Raynard Raphael Lao is a high school student in his junior year at Xavier School, on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. As the most recent champion in public speaking of the Philippine Schools Debating Championship, Raynard was sent as an official representative of the country to the Asian Schools Debating Championship where he finished as a finalist. Raynard also bagged the finalist places at the Prometheus Cup organized by and held at Raffles Institution in Singapore, as well as at the Chief Justice Cup Inter-High School Debate Competition organized by and held at the Supreme Court of the Republic of the Philippines.
Brian Maraña is the International Programs Coordinator of Xavier School. Brian and his team are primarily responsible for the expansion of the formal international programs that the school is now offering. Concurrently, he is also a Technology Integration Coordinator bringing IT into the classroom. Before taking on these roles, Brian was a faculty member of the High School Christian Life Education department. Prior to joining Xavier, Brian worked as a recruiter for the The Beijing Center, a Jesuit-run Chinese Studies department at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. As testament to the impact of his work in the teaching profession, Brian was awarded a Recognition Certificate for Exceptional Teaching by Stanford University in 2009. Brian holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies majoring in Psychology and Philosophy, with minors in Sociology and Asian Studies, honors program, summa cum laude, from Loyola College in Maryland. He is currently an MA Education degree candidate at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Antonio Meloto Jr., known as Tony to most people, is the Founder and Chairman of Gawad Kalinga, a global movement that builds integrated, holistic and sustainable communities in slum areas to help alleviate poverty. Born to a lower middle class family in Bacolod City, Tony was a consistently diligent student and was awarded the American Field Exchange Scholarhip to De Anza High School in California. Upon graudating from the Negros Occidental High School, Tony was offered a place at the Ateneo de Manila University on a full scholarship. After receiving an AB degree in Economics, Tony joined Procter and Gamble’s purchasing department, then later on became a full-time mission worker in Couples for Christ after setting up his own printing and trading company. It was during his stint at Couples for Christ when he conceived Gawad Kalinga. A receipient of countless awards including the Ozanam Award and the Japan Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth, Tony is also a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Community Leadership and was a Plenary Speaker at the World Economic Forum for East Asia in Indonesia.
Deondre Martin Ng, or Dodie to his friends, is a 3rd year high school student at Xavier School, under the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. A consistent honor student, Dodie is Co-Founder and the President of Artificial, the school’s Robotics Club, Vice-President of Club NExT, a club focused on design and technology, and the Graphic Design Editor of Stallion, Xavier High School’s official student publication. Dodie also shares a passion for theatre and has performed on stage, and a heart for teaching as the Computer Department (Academic) Chairperson of the Para Kay Kiko summer teaching program. When he’s not too busy, he engages in personal projects such as the creation of motion graphics and game design and development across various devices. You can check out his works by Googling his name.
Mark Ruiz is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of MicroVentures Inc., more commonly known as Hapinoy, a social business enterprise focused on microenterprise development through sari-sari stores and microbusinesses. He is also Founding Partner and Vice-Chairman of Rags2Riches, a social business enterprise working with marginalized communities to create designer masterpieces embodying eco-ethical style. Mark also serves as a Director and Chief Marketing Inoventor of Inovent, a research, design, and development firm focused on industrial design, technology, and “inovention.” Contributing to the academe, Mark conceptualized and teaches a course on innovation at the Ateneo de Manila University. Mark holds a degree in Management Engineering from the same university.
Tehran-born Filipino-American Brian Tenorio is a New York-based design manager and communications consultant and is currently a Consultant for Branding and Design (international) at the Asian Development Bank (www.adb.org). He also is the Chair of the Designers for Development Network (www.designersfordevelopment.com)— a group of communication strategists designing for the international organizations in the global development sphere. He is the former Director of Communications and Design of Womensphere in New York City. Tenorio received his Master of Professional Studies in Design Management degree from Pratt Institute (New York), researching on National Design Policy frameworks for developing countries. During the first half of 2010, Tenorio was a graduate-level intern at the United Nations, working with its Language and Communications Program in New York.