ter- view.

While a regular hol­low block would cost P1,100 per square me­ter when in­stalled, in­clud­ing la­bor and steel re­in­force­ments, he noted that Lite­block, would only cost be­tween 900 per square me­ter.

He has a team of ma­sons and con­trac­tors ready to con­duct half­day train­ing on the new tech­nol­ogy as well as as­sist in its in­stal­la­tion.

Lite­block is cur­rently man­u­fac­tured within a 2,000 me­ter square fa­cil­ity on AS For­tuna St, Mandaue City pro­duc­ing 1,000 to 1,500 blocks a day on test ca­pac­ity. Young is op­ti­mistic that once busi­ness perks up eve, he could dou­ble his ca­pac­ity to 3,000 blocks a day.

"What I hope to achieve is for more peo­ple to ap­pre­ci­ate Lite­block as an af­ford­able and greener al­ter­na­tive light­weight con­crete,” said Young who is a li­censed civil en­gi­neer, and point­ing out “although this con­cept is not fairly new to lo­cal con­trac­tors.”

He said the use of light­weight con­crete sim­i­lar to that of Lite­block has been used to re­ha­bil­i­tate houses of tsunami vic­tims in Phuket, Thai­land.

He also said Lite­block fol­lows in­ter­na­tional stan­dards set by In­dia, the world's num­ber one user of light­weight con­crete.

"When I in­tro­duced Lite­block in the lo­cal mar­ket, I had to restudy ev­ery­thing be­cause the raw ma­te­ri­als and wa­ter here are dif­fer­ent in qual­ity to those in other coun­tries like China,” Young said.

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