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Inspiring Filipinos who prove that life begins at 50

For these 50 personalities — from sports commentators, rock and roll legends, award-winning actors to internationally renowned academics — life doesn’t start to slow down at 50, it is only the beginning.

 

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Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Pop culture’s obsession with youth presents an illusion: that only twenty-somethings can revel in the fountain of youth. They say that the transition from your 20s to your mid-20s is supposedly an era of exhaustion and constant craving for indoor existence, and hours and hours of sleep. By the time you hit 30, you should be alarmed if you haven’t accomplished anything. Following that track, we should expect to be burnouts by the time we hit the big 5-0.

But who makes up these rules? If anything, getting to your 50s assures you a whole lot of things, as the people in the feature below would attest. Life is more stable, insecurities are stripped off, and the scent of youth is but a far-off presence. Graduating into adulthood, it seems, holds a wealth of possibilities, with wisdom that can be gleaned from years of experience. What is our 30s but a training ground for when life actually begins?

Talking to these people in this feature — which aims to highlight the dynamism of life at 50 and over — is a testament to the pitfalls of the ageism that we are fed. We marvel at people who don’t look their age, who accomplish great strides at their 60s, who can still shake their hips and party like they’re still 17-year-old rock and roll rebels — all because we’ve had this notion that anyone past 50 is milling at the twilight years (the term itself is tinged with gloom). But that shouldn’t be the case. Active ageing just gives us an opportunity to age gracefully and embrace possibilities, unshackled by the anxieties and pressures of youth. Age, after all, is nothing but a number.

“I was at the beginning again, a Magellan of me,” wrote Marc Jacobson on his essay in New York Magazine about learning to love life at 60. “Discovery” seems to be an alluring word at any age, but perhaps it is an important process when you can navigate freely. The power of choice plays at hand: there is active ageing and ageing that’s free-floating into calmer waters.

"Some people are deathly afraid of growing old ... [But] I suppose when somebody is engaged with meaningful work, at least for me, then you lose sight of time," says Bro. Armin Luistro, whose work continues to make him strive for better education in the country.

Singer and songwriter Moy Ortiz echoes the same sentiments about turning 50: "Not everyone gets the privilege and pleasure of ageing. A lot of the world teaches you that ageing is about decay; that it's about decline. It's the fire within.”

Presented with Nestlé Health Science Boost, the line of nutritional supplemental drinks formulated for the specific needs of active ageing adults, these 50 inspiring individuals are only but a few Filipinos who show that life only begins at 50, that ageing healthily and gracefully can mean a host of possibilities: staying fit, picking up a new sport, helping those in need, and changing the world. Nestlé Health Science Boost — which has key nutrients, proteins, as well as vitamins and minerals — celebrates the lifestyles of dynamic people who, with their wisdom, experience, and accomplishments, show no signs of slowing down.

For these 50 individuals, this stage in their lives means liberation, a refreshed mindset: some are in new careers, some are pursuing their passions, and some are moving to the beat of their own music.

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Ruby Gan

The founder of Schu, a shoe brand known for its colorful designs and franchised from Singapore in 2004, Ruby Gan also established Myth, a lifestyle store that makes Filipino designer pieces accessible to the public. At 56, she is a competitive power lifter, and more recently, the head of marketing for her family’s tire company, Bridgestone Philippines.

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Tessa Prieto-Valdes

Known for her outlandish looks and wide set of millinery hats, Tessa Prieto-Valdes is certainly more than her layers of false eyelashes. She is a philanthropist who, together with businesswoman Kaye Tinga, started Red Charity Gala, an annual fashion and fundraising event that benefits the Philippine Red Cross and the Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation, and is now on its ninth year. At 54, she still practices interior designing, writes for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and regularly goes scuba diving with her husband, Dennis.

