Founder and Executive Director of WiTech
Currently studying at Stanford University, she is the Founder & Executive Director of WiTech, a non profit organization based in the Philippines that aims to educate, inspire, and empower youth to make a difference and break gender barriers using technology. She founded it at age 15. She’s also very experienced in giving talks, so we hope you enjoy what she’s about to present today: Bridging the digital divide.
Creative entrepreneur, design advocate and community crusader
A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, Butch worked in advertising and management consulting in New York before returning to the Philippines in 2000. He’s been an active proponent of the creative movement since 2008 when Cebu was first designated as a Creative City by the British Council. In 2019, Butch led Cebu’s successful bid to be designated as a UNESCO City of Design and was a National Consultant for the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs in 2020. He is currently the Nexus of the Creative Cebu Grid, serves on the Cebu City Tourism Commission, and helped establish the Philippine Creative Cities Network. He will be talking about how to use ikigai and creativity to help you achieve personal and social balance to help you pivot post pandemic.
John Nicko Coyoca
Educator and an advocate for quality education and youth empowerment
He graduated from CIT University with a degree in AB Communication and was the Top 1 Parangal Awardee as a Presidential Scholar. Currently, he’s pursuing a Master of Arts in Educational Administration in University of San Jose – Recoletos. He represented Cebu in the 2014 Ayala Young Leaders Congress and in the 2015 Aboitiz Future Leaders Business Summit. For heading many youth-led programs, he was the Jon Ramon Aboitiz Awardee for Personal Excellence of the Young Minds Academy Season 10. At present, he is the Academic Chairman for Senior High School Math and Research of the University of San Jose – Recoletos where he pioneered the MATHevation Campaign and the annual Josenian SHS Research Summit. Because of this, he was awarded as one of the six world finalists to the 2020 Most Dedicated Teacher Awards by the Cambridge University Press.
Professional Storyteller, Travel Writer, Aquatic and Terrestrial Biologist
Jude Bacalso is a professional storyteller, travel writer, as well as an Aquatic and Terrestrial Biologist. She studied genetics at the University of the Philippines. She’s written for Smile Magazine and Mabuhay Magazine. As she carries experience in speaking, we hope you enjoy her talk: Reignite your post-pandemic life by telling better stories.
Restaurateur, Founder of the Food and Wine Festival and Saturday Farmers Market
Kate Anzani will be presenting her talk on how flexibility, adaptability & creativity is the answer moving forward. With a bachelor's degree from Le Cordon Bleu and masters degree in gastronomy, she is very knowledgeable about the cooking industry. She is also very experienced as she’s the founder of both the Food and Wine Festival and Saturday Farmers Market. She is also part of the Food Tourism Board and is the president of the Anzani Hospitality International Group. She's a Green Choice Awardee, running 1 out of 3 sustainable restaurants in the Philippines.
Nicole Ong Oh
Founder and CEO of The Hub Cebu
Nicole Ong Oh is the founder and CEO of The Hub Cebu, a personalized phone case business. Both her and her business have made it possible for her to support various NGOs. She has been able to sponsor children in going to school, support our local fishermen, help an animal shelter, and donate air purifiers to PUJ drivers. Skilled in public speaking, management, and leadership, she will be giving a talk about how she found her routine during the pandemic in terms of balancing her busy work life with her social life.
Climate activist, Multimedia artist
She is a 23 year old climate activist and multimedia artist currently living in Manila, Philippines. She’s currently the National Coordinator of Extinction Rebellion Philippines while supervising digital content creation for other climate change groups. Her main focus is using Environmental Research and Design as a tool for community building and inspiring change. Her personal research revolves around eliminating plastic pollution in the Philippines by looking at systems of classism, colonialism, and consumerism. When she’s not doing climate work, you can catch her roller-skating, reading, and spending time with her pets! Let us welcome her talk Fighting Climate Anxiety through Community and Action.
Author and Illustrator
Zenaia C. Gray is lives in Northern Virginia with her mom, dad, and her three hermit crabs. She is an aspiring author and illustrator. She enjoys traveling and going on adventures with her family. Zenaia loves school. Her favorite subjects are math and science. She is an avid figure skater and a volleyball player. She is also a second-degree taekwondo black belt. Zenaia hopes to visit the Philippines soon to see her family and friends. She will be giving a talk answering the question, can being bored be a good thing?