Intramuros Tour Presented by Suyomano

Until we can freely travel again, hop on this virtual tour of the “Walled City” in Manila, rich in history and culture. And PJ Hernandez will make it so much fun!


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This panel is scheduled for:

Day 1:  Nov. 4,  10:00-11:30 p.m. ET  (Nov. 5,  10:00-11:30 a.m. Philippines)


Paul John D.R Hernandez is the founder of a passion project titled “The Traveling Salakot.” It aims to promote, protect and enrich Filipino culture and arts through walking or virtual tours and creative presentations. Tara na at maglakbay kasama ang The Traveling Salakot!

Turon or not to run: Live food demonstration and Filipino Street Food! Presented by Suyomano

Test your knowledge of Filipino street food as Chef Kristen Dominguez creates turon and Banana Cue!


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This panel is scheduled for:

Day 1:  Nov. 4,  7:30-9:00 p.m. ET  (Nov. 5,  7:30-9:00 a.m. Philippines)


Kristen Dominguez has worked in the culinary industry for over 10 years, with her experience ranging from corporate kitchens to small business kitchens and everything else in between. Her specialties include vegan and vegetarian cuisine, baking, and Asian cuisine (with a focus in Philippine cuisine). She is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


John Sherwin Felix is a food heritage advocate and a BA Communication graduate of Far Eastern University (magna cum laude, batch 2019). Using his communication background, he specializes in documenting indigenous and endangered ingredients found across the Philippine archipelago. He shares knowledge, recipes, photographs of native food items in various online platforms.


Gold in Our Veins: Mark Lewis Lim Higgins at the Ayala Museum

On 21 February 2019, the Ayala Museum in partnership with the BPI Foundation and Mercedes Zobel opened to the public a landmark exhibition featuring the works of artist and educator Mark Lewis Lim Higgins – its last exhibition before the museum closed for renovations in 2019.

Entitled Gold in Our Veins, the exhibition tells the story of a re-imagined antiquity through a series of portraits inspired by the ancient histories of Indochina, the East Indies, and the Philippine Archipelago.

Together with these works of art are objects from the Ayala Museum’s collection handpicked by Higgins himself to expand the exhibition’s narrative; an unprecedented undertaking as the museum’s objects for the first time will be shown beyond their historical and cultural significance.

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Scheduled for:

Day 2:  Nov. 5,  10:00-11:30 p.m. ET  (Nov. 6,  10:00-11:30 a.m. Philippines)



Reaching Beyond Words: Storytelling as Key to Building Communities

We love telling stories. With words, stories are heard. But with heart in the craft, stories are felt. With their chosen medium, our panel will each share the “Why” behind their craft and the stories that transcend time and place.

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This panel is scheduled for:

Day 2:  Nov. 5,  7:30-9:00 p.m. ET  (Nov. 6,  7:30-9:00 a.m. Philippines)


Sophia Labayen is a former FM radio host and producer. She has professionally hosted numerous events ranging from weddings, concerts, seminars and sporting tournaments. She now owns and operates a photography studio specializing in food and product photography. Sophie graduated with a degree in Broadcast Communications from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.


Arjay Arellano, Humanitarian Photographer with ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency)

Arjay Arellano is a humanitarian photographer and filmmaker. He has documented the plight of people in extreme poverty, refugees, and internally displaced people in communities affected by disasters. He has traveled to several countries around the world supporting the work of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International. Prior to being based in the states, he was a faculty of the University of the Philippines, teaching Broadcasting and Media Studies. He is a passionate storyteller who strives to highlight stories that promote social justice, peace and equality.


Meriden Villanueva is a Filipino American actor, writer, and producer. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting and Visual Media with a concentration in TV and Film Production from Seton Hall University.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pilipino Workers Center and was former Executive Director for FilAm Creative. She was also one of the ten selected delegates for the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) in 2018 and received an award for Emerging Leaders at the The Outstanding Pilipinos Awards in 2019. She has acted in Filipino American movies including “Lumpia With A Vengeance,” “Stateside,” and “Jeepney.” She wrote, produced, and starred in her short film called “The Coconut Chick.” She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and is represented by SoCal Talent, Pretigious Models, and Image Powerhouse.


Lydia Querian is a designer, dancer, and musician who left her corporate career to pursue cultural work. Born and raised in the Philippines who lived in San Francisco for 10 years and now based in Hawaii. She’s done several performances, having toured nationally and internationally with Dancing Earth, KulArts, Parangal Dance Company and Fusion Dance Project. Querian was a featured artist at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2017. Lydia completed Fashion Design and Fashion business certification from Parsons New School and as her work evolves, she frequently immerses with indigenous communities in both Southern and Northern Philippines. Her work was recently featured at this year’s SS21 New York Fashion Week. Daily Malong helps empower Indigenous Filipino artisans to continue their living traditions by extending appreciation in the diaspora. She believes that bringing indigenous weaving practices to the future perpetuates time-tested traditions, helping the present and protecting the future. Each indigenous textile worn today helps wearers and weavers navigate societal atrocities, prevent climate change, and restore a more sustainable environment.


