Announcing… ZENTENNIALS: The Making of the Greatest Filipino Generation!

The Zentennials

Do you believe that the Filipinos specially our kid’s generation will rule the Digital Age era?

Our Awesome Planet (OAP), the country’s premier lifestyle blog, and Mommy Mundo (MM), the country’s most active parenting resource and community, have teamed up for ZENTENNIALS: The Making of the Greatest Filipino Generation!

The very first conference of its kind, ZENTENNIALS: The Making of the Greatest Filipino Generation will gather the country’s top experts, advocates, and influencers from the digital, academe, business, and parenting spheres. More than gaining a deeper understanding of Generation Z, ZENTENNIALS hopes to school Zentennials and their parents with the proper knowledge and skills to become successful content producers.

The vision of ZENTENNIALS is to transform the Philippines into the social media capital of the world in terms of content production, bringing the Filipinos’ creativity and ingenuity into the global arena.

We want to understand the new generation so we can, NURTURE, ENGAGE, and PROVIDE THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITIES for them to reach their fullest potential and possibly become the best Filipino generation. 


ZENTENNIALSThe Making of the Greatest Filipino Generation
Date: September 9, 2017, Saturday 
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Venue: SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Taguig

Conference Ticket Price:
Single Rate: P1,500/ person
Couple Rate: P1,200/person
Group of 5 or More: P1,000/person

Buy your tickets Now (via EventBrite)! 

The Golden Demographic

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Generation Z, also known as Centennials, Post-Millennials, or iGeneration, are kids born in 2000 or later. Now in their teens or high school, the Gen Z population numbers some 2 billion globally. In the Philippines, Gen Z or the Zentennials make up roughly 30 percent of the population and only two countries in the world that have a big population of kids of this generation – known as the Golden Demographic.

The Zentennials grew up with technology. These kids are digital natives who not only process information faster but are also great multi-taskers. They can’t wait to get on with their lives, opting to join the workforce at an earlier age or take the entrepreneurial route to start their own ventures. Though they are global thinkers, they place a very high value on individuality. They want to make their mark in the world… now!

With their global perspective and digital savvy, the Zentennials have the potential to be one of the best, if not the greatest generation on the planet!



The Spartan Program: Raising Filipino Men with Honor
by Tony Meloto, CEO and Founder of Gawad Kalinga and GK Enchanted Farm

Tony Meloto

Tony Meloto is the founder of Gawad Kalinga (GK), a movement that builds integrated, holistic, and sustainable communities in slum areas and remote rural communities with a vision to end poverty for 5 million Filipino families by 2024.

GK has been implemented in over 3,500 communities in the Philippines and other developing countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia, and Papua New Guinea. It is not just a provider of housing, its communities also cultivate sustainable sources of livelihood.

GK has now entered its second phase of development focused on integrating sustainability in its communities through the GK Enchanted Farm Village University Template. Focusing on countryside development and social entrepreneurship, the Farm Village University is the first of its kind in the world. It is designed to become a destination for Social Tourism, a venue for Social Education, and an incubator for Social Business.

Tony is now building an inclusive platform for global partnerships. Its goal is to promote social entrepreneurship for inclusive growth, bridging Europe through internships and humanitarian service with the Asian market to discover the vast opportunities in the emerging economies, with the Philippines as the hub. 

A true man for others, Tony has inspired thousands of volunteers throughout the world towards creating shared prosperity where the poor can thrive and attain their fullest potentials so that together, we can all look forward to a better future for our children and the generations to come.


Nurturing Generation Z
by Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, Professor, Author, Columnist 


Dr. Queena Lee-Chua graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University, BS Mathematics, summa cum laude. She also received a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the same university, where she is now a Professor.

A board member and consultant for schools, government, civic groups, and business, she is also a consultant to family businesses, NGOs, education groups, the Department of Education, and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). She specializes in mathematics and science education and learning psychology, popular math and science, parenting, teen, and children’s issues.

Queena has garnered various recognition, including the TOYM, the TOWNS, the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teachers, the DOST’s Great Men and Women of Science, the Outstanding Young Scientists, the National Book Awards, the Carlos Palanca, the Catholic Mass Media Awards. She also became the first person to receive the Third World Academy of Sciences Regional Prize for Public Understanding of Science for the East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Region.


Educating the Robotics and Minecraft Generation: What’s New in School Learning Technologies?
by Mylene Abiva, President and CEO, FELTA Multi-Media 


Mylene Abiva is the President and CEO of FELTA Multi-Media Inc., a 50-year-old company engaged in introducing innovative instructional materials and educational devices for school technology. FELTA is the Education Solution Provider of INTEL Education since 2012.

A mother, model entrepreneur, mountain climber, and master in multitasking, Mylene was the president of the Philippine Marketing Association in 2009 and project director of the Philippine Robotics Olympiad. She has garnered a handful of awards and recognition including the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines in 2009; ASEAN Business Leader, Woman Category, in 2014; ASEAN Woman Entrepreneur in 2015; and 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Awardee in 2016.


READY FOR GEN Z: Understanding their Psyche, Building their Character and Connecting with the Zs
by Chelet Tanjuatco, Senior Consultant, Acumen Brand Strategy 


Chelet is a senior consultant for Acumen Brand Strategy, a consulting and training company helps companies build strong brands and strong marketing teams.

