The HiFi Story
From Idea to Impact
The Benilde Prize: Our Humble Beginnings
The Benilde Prize, a nationwide social innovation competition for college students was established. The call for ideas gathered entries from student social innovators from all throughout the country. This event prompted the creation of an office dedicated to championing Benilde’s thrust of Innovation and Inclusion in Benilde and beyond.
Hit the ground running: Establishing Benilde HiFi
With a staff of four, Benilde HiFi developed its mentor base and created programs to put innovation for inclusion at the forefront. EngagEd Talks was developed to spread learning on hot innovation and inclusion topics. Thinkathon brought the practice of Design Thinking to more Benildean students. And the Benilde Prize modules were adopted for Benildeans to develop homegrown innovators through the HomebrewEd Program.
Our Home of Inclusive Innovation: Building the Future
On September 2019, the Benilde Peter D. Garrucho Jr. Innovations Institute was opened. With a staff of seven, a pool of academic and industry mentors, and a active network in the startup and social sector, HiFi is ready to take on the wicked and systemic challenges of society by being at the center of innovation for inclusion.
Peter D. Garrucho Jr.
Peter D. Garrucho Jr. is a product of a Lasallian education earning a Liberal Arts-Commerce degree at De La Salle University. His Stanford MBA scholarship from Ford Foundation with a commitment to teach at the Asian Institute of Management, making him the youngest full professor at that time.
Starting in business with Unilever, he became CEO of a battery manufacturer, and CEO of First Gen Corporation (FGEN). Currently, he is a director in a number of firms principally FGEN and Energy Development Corporation (EDC). He is also Vice Chairman of Franklin Baker Co. of the Philippines, one of the largest global suppliers of coconut products with more than $100 million in export products.
Searching for meaningful ways to give back to La Salle, he discovered the Benilde Institute of Innovation. According to him, his act of faith was fortified knowing Stanford also has an Institute of Innovation. And what eventually attracted him to Benilde was because social innovation was “a going concern and was poised to grow.”
Benilde’s partnership with Mr. Peter D. Garrucho Jr. is a testimony of its commitment to social impact, manifested through the building of an innovation space, conduct of responsible research that results in the development of innovation, recognition and incubation of ideas that address UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Benilde recognizes the key importance of these areas where innovation is much needed, thus, special incubation programming will be allocated for agriculture and sustainable energy. This Institute incubates the design of innovations that are desirable, viable, and feasible. We therefore honor the man who has generously sown into our purpose and calling.
I help our Innovators in the realization of their businesses by helping them develop their ideas to make them S.M.A.R.T.
Communications and Advocacy Officer
I help communicate our mission of innovation for inclusion in a more fun, relatable and engaging way.
I support the operations of HIFI to ensure smooth and timely transactions, while creating a sense of family inside the office.
Community Management Coordinator
I make sure we continuously develop innovative activities and smooth operations for our spaces.
I help the Future Shapers connect the dots and fill in the gaps in order to become an amazing Systems Change Leader.
Given the mandate of HIFI for social innovation, a resource of experience, capability & wisdom should be available for this mandate to come to fruition – my role is to seek out these engagers.
Community Management Head
I make sure that we work as a true “hub”: the center of activity and the central connection of the many spokes of the wheel!
I bravely take the lead in opening new platforms that will allow us to shape our inclusive futures and successfully navigate it.
We make the dream work
As an impact-driven hub, we select industry mentors based on their diversity and ability to coach our innovators towards market validation and scale.
Research & Prototype Development
Training & Formation
Strategy & Planning
Design & Storytelling
Bizdev & Finance
IP & Legal
Area of Expertise
Certified Digital Marketers, PinoyFitness, Fabula Populi, 2Magpies, The Just League, The Wild Range, Benilde HiFi
TQ Antiqueno is a practicing brand designer and entrepreneur with a degree in Communication Arts at DLSU, and a master’s degree on Development Communication at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He is certified in Transmedia Storytelling from SunKyunkwan university South Korea and in Digital Leadership from University of Reading London.
