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Innovation Built on Tradition -- Inaugural TEDxXavierSchool Event on Feb 18

Manila, Philippines, February 14, 2012 --( MANILA – As part of its year-long 55th anniversary celebration, the inaugural TEDxXavierSchool will take place on the Xavier School campus on the morning of Saturday, February 18, 2012. Described as an “intellectual circus,” the event will bring people together for presentations by global thought leaders, focusing on the theme “Innovation built on tradition.”

Kicking off at 8am, TEDxXavierSchool “Innovation built on tradition” will be a half-day event to explore ways in which we innovate based on our history and our own experiences.

Interested attendees must secure a free ticket to participate in the limited-space TEDxXavierSchool event. Ticket applications are available at and must be received by 11:59pm on Friday, February 17, 2012 -- or the day before the event begins -- to be considered for admission. All ticket types, regardless of category, are Free of charge.

Innovators scheduled to speak in person at TEDxXavierSchool include:
Raynard Raphael Lao — a Xavier High School student, who is also a champion public speaker at both local and regional competitions
Brian Maraña — International Programs Coordinator of Xavier School who has transformed the way students learn from the world
Tony Meloto — Founder of Gawad Kalinga, providing countless homes to the homeless and building them into communities, and speaker at the World Economic Forum
Dodie Ng — Games and apps creator who also founded a robotics organization and team for the youth, while also being a Xavier High School student
Mark Ruiz — Co-Founder of Hapinoy and Founder of Rags2Riches, providing social business enterprise and microenterprise development as a living means to some of the poorest people
Brian Tenorio — Internationally-acclaimed, New York-based designer who has altered the way development is done, through Design

Regular updates may be accessed through the event’s Facebook page at , or through Twitter via the #TEDxXS hashtag.

Co-chairs for the TEDxXavierSchool event are Galvin Radley Ngo, Coordinator of Xavier School’s Operation NExT (New Experiences with Technology), and Jessica Demegillo, Technology Integrator at Xavier School. Martin Gomez is the primary licensee for TEDxXavierSchool. This event is organized by Xavier School’s Operation NExT department, Club NExT student organization, and the Xavier School student Media Team.

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. This event is called TEDxXavierSchool, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxXavierSchool, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including this one, are self-organized.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit

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Contact Information
Xavier School
Martin Gomez / NExT Office
Twitter @pmgomez

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