MAY 9-12, 2018


May 9, 2018, Wednesday, 1:30PM – 7PM – EXHIBITION



THE PHILIPPINES (Panel Discussion)
Manuel A.J. Teehankee,
Undersecretary for International Economic Relations Dept of Foreign AffairsTeodoro Locsin, Jr.,
Philippine Ambassador to the United NationsNancy VailakisBusiness Development Director, Augentius

Ramy Inocencio, Moderator
Award Winning Anchor and Correspondent Bloomberg Television and Radio News

  Manual A.J. Teehankee was appointed Undersecretary for International Economic Relations, Dept. of Foreign Affairs, in July 2016.  In November 2017, he was appointed Ambassador of the World Trade Organization which he once served as Permanent Rep in Geneva Switzerland (2004-11).  He also served as former chair of WTO’s Committee on Trade and Environment (2008-10).  He was Undersecretary of the Dept of Justice (2001-04) and Govt. Corporate Counsel (2002-03).  He holds a Law Degree from Ateneo de Manila School of Law and a Masters Law Degree from University of Michigan Law School.
  Teodoro Locsin Jr was appointed as the Philippines Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Sept. 2016.  He was the former Congressman representing Makati (2001-10).  A former journalist, he was an editorial writer for the Philippine Free Press (1967-72) and was publisher of the newspapers The Daily Globe and Today.  He was host of the editorial segment “Teditorial” for ANC’s nightly newscast, The World Tonight.  He worked the ACCRA LAW from 1977-82 and served as Executive Secretary to Enrique Zobel, Chairman of the Ayala Corporation and Bank of the Phil Is. He has served President Corazon Aquino as Minister of Information and President Legal Counsel.  He was also speechwriter for Presidents Joseph Estrada and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.  He holds a Law Degree from Ateneo de Manila School of Law and a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School.
Nancy Vailakis has over 14 years of alternative asset management industry experience as a business development, marketing and investor relations professional. She is currently Head of Business Development – Americas at Augentius, one of the largest independent alternative asset management service providers in the world, focused on private equity, venture capital and real estate fund administration and related solutions.  Prior to her tenure at Augentius, Nancy was Vice President of Investor Relations at Cerberus Capital Management where she covered the co-mingled institutional funds and fundraises with senior partners at the firm. Ms. Vailakis previously worked in a similar capacity at credit firm, BlueMountain Capital Management.  Nancy is involved with many non-profit and professional organizations including High Water Women and 100 Women in Finance.  She holds an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business and a BA from Binghamton University. She continues to serve Stern as an Alumni Advisory Board Member of the Stern Private Equity Club.
  Ramy Inocencio is a Bloomberg Television correspondent in New York reporting on finance and technology.  Inocencio joined Bloomberg from the Wall Street Journal Asia where he served as Deputy Editor, Video in Hong Kong for Asia-Pacific news as an anchor and reporter for WSJ Live.   prior to the Wall Street Journal, Inocencio served as CNN International’s Asia business correspondent in Hong Kong covering regional stock and finance news and as CNN’s NASDAQ reporter from Times Square in New York covering tech shares.


