"I left a vice presidential position. . .to do what I love now in the middle of a pandemic," says Carlo Ople, collector, content creator, and founder of Unbox PH. Ople has worked with big companies for 16 years, such as Friendster, TV5, and PLDT, garnering enough expertise to create and develop multiple businesses such as Unbox Creator Network, Project 7 to 1, and This is Hype PH that keeps his passions aflame.
Currently, Ople has more than 776,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 211,000 followers on Instagram who are either curious to see his vast collection or anticipating the latest on sneakers, toys, technology, and gaming.
"When I was young, the tech part would come in the form of gaming," he recalls. His earliest memory of gaming is Battle City and Street Fighter, which he'd play on the computer with his father and older brother.
He also recalls his growing admiration for sneakers began when he saw an NBA legend play on TV. "I am part of a generation that was fortunate enough actually to watch Michael Jordan play, not just [through] YouTube clips. . .'Yun 'yung inspiring part about my generation because we saw him [that's the inspiring part about my generation]. Naalala ko pa 'yung favourite Jordan ko, 'yung Jordan 5, hindi ko pa ma-afford bilin so my mom bought me one [I remember my favourite Jordan, Jordan 5, I couldn't afford it so my mom bought me one]," he laughs.
Although Ople had to put his interests aside when he started working in the corporate world, he reconnected with his passions when he began his YouTube career around 2017.