OPENING PLENARY Presented by The Filipino Channel

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Day 1:  Nov. 4,  9:00-10:00 p.m. ET  (Nov. 5,  9:00-10:00 a.m. Philippines)

Francine Maigue has been recognized as “The Face of Global Pinay Power” and as “1 of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the World.” In 2020, she was included in San Diego Metro Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” selected as “Woman of the Year.”

She graduated with her Master’s in Management from Harvard University and her Bachelor’s in World Arts & Cultures from UCLA. She received awards from both including the Commencement Speaker Prize, Young Humanitarian, Outstanding Senior, Chancellor’s Service, Woman for Change, and Homecoming Queen Awards.

She is an accomplished performer & director. She studied the Royal Academy of Dancing technique, receiving High Honors. Francine danced at The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Center and The Seoul Olympic Stadium, to name a few. She’s contributed to multiple Emmy Award-winning shows and was the Director and Choreographer of the World Premiere Theatrical Production of Disney’s MOANA.

She is in her eighth year as District Director for California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, tenaciously working to develop and sustain programs and events that help ensure equity, inclusivity and resources for all of their ~500,000 constituents. Francine is in her 12th year as a weekly columnist for The Filipino Press and is the Poet-in-Residence for New Americans Museum, advocating for immigrant rights through her art.


Aika, TRICIA and JILLIAN Robredo

Observing from the backstage: Insights on building a community and carrying a legacy

Jessica Marie “Aika” G. Robredo is the Executive Director of Restart Micro-Enterprise (RestartME), Inc., a microfinance wholesale lending organization that provides post-disaster quick response livelihood funds to microentrepreneurs. She is also Chairman of Jesse M. Robredo Foundation.

Previously, Aika spent significant years working in the private sector, particuarly in the oil, gas and power industry. She also worked in the Department of Transportation, and eventually in the Office of Civil Defense, where the focus was on Disaster Risk Resilience and Management.

Aika finished her master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard Kennedy School in 2018. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University in 2008.

Janine Patricia “Tricia” G. Robredo is a primary health physician and a public health advocate in the Philippines. Aside from working in the frontlines, she has been deeply involved in various initiatives that strive to improve delivery of healthcare. She was instrumental in the development and operation of Bayanihan eKonsulta, a free telemedicine and emergency response platform created to make healthcare more accessible to indigent Filipinos and to decongest hospitals working beyond capacity due to the ongoing pandemic. Tricia is also the Executive Director of the Jesse M. Robredo Foundation.

Tricia obtained her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Ateneo de Manila University in 2014. She finished her medical degree (MD) and master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH) in 2020.

Jillian Therese “Jill” G. Robredo is currently a senior at New York University double majoring in Mathematics and Economics.  On campus, she’s the Consulting Director of Bridges for Enterprise New York, a non-profit organization supporting social entrepreneurs in developing countries.In 2018, she graduated from Philippine Science High School – Main Campus.

Day 2 Plenary Session presented by The Filipino Channel

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Day 2:  Nov. 5,  9:00-10:00 p.m. ET  (Nov. 6,  9:00-10:00 a.m. Philippines)


Atty. Francis Padua Papica started the Francis Padua Papica Foundation, Inc. (FPPFI) in 1997. Today, the foundation has given hundreds of scholarships, provided thousands of books, and school supplies, conducted the annual FPPFI leadership conventions.

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.