RJ Jacinto

At 72, RJ Jacinto still grooves to the beat of his own music. Gigs and appearances are still part of his regular routine, not to mention a strict diet. He still bears the youthful spirit of rebellion that led him to establish the rock and roll station DZRJ at his parents backyard when he was 17. With a music business and serving as adviser to President Duterte, it seems Jacinto has no signs of slowing down soon.

Quinito Henson

During a press launch, Quinito Henson fiddles with his Fitbit, a gift given to him. He’s been enjoying the nifty gadget, which helps him stay fit at his age (he once set a personal record of 26,470 steps walking from Mall of Asia to Pasig). “The Dean,” as he is known, is still one of the most sought-after sports commentators and columnists, appearing on podcasts and TV shows for his sports expertise.

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Zsa Zsa Padilla

Zsa Zsa Padilla has lived many lives in her career. She’s a mother to three daughters, an accomplished actress and singer, whose tag, the ‘Divine Diva,’ proves how far she has gone since she began as a member of the band Hotdog in the ‘70s, right smack in the middle of the OPM revolution. At 53, she’s still a sought-after product endorser and keeps a daily fitness regimen. “I’m not shy about my age. I don’t look [like] it, do I?” she says.

Fr. Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin

Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ is a Jesuit physicist, educator, and the current president of Ateneo de Manila University. Aside from running a top Philippine university, he is a multi-awarded climate scientist whose work on greenhouse gas emissions earned him a place in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which, along with Al Gore, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Cory Quirino

Cory Quirino is a host, author, beauty and wellness expert, pageant titleholder, and former franchise-holder for Miss World Philippines, producing the likes of Megan Young during her term. After letting go of the pageant, she has returned to her ‘national wellness advocacy,’ focusing on personal fitness and encouraging young individuals to take care of their health.

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Charo Santos-Concio

Even after stepping down as the CEO of ABS-CBN in 2016, Charo Santos-Concio’s career as an actress is emerging once again. She is nominated for the Gawad Urian 2017 for her lead role in Lav Diaz’s “Ang Babaeng Humayo” and is set to make another film with the acclaimed auteur. She also recently wrote the book, “My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader,” which chronicles her rise from a probinsyana fan to one of the country’s most successful business leaders.

Lav Diaz

2016 was a banner year for filmmaker Lav Diaz, releasing two films which won awards at the Berlin Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival: the 8-hour opus “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis” featuring an ensemble of accomplished actors such as Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Cherie Gil, Angel Aquino, and Bernardo Bernardo; and “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” respectively. He was recently granted The Radcliffe Fellowship of Harvard University, while finishing his novel, and shooting another film with his “Ang Babaeng Humayo” star, Charo Santos-Concio.

Lulu Tan-Gan

The fashion designer is known to be the “Queen of Knitwear” in the Philippines, having used knits since 1985 up to this day. Still at the top of the fashion game, Lulu Tan-Gan is an advisory member of the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines, and was previously the president of the organization. She recently helped organize a retrospective exhibit on the work of National Artist Ramon Valera at the De La Salle - College of St. Benilde, where she is the chair for the Fashion Design and Merchandising program.

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Moy Ortiz

In the 30 years since he founded vocal group The Company, musician, singer, and songwriter Moy Ortiz has made significant contributions to the Filipino popular music and love song canon, including penning Aiza Seguerra’s modern classic, “Pagdating ng Panahon.” He currently teaches courses and workshops at MINT College and Trumpets Playshop. On the side, he also maintains a strict fitness regimen.

Related reading: Life begins at 50: How music keeps the dream alive

Nana Buxani

Buxani is a league of her own in the realm of photojournalism and documentary, and has exhibited and won awards in Japan, the Netherlands, and Germany. Her work deals with social issues such as poverty, women and children in difficult situations, war-torn regions, and the plight of indigenous people. She has worked for international publications and institutions such as Time, The New York Times, OXFAM-UK and UNICEF. She was recently in Marawi for a project about the crisis-ridden area.