Acumen’s brand strategy expertise is drawn from leading-edge brand-building thinking, its consultants’ depth and breadth of brand-building experience, and its wide ranging consulting and training projects across multiple industries, business sizes, marketing budgets, and brand development. Acumen is passionate in getting to the core of the Filipino consumers and truly understanding their life needs, goals, and motivations.

Chelet started her marketing career handling economy and premium beer in San Miguel. As the marketing manager of Fonterra, she successfully led the growth of several categories. For Acumen, she has led key consulting projects for Tanduay, Conti’s, Century Pacific, Western Union, Hershey’s, and Sky Cable. She also teaches brand management and brand analytics at the University Asia & the Pacific.


Raising and Empowering the Gen Z in Today’s Tech World
by Ronna & Isabel Sieh, Mother and Daughter


Isabel Sieh discovered coding at 10 years old and continues to love computer programming.  Three years ago at 11 years old she founded Girls Will Code to encourage other girls her age to code. Since then Girls Will Code has taught over a hundred girls and including girls at public schools that have no access to computers. Isabel has continued to learn to code with languages: HTML & CSS, Javascript, Python, and is currently learning Java. 

Ronna Reyes Sieh, is a mother to three Gen Z daughters ages 11 through 14.  She is a finance professional and CPA and is an active member in the community and sits on boards of various NGOs.  She obtained her MBA from Columbia University,  undergraduate degree in Boston College, post MBA Executive Education studies in Dartmouth College, and is an advocate of parenting training sessions.


Are you ready for GenZ?
by Geia Lopez, Industry Analyst, Google Philippines 


Gen Z is unlike any of the previous generations. They are the first generation of Digital Natives, born to a world of accessible information at their fingertips. Understand what makes a Gen Z experience online and how this can inspire new solutions, communications, and experiences both online and offline. 

Geia Lopez is the Industry Analyst at Google Philippines. She fuses data with storytelling to help companies build winning digital strategies. Her love affair with data spans 11 years. She started her career in the country’s pioneer in CRM, BCD Pinpoint, where she built CRM programs for Philips, Unilab, and Microsoft. Then she went on to craft Digital Media Strategies for Procter & Gamble with Mediacom Philippines. She then moved to a McCann Worldgroup Philippines where she charted the overall Digital strategies of Coke, Nestle, Jollibee, and BPI. Through it all, she’s always had a knack for data and the opportunities it presents for marketers. Brands catering to mothers and their kids always had a place in her heart, especially now that she is a mom of a three-year-old herself. 

Today, she turns Google’s data into actionable insights for the country’s biggest brands and agencies. 


Born Digital
by Cris Tagle, Chief Executive Officer, Zynappse Corporation


Though Cris studied Electrical Engineering at the Technological Institute of the Philippines, his interest lies with Information Technology. He became so adept at Geographic Information System (GIS) that his company sent him to Tokyo for further training in 1996. He would go on to develop an advanced GIS Solution that won his team first place in the Tokyo GIS Presentation Event of 1996. 

In fact, long before Google Maps, Cris was already designing and working on various digital online maps for crime monitoring, forest management, land use zoning, network and spatial analysis. 

Cris could have easily made a solid career working with multinationals but he chose to come back to the Philippines. He worked as a Technology Manager for a local company that creates solutions for Local Government Units where he pioneered the creation of a Revenue-Based GIS Application. The same system was able to generate millions of tax revenues and identify billions more of potential tax income for Cities like Manila, Antipolo, Biñan, Calamba, Tagaytay and more. 

In 2007, he watched in awe as the late Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone (3G). When the iPad was released, Cris started creating mobile applications for it. His first mobile app is a badminton-scoring app. This new skill enabled him to create an Executive Report System

This new skill enabled him to create an Executive Report System on an iPad that was utilized by local chief executives of prominent Cities for their business development and revenue generation. And in 2014, Cris quit his day job and founded

And in 2014, Cris quit his day job and founded Zynappse Corporation, a 100% Filipino owned, full-scale, end-to-end mobile and cloud-based development company in the country. Today, it is one of the fastest-growing mobile app integrators in the Philippines working with leading corporations like Resorts World Manila, Alaska, Alfamart, EXACT to name a few.

Today, you’ll find Cris busy spending his time working on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies. His goal is to deploy a powerful Chatbot that would help various industries to reduce operation cost, provide convenience and real time information to all users.


Parenting Generation Z
by Anthony & Hanna Pangilinan, Family Influencer



Final Thoughts

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I’m passionate about this conference because we want to build an awesome future for our four boys age 12, 10, 7 and 3. 

We want to raise them as gentlemen with honor, entrepreneurs in the digital world, and men for others. 

Together, let’s build the Greatest Filipino Generation of All Time!



ZENTENNIALSThe Making of the Greatest Filipino Generation
Date: September 9, 2017, Saturday 
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Venue: SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Taguig

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Conference Ticket Price:
Single Rate: P1,500/ person
Couple Rate: P1,200/person
Group of 5 or More: P1,000/person 

Buy your tickets Now! 

Live an Awesome Life,



DisclosureI wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. 

P.S. I originally proposed this event to the parent’s organization in our kids’ school but it did not materialize. It was a blessing on hindsight because we get to hold this event in SMX Aura so that more parents can have access to this awesome conference.

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