Skidmore Owings and MerrillVram Malek
Skidmore Owings and MerrillHank Hendrickson, Moderator
Executive Director, US-Philippines Society,
  Nicolas Medrano is an accomplished Architect with over 10 years of experience in a wide range of building typologies.  Throughout his career as a designer, he has lead the design of projects throughout the ASEAN Pacific region ranging from complex large scale mixed use projects to some of the world’s tallest and most iconic buildings.  With a focus on the integration of architecture, engineering and the environment, he approaches each project as a unique opportunity to explore ideas of social interaction, spatial experience and tectonic expression.  Many of Nicolas’ projects, include ACPT, have received awards and recognition in Asia and have contributed to the forward thinking and progressive development in cities such as Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Singapore and Manila.
  Vram Malek is an Associate and Project Manager in SOM’s New York office. With over 17 years experience practicing architecture, he has led the delivery of large, complex projects around the world.   Malek’s portfolio includes large-scale government projects, mixed-use developments, commercial, financial, healthcare, science and technology, interiors, residential and hospitality projects. His notable projects include the New NATO Headquarters in Brussels, THE ESSE Sukhuvmit 36 Luxury Residential tower in Bangkok and ongoing work on large, mixed-use developments around the globe. Malek’s work on projects in Southeast Asia, including highly sustainable development in Manila, Thailand, and Japan — reinforces the firm’s commitment to high-performance design, achieved through an integrated approach to architecture, engineering, and urban planning.  Vram Malek helps steer the firm-wide practice efforts in the Asia Pacific region as New York’s ASEAN Regional Practice Coordinator.  He holds a Bachelor of Architecture, Carleton University School of Architecture, Ottawa Canada.
  Hank Hendrickson helped launched the US-Philippines Society in Washington D.C. in June 2012. Hank is a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, with postings in East Asia (Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Korea), Europe and the Middle East.   During his postings to Asia, Hendrickson spent two tours in the Philippines, as a political officer (1979-83) and Counselor for Political Affairs (1995-97). Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was a commissioned officer in the Navy.  Hank graduated from Bucknell (BA) and holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University (MSFS).


Smart Ventures
  Rhonda Binda, Esq. is Co-Founder & VP Policy for Venture Smarter and Executive Director of the Regional Smart Cities Initiative, bringing smart city solutions to communities in the U.S. and around the world. Ms. Binda has a distinguished history of public service, as Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Intergovernmental Affairs Division and in the West Wing of the White House, under the Obama and Clinton administrations respectively. In between her government tours she practiced financial services, telecommunications and technology law. Ms. Binda most recently returned to her hometown and served as the Executive Director of the Jamaica, Queens, NY Business Improvement District. She graduated from Duke University, the Georgetown University Law Center and is an Oxford University Lord Rothermere Scholar. Ms. Binda teaches Administration of Global Institutions as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York.


Impactiv BioConsult
  Andrea Bartzen is a strategic commercial/communication consultant that partners with New York City investment teams looking to fund innovative biotech, life science and health tech companies. As a multidisciplinary strategic commercial pre-launch and launch expert, she has had successful results with the strategic planning, implementation and team leadership for some of the largest and influential pharmaceutical brand launches in the last 10 years. Through promo med ed, HCP promotion, market access and PR channels, she has directed full life-cycle development, from early commercial, medical need/disease-shaping at phase 2 (Ilaris), brand development (Keytruda), franchise positioning (BMS PD1) and post-LOE strategy (Lipitor). Bartzen has also helped develop breakthrough medical communication platforms in each category: Keytruda (Immuno-oncology/PD1 inhibitor); Pradaxa (stroke); Lipitor (cardiovascular) Atripla (HIV); Botox, Vimpat (CNS), as well as successfully developed education and communication strategies that shift KOL and specialists’ mindsets, leading to the transformation of medical paradigms and treatment norms.


May 10, 2018, Thursday, 9AM – 7PM – EXHIBITION




Josh Vasquez,
Area Manager, Philippine Airlines

Josh Vasquez is Area Manager in New York for Philippine Airlines.  His 18 year tenure with PAL covers assignment from Manila to Canada to Thailand to New York. He has served as Area Manager of Vancouver, Manager of Revenue Management International and Country Manager in Thailand in addition to sales and product manager.  He has a Business Administration Degree in Marketing from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila).


  Parangal Dance Company is a Filipino Folk Dance Group base in the San Francisco Bay Area that Aspires to Inspire.  Parangal (puh-ruh-ngal) means tribute.  Parangal Dance Company’s mission is to give tribute to Philippine heritage by preserving and promoting ethnic attire, music, and dance through research, workshops, and performances.  www.parangal.org


