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David Bonifacio

David Bonifacio is the Managing Director of New Leaf Ventures, a private investment group, and CEO of Bridge, a software AND a service solutions company. He also serves on the boards of other organizations.

Other than business, David is active in the social development world, having served in organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Real Life Foundation.

Joshua Malapit

Josh is a graduate student at the Disease Molecular Biology and Epigenetics Laboratory of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. As a young scientist, he is passionate about cancer research, and dreams to see the world free of the disease, hopefully within his lifetime.

Maria Fatima "Girlie" Garcia-Lorenzo

Fatima "Girlie" Garcia-Lorenzo is a Certified Child Life Specialist by the Child Life Council, USA. She completed her Child Life internship at the University of California San Francisco Hospital. She is a professional Child and Family Psychologist and holds experience in Human Resources, Organizational Diagnosis and Counseling, and conducts training seminars and research studies on Team Building, Leadership Training and Strategic Planning. She finished her graduate studies on Child and Family Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

Ms. Garcia-Lorenzo holds the distinction of being the First Filipino Ashoka Fellow. She was chosen because of her work as a social innovator in the field of children's health and public hospital system's change for the past 23 years.

Brian Tenorio

Brian Tenorio ( is CEO & Founder of Kape Coffee Company ( He is also an International Consultant for Branding and Design at the Asian Development Bank and the World Health Organization. Tenorio's has 18 years of experience in Design, Development work, and Entrepreneurship. Up until his retirement from Fashion in 2008, Tenorio Manila was one of the most publicized Filipino designer shoe brands in the country. He was also one of main proponents of the Design Competitiveness Act of the Republic of the Philippines. Tenorio is the first Filipino graduate of the Design Management Program of Pratt Institute in New York. He is the Chair of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce (

Ferdinand Dizon Medina of Sparrow Music

Musician, Community Leader, Guitar Teacher at UP College of Music, and life-coach. Graduated Bachelor of Music at UP Diliman, President of the Board of Directors of AMAIA-Ayala Land, Novaliches and the Executive Director of Sparrow Music Philippines.




About TEDxManila

TEDxManila 2009 was the first TEDx event in the Philippines, initiated by Filipino TED fellow and UP Computer Science Professor Rommel Feria. The first TEDxManila was held at the UP College of Law auditorium, featuring speakers like Graham Glass, Mel Tan, and Tony Oposa. To date, there have been 5 TEDxManila events since 2009, providing the local TEDx community the opportunity to hear the unique viewpoint of speakers like Gabe Mercado, Ben Rattray, Karylle Yuzon, Mahar Lagmay, and more, on a variety of topics. These TEDx talks are recorded and then uploaded to the main TEDx channel and is shared and viewed by people from all over the world.

TEDxManila is a non-profit organisation - entrance is free but is limited to the number of seats provided by the venue, so it's a first-come, first-served basis.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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