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Mawen Ong

Mawen Ong, is an artist and the founder of MOs Design, an emporium of international furniture brands, including BoConcept and Vitra, which have been in the country for over 10 years now. Because of an affinity to the arts, she also opened MO_Space, an artist-run gallery on the third floor of MOs Design in Bonifacio High Street, where she features some of the country’s most important contemporary artists, such as Roberto Chabet, Lani Maestro, Kiri Dalena, and Nilo Ilarde.

Related reading: Life begins at 50: When passion is a day job

Millet Mananquil

The Philippine Star’s lifestyle editor and columnist, Millet Mananquil is known for elevating lifestyle journalism in the country, mentoring emerging and established writers, editors, and stylists.

Antonio La Viña

Antonio La Viña is a lawyer, educator, and policy expert. A former undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, he wrote a seminal paper on climate change in the 1990s, making him one of the first to recognize its impact worldwide. He continues to be a key negotiator in climate talks, while writing regularly about political and environmental issues.

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Sandy Daza

Sandy Daza is the most recognizable name in Philippine cuisine, taking after his mother, the famed Nora Daza, in making cooking accessible to everyone. The chef, T.V. host, columnist, and author has a string of shows and cookbooks under his belt. He currently travels the Philippines in search of new food finds for his show “Foodprints.”

Related reading: Life begins at 50: Three chefs shaping the Filipino palate

Alfredo Aquilizan and Isabel Aquilizan

As collaborators and as husband and wife, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan create projects that seek to symbolize, through material and abstract methods, facets of everyday human life and ideas of home, identity, displacement, family, and memory. They have exhibited in Australia (where they are currently based), the Netherlands, Japan, and Italy (for the Venice Biennale).

Gabby Barredo

A pioneer of kinetic sculpture in the Philippines, artist Gabby Barredo’s work — which includes mixed-media installations and furniture art pieces — is centered and built around found objects and fantastic surreal imagery that may be the stuff of either dreams or nightmares. He has exhibited in countries such as Germany, China, Brazil, and Singapore. In 2016, he also created a ballet, “Opera: A Rebirth in Three Acts,” which was staged at the CCP.

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Joey Ayala

Best known for making use of local indigenous instruments and fusing them with elements of modern music, singer-songwriter Joey Ayala has become an icon of Filipino folk and rock. He returned onstage last September with his concert “Mandiriwa,” where he performed with artists such as Dong Abay, Juan Miguel Severo, Gloc-9, and Bayang Barrios. Driven by curiosity and life experiences, he continues to inspire listeners to think for themselves and for others.

Ambeth Ocampo

Historian, journalist, and professor Ambeth Ocampo’s writings about Dr. José Rizal, which explored his life and work from different perspectives, helped reintroduce the national hero to a new generation. He also unearthed the manuscript for “Makamisa,” an unfinished novel by Rizal that he found in a collection of papers. His collection of historical essays for his “Looking Back” column was recently released in a boxed set edition.

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Audie Gemora

Hailed the “King of Philippine Musical Theater,” Audie Gemora is a thespian, actor, and educator known for his work with Repertory Philippines and several acclaimed productions. In his efforts to help Philippine theater thrive, he founded Trumpets Playshop and the Talent School of Academics and Arts. Gemora currently serves as entertainment director at Solaire Resort & Casino.

Eric Quizon

Enrico Smith Quizon, more popularly known as Eric Quizon, rose to fame by acting alongside his father Dolphy (most notably in 2000’s “Markova: Comfort Gay”) and is currently juggling duties as an acto (he recently starred in the primetime hit series “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano") and as a director.. He is remembered for his roles as part of a three-way loveteam in 1998’s “Pusong Mamon,” (which he co-directed with Joel Lamangan) and as the orphaned son of a Chinese patriarch in 2008’s “Crying Ladies,” which won him a Best Actor award.