Morris Jamlang is the Co-Founder/Creative Director of Equilibrium U.S.G. (Urban Survival Gear) in Chicago, IL USA. He was born in Manila, Philippines and came to the states at the age of 14. Out of high school he enlisted for 8 years in the US Army as a Combat Engineer and now an honorably discharged veteran. In college, Jamlang was classically and technically trained in multiple facets of art including drawing, painting and sculpting as well as 3D and graphic design. After 15+ years of experience in commercial art in the video game, automotive aftermarket, advertising and web design industry under his belt, combined with the tutelage and mentorship of his father, who had over 20+ years of extensive experience and resources in the bag manufacturing industry, he created his first modular gear and accessories company, Equilibrium U.S.G., in 2005. He was later granted a utility patent for his modular system in 2014.


Pinoy Pasko Around the World with TFC News Anchors

There is nothing like Christmas in the Philippines. Cheerful carols and ’emo’ Pasko songs are heard all day over the radio, and in the malls, starting September 1st. At night, streets are flooded with color from the bright, dancing holiday decors around every building, lamp posts and homes. We all know this is the time to be with family and loved ones, the time to celebrate another year of togetherness despite hardships and challenges. The holidays bring so much joy to us Pinoys, we want to celebrate it for over a third of the entire year! But what if, you are away from the homeland, how is Pasko for you in your part of the world?


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This panel is scheduled for:

Day 1:  Nov. 4,  10:00-11:30 p.m. ET  (Nov. 5,  10:00-11:30 a.m. Philippines)


Marlino Bitanga is the Officer in Charge and Head of Operations for MYX. MYX is media conglomerate ABS-CBN’s top global youth TV, radio, digital & events platform with over 15M social media followers and 4M Unique Viewers monthly. His team has helped agencies, brands and companies like McDonald’s and Netflix, strategize campaigns to reach their target audience. His career began as a DJ and On-Air Personality for Wild 94.9 FM in San Francisco, Jammin’ Z90 FM in San Diego, along with notable guest appearances on some of the biggest iHeartRadio stations across the United States. With a passion for elevating awareness of Filipino and Asian talent, in his spare time, he is a frequently requested speaker at community events, works with business leaders as a brand expert and mentor, and is founder/producer of the popular global podcast “Heavy Rotation – Filipino Hip Hop and R&B”.


TJ Manotoc has been a sports commentator and news broadcast journalist in the Philippines for over 20 years.
As a sportscaster and sports journalist, TJ has covered games in the collegiate and professional level in Philippines’ as well as international competitions abroad.
As a news anchor TJ led several news shows and newscasts on ANC (the ABS-CBN News Channel) and Studio 23.
And as a field journalist TJ covered a gamut of topics from sports, consumer business to tech to health and modern day heroes.
In recent years TJ had also made his mark in Philippine society as a staunch mental health advocate
He brought his nearly two decades of experience to The Filipino Channel as the News BUREAU Chief for ABS-CBN News for North and Latin America when he was assigned in 2018
He is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Rose Eclarinal has covered Europe’s most significant news events for ABS-CBN’s worldwide audience: from the London royal wedding to the canonisations of popes in Rome. she has spanned the European continent as the network’s eyewitness to its unfolding history, while breaking the latest developments in OFW crises.
She is currently ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau’s Senior News Correspondent and heads the news bureau’s news gathering in the region. Trained in Manila and in various European countries, she began her career in local broadcast journalism as a researcher and writer for ABS-CBN’s investigative magazine, The Inside Story, before becoming correspondent for the award-winning weekly documentary program, The Correspondents.
She also worked her share of news executive positions, as senior producer and story editor for the network’s primetime newscast, TV Patrol and as executive producer of f, the longest-running lifestyle magazine program on ABS-CBN.
Eclarinal has trained in media extensively overseas, earning diplomas in international broadcast journalism.
A graduate of UP Diliman 1996, she holds multiple degrees from the Erasmus Mundus Journalism masters program, from Denmark’s Aarhus University, University of Amsterdam and University of Swansea in Wales, specialising in Globalisation and Reporting Global Change.
Apart from the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship given by the European Union, she is the recipient of the UK government’s Chevening program and the Netherlands fellowship program.
In 2014, Rose conceptualised and co-funded an independently-produced magazine show on the Filipino Channel (TFC), aimed at showcasing the extraordinary stories of Filipinos on the continent. The first of its kind for the Filipino diasporas, it won recognitions and awards. The digital public service program was awarded The National Lottery Community Fund in 2020 and 2021.
Rose is married and is a mother to a 9-year-old girl. She is global Pinay who has lived in Denmark, the Netherlands, Wales and now in England. She is an overseas Filipino for 16 years now and also maintains home in the US.


Paolo Gabriel Benitez, TCK, aspiring writer and dancer when no one’s looking, Paolo has been living in the UAE for 24 years! Working with Illustrado as a Brand Manager, he has written, produced and hosted shows for Illustrado Magazine, chronicling Filipino history in the gulf and championing community talents and personalities. He also does production, communications and creative work for the Illustrado agency, co-producing awesome ad campaigns and taking on one global project at a time. In his secret double life as an Otaku, he eats, dances, makes art, and is currently writing a space fantasy novel.