We Are One Filipino Summit
April 30th, 2011
Las Vegas, Monte Carlo
Special Appearances for WAOF April 30th Event
Efren Geronimo Peñaflorida Jr. is a teacher and social worker in the Philippines. He is the founder and head of the Dynamic Teen Company, which offers Filipino youth an alternative to street gangs through education and recreating school settings in unconventional locations such as cemeteries and trash dumps.
In March 2009, Peñaflorida was featured as a CNN Hero as part of the news network’s program to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to help others. On November 22, 2009, he was named CNN Hero of the Year for 2009.
Alexander L. Lacson
A Great Believer in the Filipino
Alex Lacson is a great believer in the Filipino. He is the author of the famous poem “I am Filipino”,
and the bestselling author of the book “12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country”.
Today, he is one of the country’s top and best speakers on the Filipino and Patriotism, receiving around
200 speaking invitations every year in the past 5 years. He has received several awards, including the
Good Citizen/Good Filipino Award given by the People Power Commission in 2009. He was one of the
young and new faces invited by President Benigno S. Aquino III to run during the May 2010 senatorial
elections. He is the founder and chairman of Kabayanihan, a foundation that promotes a Culture of
Greatness for the Filipino. Alex is a poet, writer, activist, leader, and nation-builder. He believes that
every Filipino is part of the whole, part of the answer and of the hope of our country.
Jay Michael O. Jaboneta
Head for New Media under the Presidential Communications Operations Office
Jay loves to help people, companies, non-profits and brands breathe life into their brand story. He is currently Head for New Media under the Presidential Communications Operations Office and leads the team that manages the President’s official website and social networking presence.
Jay is a hungry man. He eats at least a hundred books a year, loves chocolate and sometimes can’t live without coffee. He is working and has worked for organizations as diverse as the Philippine Government, Procter & Gamble Philippines, and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (including Metrobank Card Corporation).
Jay believes remarkable people and organizations deserve the attention of the world.
Antonio Meloto or “Tito Tony” was born in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, and is the founder of Gawad Kalinga, an international humanitarian movement that was started in the Philippines to build communities for the poor. From its first Gawad Kalinga community of 2,000 homes in 18 villages in Bagong Silang, Gawad Kalinga has grown into almost 1,700 communities in the Philippines and now has a presence in other developing countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia, Papa New Guinea, and Mexico.
Tito Tony is married to Lyn Dizon, and has five children – Ana, Amalia, Jay, Camille, and Celine.