The TEDxXavierSchool Speakers of 2014. These people shall tell their stories of inspiring happiness.
John Micheal “Mike” Cuepo
Mike Cuepo, presently a Filipino teacher in Xavier, graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication Technology Management. However, he does not only limit his interactions and communication expertise with his students in the classroom. More commonly known as Mr. Cueps by students, peers and co-teachers alike, he actively participates in many of the school’s special programs and extra-curricular activities. He was once the head moderator of Xavier’s Voice of the Youth Concert Committee and is now currently the team leader for the Xavier China Experience: Yunnan, a special program of the school wherein Xaverians are sent to Yunnan, China to learn about their roots and their culture. Mr. Cueps is also into the theater arts as he performs in various plays staged by Ateneo’s Entablado. A jack-of-all-trades in many aspects, one may say. However, it wasn’t all sunny days and fair weather for, Mr. Cueps. Mike Cuepo’s inspiring and thought-provoking talk touches on his childhood and personal experience as he gives a twist on the ever-relevant topic of bullying.
When Kip was 12, he was running and hosting a radio program in Manila. This radio program won the prestigious Catholic Mass Media Awards for four straight years until it became part of the Hall of Fame.
The President awarded him as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines and the Benigno Aquino Award in 2005. He’s the youngest graduate of the Asian Institute of Management’s Masters in Development Management Program in its history. He was also the President of the San Beda Student Council and a two-time president of the Union of Catholic Student Councils of the Philippines.
His advocacies against child labor at a young age of 15 allowed him to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York and the International Labor Organization in Geneva and in 23 other countries.
He recently addressed the Skoll World Forum in Oxford and was the Keynote Speaker in the 50th Anniversary of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards together with the late President Cory Aquino.
He has been working for Visayan Forum Foundation against human trafficking for 7 years now. This year, he is directing his debut feature film, Tumbang Preso – A suspense-thriller about forced labor trafficking in a sardines factory.
He has been the coach of the Xavier Debate Team since 2005
Mark Ryan Tan
Mark Ryan Tan, apart from being a high school student, is known for a great deal of other things. Something he proudly calls himself is a writer. He loves stories, and he loves characters. Everything, from the nitty-gritty to the seemingly mundane, breathes life into the personalities we encounter both in stories and in real life. And every person is the star of his or her own story, after all.This pursuit of the understanding of the human spirit entrances him, captivates him. He yearns to know the stories behind the faces that make up the people around him. We are the sum of our stories, after all, and every story deserves a storyteller.
Family counselor Paolo Trinidad was always looking for new ways to improve his work. One day, he stumbled upon laughter yoga and decided to enroll. Here he found a tool not only for achieving happiness, but also for healing emotions and the spirit as well. Having gotten interested in the subject, he traveled all the way to India to learn the art from the founder of Laughter Yoga International himself, Dr. Madan Kataria. After finishing his training in India, he returned to the Philippines to practice the art, being one of only two certified Laughter Yoga Professors in the country.
Michelle Dayrit-Soliven was once just your everyday person, working as a jeweler and writing a column for Allure magazine, until one day she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2007. After shaking off her endometrial cancer, she was once again diagnosed to have cancer in 2012, this time with stage 3B breast cancer. Despite all this, she decided to look at the bright side of things, remained positive about her condition, and was considered one of Makati Medical Center’s happiest patients.
Rosanna is a designer, researcher, technologist and educator, whose interests lie at the intersection of digital media and learning.
As a designer, Rosanna is passionate about innovation in user experience, games, and interactive design. She is also interested in designing new learning spaces, both physical and virtual, that support collaboration, peer-to-peer learning, inquiry, experimentation and youth-driven production.
As a researcher, Rosanna explores new trends in the fields of education and human-centered design, synthesizing this knowledge with cutting edge technologies that can inform the way we think about learning in the 21st century. Currently, Rosanna is also thinking up new ways to innovate the way we work, by structuring deliverables as design challenges, reordering the work day and finding new opportunities for professional development.
As a technologist and educator, Rosanna explores the ways by which mobile and web-based apps, geo-tagged data, social networks, physical computing and games may provide situated learning environments where learners are encouraged to tinker, experiment, problem solve, engage in iterative design and share their work within communities of practice and with the public at large.
Most of all, Rosanna loves working with children and communities, helping foster meaningful interactions within and between communities through people and technology.