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adobo Festival of Ideas
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Resorts World Manila (

Announcing the fifth adobo Festival of Ideas, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, one-day conference featuring speakers who we deem as agents of innovation from across the Asian region. We aim to inspire a generation of decision-makers, entrepreneurs, creators, artists, consultants, the academe, and culture-shapers.

We take a look into how we connect the unconnected, open up industries previously exclusive to a few. We dive in the supply and demand of new partnerships, and how unrelated industries can make game-changing innovation and behavioral alterations. We unravel the boundaries between trades, and explore how the digital and physical world is merging, creating a new organism that can only be described as The Connectivity Economy.

Connecting the unconnected industries and sectors like Data & Technology, Environment, Education, Entertainment, Infrastructure, Food, Business, Science, Health, People, Mobile, Makers, Arts & Culture, Sound, and Media & Communications. Interesting right?

Data & Technology | The coders, the automators, the people behind artificial intelligence
Sustainability | The ones redefining how we do business, placing Mother Nature at its core
Education | Those who impart knowledge, hone skills, teach the next generation
Entertainment | The creatives whose expression opens minds, entices, and brightens
Infrastructure | The builders and designers of cities in the world
Food Those who grow and process what we eat
Business | The minds that make the cash flow continuously
Science | Those who breakdown the physical world into concepts so they can build it back up, the men who send people in space
Health | Those who study the mind and body and help improve mankind’s collective wellbeing
People | Those who believe in inclusivity, be it in gender, age, race, etc.
Mobile | The people who make the world move, those who connect the physical and digital, those who put the logic in logistics
Makers | The producers and manufacturers that make life easier and better
Arts & Culture | Those who see the world in a different light and interpret them in creative ways unseen before
Sound | The song makers, the audio engineers, people who design with audio
Media & Communication | The storytellers, the people who follow the smoke, the people who connect ideas

The world is made of tiny cogs and gears that work in clusters — microcosms that make up the tides of trade and commerce that move industries, economies, and the entire globe.

We are taking a deeper look into what kind of innovations are disrupting the way we create, and how collaboration over competition is driving the economy. Explore our sectors →

This year’s roster of speakers will be touching on how different sectors connect and collaborate in previously unseen ways that could help change the way we run businesses, transform how we live our lives, and ultimately change the world.

Rachel Renucci-Tan

Co-Founder and President,
Chen Yi Agventures

For about 18 years, Rachel Renucci worked abroad as an investment banker. But after seeing the onslaught that Yolanda brought to Leyte, she decided to come home to the Philippines, towing along her husband Patrick to build a state-of-the-art milling facility that would help provide farmers in Leyte a better livelihood.

Patrick Renucci

Co-founder and Sr. Technical Consultant,
Chen Yi Agventures

Despite being a founder of one of the largest printing companies in Paris, Patrick Renucci left his business behind to find a way to live a new life in the Philippines while helping others. Now he runs a post-harvest facility in Leyte together with his wife Rachel to help out farmers affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Reina Reyes

Head of AC Analytics,
Ayala Corporation

With a Ph.D in Astrophysics, Reina Reyes’ career in science goes a long way. Her involvement in her field has contributed to the country’s national development, as proven by her Gawad Lagablab Award, and she is now the Head of AC Analytics at Ayala Corporation. She’s been touted as “The Filipina Who Proved Einstein Right” after publishing her research on testing general relativity.

Architect Royal Pineda

Co-Founder & Lead Architect,
BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design

Known for his distinct, responsive design and practical construction using various sustainable and innovative technologies, Arch, Royal Pineda is a staunch believer in the value of mixing modern and traditional elements, and fusing indigenous materials with artisanal methods.

Alexander de Leon

Head of Product Marketing,
Instagram Asia-Pacific

Currently heading the overall product strategy and go-to-market initiatives for Instagram Asia-Pacific, Alexander de Leon spent prior of his career at Google and YouTube, working across both technical and business development roles.

Tuomas Peltoniemi

EVP & Managing Director,

Tuomas Peltoniemi has been in digital marketing for about 20 years, working where technology, strategy, creative and business intersects since the late ’90s. Currently R/GA’s EVP, Managing Director for APAC, Tuomas oversees the company’s business across Asia-Pacific.

Vic Icasas

President & Managing Partner,
Hit Productions, Inc

Under his belt, Vic Icasas has 25 years of experience as an award-winning music and audio production professional. Originally started out as a composer and audio producer, he is now the President and Managing Partner for Hit Productions Inc., handling strategy, client relations, and new business development.