Beth Watson,
PhotographerRick Morris,
  Beth Watson Is an international multi-award winning photographer,  a judge for international photo competitions, and invited guest speaker at dive expos.  Photography and scuba diving are Beth’s passions. She adores the ocean and everything it has to offer. She strives to capture images that are unique, creative and thought-provoking by illustrating the beauty and wonders of the sea. Ultimately, she hopes to raise awareness and inspire individuals to conserve and preserve our ocean environment.  Her images have been published in books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, websites and have been selected for juried art exhibitions.  “Photography is a niche that allows me to express my creativity which fuels the artistic portion of my soul.”
  Rick Morris has been working in broadcast television and films for more than 30 years, most recently as the documentary producer/videographer for the Census of Marine Life and the Encyclopedia of Life Projects and as primary camera for “Countdown with Keith Olbermann”.  Mr. Morris also owns and operates his own production companies, r.e.m films and fly by night films and works all over the globe.  Rick has shot and produced programming for many of the major networks and cable channels as well as for non-profits and NGOs like The Nature Conservancy, The International Fund For Animal Welfare, The New England Aquarium, Oceana and The Conservation Law Foundation.  He has also been producing films for the Philippine Department of Tourism and the United Nations Environment Programs most recently in Manila in October of 2017.


Joebert Opulemcia,
Orientours USA
  Jose Opulencia, Joebert as he is fondly called, has been in the tourism industry for 40 years. He began with a couple of hotel start-ups in the Philippines.  In New York City, he opened Orientours Co., Ltd. in 1986, and USA & Orientours Co., Ltd. in 1992, seeing the demand for uncharted destinations.  Orientours Co., Ltd., is an outbound Tour Operator for Asia & the Pacific, while USA & Orientours Co., Ltd.  is a Destination Management Company covering USA, Canada and Mexico.  Joebert is also the Marketing Consultant of United Travel Services Inc., a Turkey base Destination Management Company who is also a member of Virtuoso, Signature, Ensemble, and USTOA.  Joebert has been instrumental in promoting tourism between Turkey and the Philippines.

May 11, 2018, Friday, 9AM – 7PM – EXHIBITION




Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso,
President and Chief Operating Officer, Cultural Center of the Philippines
   Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso is the new president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).  Born in Sta. Maria, Bulacan, he started his career in theater at the University of the East where he founded the UE Dramatic Guild. He played major roles in productions by the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and Repertory Philippines.  Lizaso is the first actor-director to assume the leadership of the CCP.  Among those who trained under him include Miss Universe 1973 and Ballet Philippines president Margie Moran, Pilar Pilapil, Tetchie Agbayani, the late host-comedian Bert “Tawa” Marcelo, and the late award-winning movie director Marilou Diaz-Abaya. He has served as a Trustee of the CCP for many years.


KINDING SINDAW, Performance  


  Kinding Sindaw (Dance of Light), founded in 1992 in New York City by Potri Ranka Manis, is renowned for its indigenous-led majestic dance theater productions which recreate the living traditions of dance, music, martial arts, storytelling, and oratory of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines. Its repertoire is of the Iranun, T’boli, Maranao, Maguindanao, Yakan, Higaonon, and Tausug peoples of the southern Philippines. By asserting their arts and living traditions, the historical and contemporary stories of these peoples are brought to life. In addition to La MaMa, the troupe has performed at Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, World Trade Center, Theatre of the Riverside Church, and various community events.