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Bro. Armin Luistro

An educator’s educator, Bro. Armin Luistro served as secretary of the Department of Education for six years. His causes include the implementation of the K-12 Basic Education Program, as well as better sex education from upper elementary to high school. In July 2017, he was appointed the president of the leading De La Salle University and will complete his term until 2020.

Related reading: Life begins at 50: Education as public service

Lani Maestro

Lani Maestro left the Philippines during the martial law years and has been “claimed” by various contexts, working in Canada for a long time — where she was conferred one of the highest visual arts awards of Canada, the Hnatyshyn Prize in 2012 — but is currently in France. Her work for the Philippine Pavilion at the prestigious Venice Biennale, two neon texts that hang from temporary and built structures, engage with the idea of the body and space. At the center of the pavilion is her new work, “meronmeron”: wooden benches — bangkó — that ask audiences to sit in order to contemplate the relationship of the viewer to the artwork around them. Her practice has taken on various forms such as installation, sound, bookworks and video.

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Jaclyn Jose

“Shut up. Bitch ka lang, ako super bitch.” Only Jaclyn Jose can deliver a line with equal parts deadpan and camp. She’s played almost everything: a suffering mother (“Mula sa Puso”), an evil grand dame (“Mundo Mo’y Akin”), and a zany roadtrip’s matriarch (“Patay na si Hesus”). Though Jaclyn Jose has had a career as an actress, it took last year’s “Ma’Rosa” for her to win the prestigious Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival. But it’s not that Jose needs validation. Her career is a testament to her formidable talent.

Margarita Forés

Awarded Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2016, Margarita Forés continues to be an innovative force in the local culinary industry. At 58, she runs the helm of successful restaurants Cibo, Lusso, Grace Park, and Alta, at the same time using her influence to advance Philippine cuisine all over the world. Her T.V. show “Harvest” makes a case for slow food.

Susan Madrigal-Eduque

A philanthropist and cancer survivor, Eduque is the chair of Consuelo Chito Madrigal Foundation, which looks after scholarships, livelihood, and microfinance loans. She is also involved with foundations such as Habitat for Humanity, Children’s House, and ICanServe Foundation.

Fabio Enrique Posas

In 2013, interventional cardiologist Dr. Fabio Posas, M.D., was dubbed as the Philippines’ ‘heart plumber,’ for performing complex Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedures on 13 people, all with a 100 percent success rate. Aside from leading the team that conducted the pioneering heart treatment, Dr. Posas has been making strides in heart surgery for the past few years, particularly since 2012 when St. Lukes Medical Center introduced the TAVR.

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Ariel Manuel

Ariel Manuel, the chef of celebrated restaurant Lolo Dad’s, now leads his own restaurant, Bistro Manuel, his first restaurant at 53. The menu is a mix of classics and new creations, catering both to Lolo Dad’s 14-year-old patronage and another generation of diners yet to uncover Manuel’s brand of contemporary comfort food.

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Budji Layug

Budji Layug is the interior designer of Budji + Royal. His fame as a furniture designer largely stemmed from his commitment to organic forms and materials, especially those found in the Philippines, such as abaca, sea shells, bamboo, and coconut shells. Because of his fresh transformation of these materials into uniquely modern designs, his first design piqued the interest of Bloomingdale’s in the ‘80s and the brand brought it to New York for their festival. He then became a consultant for the International Trade Expositions and Missions, and eventually, the 2013 creative director of Manila FAME, among many others thereafter. His latest projects include The Enclave Alabang and the resort-airport at the Mactan Terminal 2 in Cebu which is slated to open in June 2018.

Brillante Mendoza

The 57-year-old auteur made his mark during Philippine cinema’s era of transition into digital filmmaking. Debuting with “Masahista,” Mendoza went on to craft a body of work that discussed social justice, environmental crisis, cultural relations, and corruption. His films have been included at the Main Competition slate of the Cannes Film Festival, where he won Best Director for “Kinatay” in 2009. He recently directed the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte and is the head of the annual Sinag Maynila Film Festival.