Issa Guevarra-Cabreira

Managing Partner,
917 Ventures

Currently the Managing Partner of 917 Ventures — Globe’s corporate incubator arm creating businesses beyond telco services — Issa Guevarra-Cabreira is an experienced Head Of Mobile with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry. Prior to Globe, she was Category Marketing Manager at Kraft Foods, Philippines (now Mondelez), looking after global brands Tang, MaxwellHouse, and Kool-Aid.

Anthony Thomas

President & Chief Executive Officer,

Anthony Thomas joined Mynt as its Chief Operating Officer in 2015, and was part of its founding leadership team. He was appointed President and CEO in 2017. Under his care, Mynt has reached over 7 million GCash users, making GCash leading in mobile payments through its Scan-to-Pay technology.

Dondi Gomez

Chief Marketing Officer,
Jollibee Group of Companies

Holding a successful and global track record in the restaurant industry, Dondi Gomez is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of the Jollibee Group of Companies. With a background in marketing strategy and marketing management, Dondi is a marketing executive with strong FMCG experience from Unilever and business consulting background from Ernst & Young.

Neil Trinidad

Country Chief Marketing Officer,
Lazada Philippines

Neil Trinidad began his career with Unilever as a management trainee, eventually making his way to become the company’s Marketing Director for its Skin Care & Skin Cleansing arm in the Philippines. His work with Unilever would last 14 years before moving on to Google Philippines as its Industry Manager. Now active in the online retail scene, Neil serves as the Country Chief Marketing Officer for Lazada Philippines.

Carlo Almendral

Managing Director,
Adaptive AI

Carlo Almendral has founded and led companies across markets with a focus on AI for social change, and is currently the Managing Director of New-York based Adaptive AI. He is also known as a pioneer in social gaming, and a staunch philanthropist who serves at the Innovation Council for the UN’s World Food Programme and Board Trustee at For The Women Foundation.

Calvin Soh

One Kind Ideas + One Kind House

Calvin Soh is a former CCO, now father, urban farmer, GIY stick creator, designer of One Kind House, investor, entrepreneur, consultant, occasional chef, speaker, co-creator time traveller, author of Big Red Dot and ex-advisor SIPI.

Xin-Yi Wong

Sustainability Manager,
H&M Southeast Asia

Xin Yi is the Sustainability Manager for H&M Southeast Asia; appointed to drive the company’s sustainability strategy for retail within the region. Having been with H&M for 6 years and previously working with its Marketing and Communications department, Xin Yi has years of experience engaging customers and stakeholders in sustainability.

Minette Navarrete

Co-founder and President,
Kickstart Ventures, Inc.

Minette Navarrete is Vice-Chairman and President of Kickstart Ventures, Inc. She is a member of the Ayala Corp.'s Innovation Advisory Council, and of Globe’s Innovation Advisory Board. She is a SVP at Globe Telecom, focusing on New Business, and a member of the Board of Directors of AdSpark, Globe’s digital advertising subsidiary.

Rondell Torres

Sr. Sustainable Business Manager,
Unilever Philippines

Rondell Torres is the Senior Manager for Sustainable Business in Unilever Philippines. He is currently leading the charge for Brands with Purpose, Selling with Purpose, and Sustainable Value Chain for organization – collaborating with partners from all levels and functions of the organization as well as partners from business, NGOs, and government to drive successful sustainability initiatives at scale.

Richard Bon Moya

National Technology Officer, Microsoft Philippines

Richard Bon Moya has a comprehensive experience in public sector operation, reform, change management, and good governance. He was Undersecretary for the Department of Budget and Management, helped craft the National Expenditure Program, and was also a consultant for the World Bank. He has an extensive capability in technology and e-commerce, and is currently the National Technology Officer for Microsoft Philippines.

PHP ₱5,000 / USD $100

PHP ₱2,000 / USD $40

PHP ₱5,000 / USD $100

PHP ₱2,000 / USD $40

Following the success of last year’s adobo Festival of Ideas entitled, “Creativity at the Heart of Digital”, where we had in attendance over 1,200 delegates, we expect to have an even more involved set this year, all eager to learn how to tide and grow during these disruptive and potent times.

This time, we take a look at collaboration over competition, and enable audiences to see how creativity and innovative thinking can help them crack the business code and achieve sustainability goals.

As we are all about collaboration we invite you to join us as our partner and be part of the festivities. Sending a team of delegates? We also have group packages.

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