Panel Discussion
Ruben Nepales,
Former Chairman, Hollywood Foreign Press AssociationJanet Nepales,
Executive Secretary, Hollywood Foreign Press AssociationHezues R.,
  Ruben V. Nepales is an award-winning journalist based in Los Angeles. In 2012, he became the first and only Filipino to be elected as chairman of the board of the prestigious Hollywood Foreign Press Association or HFPA, which votes on and presents the annual Golden Globe Awards.  He is also the first Filipino to be elected as a member of the HFPA where he currently serves as a board member. He also serves on the board of directors of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra or FASO, the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines. Both HFPA and FASO are non-profit organizations.  Among Ruben’s honors are prizes from the National Entertainment Journalism Awards, a U.S.-wide competition, and the Southern California Journalism Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club. “My Filipino Connection…” is a collection of mostly published pieces from his widely-read Philippine Daily Inquirer column, “Only IN Hollywood.” The book reflects Ruben’s advocacy to spotlight talents of Filipino heritage who are excelling in the world entertainment stage.
    Janet Susan Rodriguez Nepales is an award-winning journalist who was voted by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) as one of the “100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the U.S.” in 2012 and one of the “100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the World” in 2013.  Janet is a co-author of the first FWN book, “DISRUPT: Filipina Women: Proud. Loud. Leading Without A Doubt.”  Based in Los Angeles, Janet is the first and only Filipina member of the prestigious Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) that presents the annual Golden Globe Awards. Janet was elected as the Executive Secretary of the HFPA and is the first Filipina to hold that position.  Janet has won awards from the Philippine American Press Club (PAPC) as well as the Los Angeles Press Club (LAPC). She won the Journalist of the Year Award in 2017 from the “Women of Worth” Awards in Los Angeles.  She is a a University of Santo Tomas (UST) Journalism cum laude graduate.
   Hezues R’ is a pioneering media entrepreneur with experience, insight and unique sensibilities in production, advertising and product development. Latin Nation referred to him as a “Latino Mogul in the making.” In 2014 Hezues R’ was Honored by the White House and President of the United States. Whether it’s Sean P Diddy Combs, Russell Simmons or Mona Scott-Young, Hezues R’ is sought out by icons of industry for his creative talent, unique sensibility of consumer behavior and savvy marketing. From inception of creative direction to execution of content and strategy, Hezues R’ has been a high-level creative force behind many major brands, shows, productions and products. Even as a Telly Award-Winner and Critically-Acclaimed Director, he hasn’t reached his “Directing” peak, being divided as an entrepreneur and successful Advertising Creative. Knowing that his greatest talent and potential is his storytelling voice and iconic vision w/ the ability to nurture talent performance; 2017 marks his return to Directing full-time
  Karen Gamba, Moderator



Aries Tuazon,
Ugly Kitchen Restaurant

  Aris Tuazon, a successful restaurateur and French Culinary Institute alumni, is currently owner and executive chef of highly rated restaurants in New York City.  His cuisine is Filipino progressive, moving forward and pushing the limits of the cuisine of his culture without losing its sense of nostalgia.  Honing his skills from his mother’s cooking and apprenticeship under head chefs in corporate and hospitality group settings, he eventually took the helm as executive Chef and Partner at Cafe 81 before venturing on his own with the opening of Ugly Kitchen.  Various prominent groups have taken notice and Aris has catered to dignitaries at the United Nations, Consulate General of the Philippines, Free Masons Grand Lodge of New York, Filipino Parades and his ventures have been known stops for celebrities from the Philippines and locally.  His accolades include a 2012 Chef of the Year Award from former Brooklyn Borough President/NYC Comptroller Stringer and former Mayor Bloomberg and the 2013 Chef and Restaurant of the year from The Outstanding Filipino American Award.  It is worth noting that Aris has levered his success in the culinary world to advance his philanthropic efforts and is passionate about giving back by raising funds towards victims of natural disasters in the Philippines and various regions.
330 PM



Textile Arts From Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The Hinabi Project (THP) promotes and sustains Philippine textile traditions. The founding director of THP is Anthony Cruz Legarda.

   Anthony Cruz Legarda is a Filipino American fashion designer and textile technologist who incorporates authentic handwoven fabrics from the Philippines and Asia into distinctive American apparel as well as modernizes luxurious ethnic cloth for the eco-fashion world. He is the founding director of The Hinabi Project (THP) which promotes and sustains Philippine textiles traditions.  He pursued a degree in Fashion Merchandising at the City College of San Francisco and furthered his education at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, graduating in Fashion Design. Legarda’s most recent achievements include: creating an eco-friendly clothing collection for the welcome reception and fashion show during San Francisco Week at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 and designing for Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the Science & Technology Ministers from Southeast Asian countries for the 8th Asean Science and Technology week in 2008.

May 12, 2018, Saturday, 9AM – 3PM – EXHIBITION