Queena Lee-Chua

Queena Lee-Chua is a speaker, writer, and faculty member at the Ateneo de Manila University. A prolific mathematician and advocate for ‘technological understanding and appreciation,’ she has consistently pushed to increase science literacy levels for Filipinos and continues to advance issues in learning psychology, popular math and science, parenting, and youth. Among others, her work has earned her the Third World Academy of Sciences Regional Prize for Public Understanding of Science (2010), Men and Women of Science (2008), and the Metrobank Outstanding Teacher Award (2003). She is currently conducting math science research on the National Institute of Education in Singapore, and will launch a book on family businesses in December 2017.

Ryan Cayabyab

The Maestro, Ryan Cayabyab is the man behind some of the most beautiful songs of the Philippines, such as “Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka,” and “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika.” He is a multi-awarded and world-renowned musician, creating music for films, musicals, orchestras, choirs, and television specials. From his group Smokey Mountain in the 1990s, he now leads and trains the Ryan Cayabyab Singers, a seven-member musical group.

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Mark Justiniani

Artist Mark Justiniani calls forth magical realism in his reflective installations, which continually challenge the viewers’ perception of reality — a far cry, or perhaps a natural progression, from his early leanings toward social realism. He has represented the Philippines in various worldwide conferences and exhibitions since 1992 and recently opened a solo show at the Mizuma Gallery in Singapore.

Danton Remoto

Danton Remoto made great strides in his LGBT rights activism when he became founding chairman of the Ladlad Party List, which CNN had once called “the only gay political party in the world.” In addition to being an award-winning writer and educator, Remoto has worked as a communications analyst at the United Nations Development Programme.

 

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Erik Matti

From “Scorpio Nights 2” to “Seklusyon,” director Erik Matti has proven himself as a master of genre filmmaking. He directed weighty films such as the John Lloyd Cruz-starrer “Honor Thy Father” and “OTJ,” which premiered at the Director’s Fortnight at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. He is slated to direct the new film adaptation of “Darna,” with Liza Soberano.

Michael Tan

A medical anthropologist, writer, and academic, Michael Tan was appointed 10th Chancellor of UP Diliman in 2014. His column “Pinoy Kasi” for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, discussing science, politics, history, and everything in between, has made him a key opinion leader, valued for his thoughts on local culture. His writing has earned him, among others, the De La Salle Scholarum award in 2014, and the Rizal Outstanding Chinese-Filipinos Award for Literature and Journalism in 2005.

Dado Banatao

A long way from walking barefoot on a dirt road in Malabbac, Cagayan to reach his elementary school, three-time start-up veteran Dado Banatao later changed the game for the Silicon Valley crowd (and the rest of the world, for that matter) — let’s just say he developed pieces of technology that helped computers work a lot faster.

Boy Abunda

The King of Talk still reigns as the trusted authority on media personalities with his nightly show “Tonight with Boy Abunda.” Just last year, he finished his Ph.D. at the Philippine Women’s University and recently established the Boy Abunda LGBT Awards, which aims to recognize voices and movements upholding the rights of the LGBT community. He also recently released his book, “It’s Like This: 100+ Abundable Thoughts,” which is the first of a planned trilogy.

Wig Tysmans

A self-taught photographer who has been taking photos professionally for more than 30 years, Wig Tysmans is a sought-after corporate, documentary, and advertising photographer whose camera has captured company CEOs and other prominent personalities, including Philippine presidents. He has also exhibited his works at the BenCab Museum in Baguio, and photographed for landmark coffee table books such as “Sinaunang Habi: Philippine Ancestral Weave (The Nikki Coseteng Filipiniana Series 1),” which details the indigenous weaving culture of the Philippines.

