Manlio was born and raise in Caracas, Venezuela. He started his music studies (piano) at the age of seven, fallowing his mother piano studies. As a teenager he played the bass for a little wile, until he founded out that his real passion was the drum set, which he studied for many years, along side with afro caribbean and latin music. After graduated from high school, he signed up to the TAS to became a sound engineer in a intensive three years program. On the first semester he got his first job in theater as a sound tech assistance. Manlio worked as a freelancer sound engineer for ten solid years, creating a name for himself in the sound engineering scene of Caracas. He worked with Yamaha international of Venezuela doing sound and assisting clinics with many of the best musicians in the world, as well as with the latest sound equipments of Yamaha. He also designed and build the acoustic design of three recording studios.
While he was a sound engineer he was also playing music and was part of a couple of original Rock & Roll bands. He also was part of a cover band where he use to play at night around different clubs in Caracas.
His last accomplishment as a sound engineer in Venezuela was creating the first three level sound engineer workshop program in the country. He was sponsor by the UCV (University Central of Venezuela) The biggest state university of the country. Also sponsored by Yamaha International of Venezuela and by Aula Virtual, a online branch of the UCV. His success was unprecedented on the sound engineering field, and soon after, he had to hired other engineers to teach alongside with him. Due to his father political career, who once ran for president of Venezuela, and his personal involvement on the government opposition to Ex President Hugo Chavez, Manlio and his wife (at the time) Maira Loria had to flee the country to the United States of America. Were they found politically asylum. Once in the US he co-found The Blue Turtles and recorded an album. A fusion project were he was the drummer and sound engineer.
While in Naples, FL he played on night clubs with a cover band and after realizing that Naples was not the right place for his career but a great place to live, he stop playing for a living and move on to a different career.
Due to his experience as acustic designer of studios he decided to change careers. He created A+ Services, Inc a commercial and residential remodeling company. For seven years A+ Services, Inc was a successful business. After the real state collapsed in 2008 Manlio decide to take a year off and travel to Thailand.
There he studied Thai Language, and a different array of detox, holistic techniques of healing, meditation and buddhism. It was in Thailand that he became truly passionate about Yoga.
Now days Manlio is a dedicated New Kadanpa Buddhism and Ashtanga Yoga practitioner. He travel to Thailand and India almost every year for months at the time and designed the Yoga jewelry & accessories line of Nirvana Jewel himself. He co-design many of others lines of jewelry in the company. In 2014 he expanded Nirvana Jewel to two branches Los Angeles & San Francisco. He live in the city of San Francisco most of the year and when he is not there he is working on new ideas and designs, studying different types of holistic techniques of detox and massage,as well as practicing Yoga and Buddhism in Thailand and India.
He’s is truly passionate about life, a Vegan, Buddhist / Yogi described him very well.
A conscious person and animal lover. Always seeing the good in people and always caring for the benefit of all living beings.
You can find him at KMCSF (Kadampa Meditation Center San Francisco) every Tuesday & Wednesday night on a meditation classes, or before sunrise at Mission Ashtanga, practicing Yoga six days a week. He lives in the KMCSF Buddhist residence with other sangha practitioners including monks and nuns.
He is always reachable and takes pride in running the customer service department of Nirvana Jewel. Although he stopped doing shows in 2015 and now works in the back end of the company, you can find him in some of the shows, concerts and Yoga festival were nirvana works. He loves music and loves to support the branches of the business and their employees.