Cebu will host the Open Collaboration with East Asia New Champions 2014 (Ocean 14) segment of the 23rd World Economic Forum (WEF) on May 23 to 25 at the Movenpick Resort in Lapu-Lapu City. It is a community organized event by the members of the World Economic Forum communities That include: the Young Global Leaders, The Global Shapers , The Schwab Social Entrepreneurs and The Global Growth companies in the Philippines. The Philippine New Champions community selected Cebu to be the venue for OCEAN.
Ocean 14 aims to convene the New Champions through leaders and Filipino change-makers in Cebu for three days of networking, dialogue on social and economic development.
Winston Damarillo, who is also a Young Global Leader and owner of one of the successful innovation companies in the Philippines serving the global clientele, said the summit will give an opportunity for Cebu and the Philippines to showcase its world-class leaders, as well as innovations.
“Designed for start-ups and entrepreneurs working on high risk, high reward ventures, Innovation Zones will build on best practices and encourage innovation,” Damarillo said.
Damarillo said those attending will discuss where the Philippine economy is now and what the future holds.
Karen Davila, one of the speakers during the press conference which was also attended by Governor Junnjun Davide, was also optimistic of the OCEAN’s coming to Cebu: “It’s an honor for our foreign counterparts to experience Cebu and see a mix of the best– from beaches to creative minds.”
The World Economic forum is one of the most influential non-profit organizations in the world and it’s a rare opportunity for the Philippines to host it.
P.S. I arrived very early at the venue. I learned that being early is really a big advantage when you are at the media. When the speakers for the presscon comes early too, you have a wholesome time to talk to them ahead from the rest of media folks.
Karen Davila arrived early. She then went to the “early birds” and politely introduced herself.
Pagdating sa akin, she was surprised to hear my name. She asked, “Pari po kayo? Nasa media din po kayo Father?”
Sabi ko “Opo.”
She curiously asked, “Nagmimisa din po kayo?”
Sabi ko “Oo naman po.”
And she smiled at me. Hopefully we shall cross paths again.