He is a co-founder of storytelling training company Fabula Populi, co-founder of marketing communications training company 2Magpies, the Creative Director of PinoyFitness, owner of Mindoro-based food enterprise The Wild Range, a former Benilde MMA faculty member and now the Head of the Community Management Unit of Benilde Hub of Innovation for Inclusion.
Strategy and Planning, Design and Storytelling
Benilde HiFi and Startup Grind Manila
Micah is currently an Incubation Consultant at HiFi and the Chapter Director of Startup Grind Manila. She is experienced in pioneering and growing an organisation through Team Leadership, Operations, Marketing and Sales. Able to zoom in and zoom out of the picture to connect the dots, craft strategies and tactics based on set goals. She was also one of the pioneers of the biggest creative hub in the Philippines.
Business Development and Finance, Strategy and Planning
UnSchool Fellowship, KindMind Experience Design, Benilde HiFi
Abi is the current Director of the Hub of Innovation For Inclusion. As Founding Director of Benilde’s Hub of Innovation For Inclusion (HiFi), she is first and foremost responsible for strategic foresighting, resource generation, and lead in overall development and management of various inclusive innovations initiatives. She also cofounded KindMind Experience Design, a platform focused on social innovation workshops.
Research, Strategy and Planning, Business Development and Finance, Training and Motivation, Design and Storytelling, Legal
Judith is a Senior Professional Faculty of Export Management and Human Resource Management in De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde. She also has a proven track record with 15 years of experince in mentoring, motivating, and developing individuals, leader, and teams of local and international organizations both in the public, business, and academic sectors. Judith is currently working with Kandidata Asia as a Consultant/Certified Practicioner and a Training/Learning Consultant with Questcore Services Inc.
Training and Motivation
The Spark Project, YSEALI, Global Shapers Community, Generation T, Bayan Academy, Clock In by Ayala Land Offices, Roots Collective
Patch Dulay is the founder and CEO of The Spark Project, the first and only Crowdfunding website and community for startups and social entrepreneurs in the Philippines.
He graduated at the Ateneo de Manila University, BS Management Information Systems in 2005. He took up a Global E-Business master’s degree at the University of Lille, France in 2010; worked for a Paris-based online startup; then went back to Manila to start The Spark Project. He’s an alumnus of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative of the US State Department.
Strategy and Planning, Business Development and Finance
Design for Tomorrow
Ric Gindap is currently the Creative+Design Director / Chief Strategist of Design for Tomorrow, a compact, independent studio specializing in strategy, design and editorial consultancy based in Manila, Philippines. He has an extensive professional work experience in the areas of advertising, branding, corporate communications, marketing, design, publishing and cultural-related affiliations. Highlights include having worked in museum/cultural research, multinational corporations, SMEs and established local companies.
Design and Storytelling, Strategy and Planning
LEONIDO M. GINES, JR. is an architect (registered to practice in the Philippines), a designer, projects manager, urban and design anthropologist, researcher, and academic, with a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. Founder of studioGINES design practice, he is currently in Manila and is Senior Lecturer of architecture at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and Associate Professorial Lecturer of architecture at the DLS-College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB). He served as the Thesis Track Coordinator (2017‐2019) of the Architecture Program (SDAAR), and the Chair (1997‐2002) of the Arts Management Program at the at the DLS-CSB School of Design and Arts. He was a Founding and Corporate Partner at TAO Management Inc, a museum design and cultural resources management firm, and divested in 2006 when he moved to the United States.
Research, Design and Storytelling
Enderun Colleges, The Wild Range
Chef Kay is the F&B Product Development Consultant at HiFi for more than a year now. She is also a Lecturer on Risk Management as applied to Safety, Security and Sanitation at Enderun Colleges. She’s been with different local and international Hotels and F&B industry as a Chef.
Food and Beverage, Risk Management
JDSM Javier Design Studio
Javier is an architect by training and profession, with 23 years of experience in the design and building industry. He founded JDSM, a multi-disciplinary design firm in 1996, and M5, an innovations and development in 2019. He is also an educator and curriculum designer, teaching at the College of Saint Benilde – Manila for 13 years. He was the Associate Dean of the Architecture Program of the Lyceum of the Philippines – Cavite Campus in 2017. Javier also served the UAP as president of the Alabang Chapter in 2008.