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Noel Cabangon

Musician Noel Cabangon continues to practice Filipino folk, and is behind the socially relevant songs “Kanlungan” and “Tatsulok.” Aside from expressing unique Filipino sentiments through his music, he also protects Filipino music as supporter and former president of the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (FILSCAP). He now mentors aspiring songwriters at the Philpop Songwriting Bootcamp.

Gina Alajar

Gina Alajar started out as a child actress when she was eight years old, starring in a film opposite Roderick Paulate. She went on to become an award-winning actress, working with Philippine cinema’s best directors, such as in “Bayan Ko” (Lino Brocka), “Brutal” (Marilou Diaz Abaya), “Salome,” (Laurice Guillen), and “Mulanay” (Gil Portes). She recently starred in the 2017 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival entry, “Nabubulok” and “Madilim ang Gabi,” a film about the administration’s drug war, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

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Arturo Molina

A conductor and music director of the Manila Symphony Orchestra, Professor Arturo Molina is regarded as one of the finest musicians and conductors in the Philippines. He was trained at famed conservatories in Moscow and Kiev, where he was part of an intensive program under Alexander Yegerov, a protégé of David Oistrakh.

Bembol Roco

In his critically acclaimed role as Julio Madiaga in “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag,” Bembol Roco was initially credited as Rafael Roco, Jr. Professional name change aside, Roco has enjoyed a long-standing and illustrious career on television and film, along with the distinction of being one of the most respected actors in the country. He recently starred in acclaimed films such as “Pauwi Na,” “AWOL,” and “Baconaua.”

Joel Torre

IMDB lists 173 acting credits to Joel Torre’s name, ranging from the iconic to the numerous roles in primetime teleseryes — a mark of versatility and an ability to morph into any role he’s given. This seasoned character actor has given us compelling performances on both film and T.V., more recently as the villainous patriarch in the MMFF entry “Die Beautiful” and Nadine Lustre’s understanding father in ABS-CBN’s “On the Wings of Love.” His upcoming projects include “OTJ 2,” a sequel to the 2013 film “OTJ” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Clement Camposano

Clement Camposano is a migration anthropologist and educator, currently a faculty member at UP Diliman's College of Education. An inspiring educator, he is one of Step Up’s model teachers for its #DearTeacher campaign, a nationwide program (organized with the Department of Education and Australian AID) aimed to get more teachers into public schools. He sat on the board of the Philippine Anthropological Association and headed the Philippine Center for Civic Education and Democracy.

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Christine Jacob-Sandejas

Christine Jacob-Sandejas, is a SEA Games medalist for swimming who also competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics in the U.S. She was offered to host the longest running noontime show “Eat Bulaga” in 1990, and has since presented shows in GMA, ABS-CBN, and CNN Philippines, among others. When she’s not busy hosting T.V. programs while attending to her five kids, she continues to stay active by running, doing yoga, and playing tennis.

Jose Javier Reyes

An award-winning director, screenwriter, and educator, Jose Javier Reyes’ experience in the entertainment industry spans over four decades. He wrote the screenplay for Peque Gallaga’s landmark film “Oro, Plata, Mata” and also directed modern classics such as May Minamahal,” “Batang PX,” and “Radio Romance.” Reyes has won over 20 awards and 60 nominations, from institutions such as the Gawad Urian and the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. At 62, he is now a senior industry fellow at De La Salle - College of St. Benilde’s Digital Filmmaking program.

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Sylvia Claudio

After a stint practicing medicine and witnessing the problems of women firsthand, Dr. Sylvia Claudio co-founded the organization Likhaan, which focuses on reproductive health and rights issues. She is the director of the UP Center for Women’s Studies and teaches Women, Gender and Development Studies at the College of Social Work and Community Development.

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Manuel Dayrit

A former Department of Health secretary, Dr. Manuel Dayrit has been at the helm of numerous advances for disease control and public health in the Philippines thanks to his work in research, the academe, and the government. He now serves as dean at Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health.

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