Business Development and Finance, Design and Storytelling
Kal is the CEO and co-founder of Tandemic, an Asia-based innovation firm in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Kal teaches Design Across Borders with Stanford’s d.school, a class on design thinking practice for global teams.
He is co-author of the Design Thinking Toolkit as well as the Social Business Model Canvas, which is used in 80 countries and taught at universities including as Oxford and UC San Diego. For his social impact work, he has been recognised as part of the Purpose Economy Asia 100, 100 of Asia’s leading social innovators.
Research, Strategy and Planning
Zhihan is the co-founder and Group CEO of BagoSphere, an education company that nurtures deep humans. Zhihan worked at a medical-tech start-up in Stockholm before venturing into rural India to work with a social enterprise involved in rural IT outsourcing. Graduating from the National University of Singapore’s Engineering Science Program, he studied entrepreneurship at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship & The Royal Institute of Technology. He was the Singapore Ambassador for the Sandbox Network, the leading global network of innovators under 30, and a 2016 Global Good Fund Fellow. For his work at BagoSphere, he was named as an Ashoka Fellow in 2018, joining the world’s largest and most prestigious network of social innovators.
Training and Motivation, Business Development and Finance
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
Graduating with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Adminitration, Major in Advertising and Public Relations and finishing her Masters in Business Administration – Regis Program, Cris is our expert in Retail Marketing, Brand Management, Costumers Service, and Sales Management. She has a 25 years combined corporate and academic experience in various areas of Marketing. Cris was a facilitator at the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE) and is currently a part-time faculty of marketing subjects at the Career Development Program of School of Management and Information Technology of De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, a trainor for Academy of Professional Excellence (APEX), a guest facilitator of Asendence Asia, Philippines, and a marketing consultant for a major financial institution in the Philippines. She also helps out small and medium enterprises like “Go Negosyo” asses their strategic marketing direction to support business growth and expansion.
Business Development and Finance, Design and Storytelling
Greg is currently Director at xchange, an impact investor and incubator for early stage social enterprises in the Philippines where she works entrepreneurs in the xchange portfolio and meets with other enterprises for formal and informal learning and feedbacking sessions. Prior to joining xchange, Greg was Executive Director of social enterprise Gifts and Graces Fair Trade Foundation. Greg has worked in the field of social development, innovation, and entrepreneurship for the last 15 years and is strongly committed to social equity and poverty eradication through entrepreneurship, education, and culture. In recognition of her being one of the Philippines’ young leaders in social development, Greg was named an Asia Society Asia 21 Philippines Fellow, Class of 2007. Greg has an MBA from IE Business School and Brown University in the joint IE Brown Executive MBA where she was a Supporting Women Leaders Scholar and from which she graduated in the top 20% of the class and was invited to join the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.
Business Development and Finance, Strategy and Planning
Lulu Tan-Gan is a Fashion Designer and founder of Tan Gan de Manille. Through her innovation and redifinition of the versatility of knits in the local fashion industry, she was hailed as the “Queen of Knitwear” and received the honor of the Chevalier de Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters). She continuosly contributes in the development of the fashion industry as the Program Consultant and Chairperson of the Fashion Design and Merchandising Program of De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, Board Member of the Fashion Design Council of the Philippines, and as Board Member of Alliance Francaise de Manille.
Design and Storytelling, Business Development and Finance
Atty. Janice Tejano
Benilde Intellectual Property Office
Atty. Janice is a graduate of Bachelors of Science in Legal Management at De La Salle University and Bachelor of Law in San Beda College. She currently works as a Faculty and Director of Intellectual Property in De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde and is also a practicing attorney and counselor-at-law of Tejano Law & Consulting.
Risk Management, Legal
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
Benjie is currently a part-time teacher but has more than 40 years professional experience on administrative and financial management functions in different industries to include education, manufacturing, trading, agribusiness and banking.
Business Development and Finance