Sunday, April 1, 2018

The 3rd BDJ Women’s Summit Women Redefined The Millennials by Millennials

“Our society has constantly bombarded today’s women - especially the millennials - with unrealistic standards regarding beauty and career, making it hard for them to find themselves and lead an authentic life. Through the Women’s Summit, Viviamo! Inc. hopes to empower them as they pursue fulfillment while being true to their identity. To own up to your success is not a form of bragging, rather a means to realize that all the sweat and tears that you put into your job are making a difference. Women should learn to acknowledge their achievements so that they can inspire others to reach for their dreams. We hope to help build a world where women are bound not by societal expectations, but by their vision of who they really want to be. ~Darlyn Ty-Nilo, BDJ Founder and President

Viviamo!, Inc., is the company behind BDJ Power Planner (, is in the business of making planners and helping Filipinos plan more and live life to the fullest. They started with BDJ Power Planner in 2006 and the company has now evolved supporting a strong community of women because they believe that besides having a planner, women need a support system to help them achieve their goals. As part of this support system, they regularly hold women empowerment events. For the past two years, they held the BDJ Women’s Summit. In 2016 their summit entitled “Women Helping Women,” created meaningful discussions that uplifted, motivated, and supported Filipinas. In 2017 their theme “Women Can. Women Will.” encouraged Filipinas to take a more proactive stand for women’s issues. This 2018 they aim to inspire, empower, and equip more Filipinas, especially millennials, with empowering messages on how they can find one’s true self and lead an authentic life. 

The BDJ Team (*Photo Credits to Belle de Jour Power Planner Page)

In celebration of Women’s Month 2018, nearly 500 participants gathered for the 3rd Women’s Summit recently organized by Viviamo! With the theme “Women Redefined”, this year’s event aimed to equip millennials with encouraging messages from strong female role models who are redefining the society’s standards for women.

At the summit, guests were treated to inspiring talks and fun activities last March 11th, Sun., in Samsung Hall, SM Aura from 9AM to 6PM, our “Women Redefined” Summit has the tentative line-up of speakers and plenary sessions:

Extraordinary Females: Overcoming One’s Circumstances and Maximizing One’s Blessings

(From L-R) Host Janeena Chan; president of Viviamo, Inc. Darlyn Sandra Ty-Nilo; author Jover Laurio; co-founder and CTO of Cropital Rachel De Villa; and Viviamo Inc. marketing manager Allyssa Legaspi at the 3rd Women’s Summit held last March 11, 2018 at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura.

Rachel de Villa, co-founder and chief technology officer of Cropital, opened the first plenary session entitled Resilient Females, which focused on overcoming one’s circumstances and maximizing one’s blessings. De Villa shared that she has always considered herself a problem solver, so she developed Cropital when she found the opportunity to help Filipino farmers access financial support. Through Cropital, anyone can provide farmers with funds for proper equipment and training from agriculture experts. 

Rachel de Villa, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Cropital, a multi-awarded crowdfunding platform for Filipino farmers owner Jover Laurio continues to publish critical articles on the country’s political situation, despite the relentless cyberbullying and death threats. Laurio has drawn flak for being outspoken in her fight against fake news. 

Jover Laurio, Author of Pinoy Ako Blog
"My love for this nation is greater than all my fears. Everyday I just inhale courage and exhale fear.....~Jover Laurio, Author,

Ms. Jover also shared with everyone her love life and it was so inspiring to know how they cope up with each other's differences when it comes to politics.....

Transformative Females: Finding One’s Identity and Discovering One’s Passion

(From L-R) Host Janeena Chan; president of Viviamo, Inc. Darlyn Sandra Ty-Nilo; Singer, TV host and Alopecia Areata advocate Abby Asistio, airine pilot Blu Bingoy; and Viviamo Inc. marketing manager Allyssa Legaspi at the 3rd Women’s Summit held last March 11, 2018 at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura.

At the second plenary dubbed Courageous Females, resource speakers talked about living their authentic selves and defying expectations regarding women’s roles in the society. Blu Pingoy, for instance, courageously pursued her dream of becoming a pilot, a job usually taken on by males. With her persistence, Pingoy became one of the first few female commercial pilots in the country. 

Blu Bingoy, Cebu Pacific Air Pilot
"We must not let the stereotype that others have of us limit us but most importantly we must not limit ourselves." ~Blu Bingoy, Female Airine Pilot
Singer-songwriter and alopecia areata awareness advocate Abby Asistio did not allow the society’s standards to define her. As someone who suffered from alopecia or hair loss at an early age, she encouraged women to embrace their uniqueness and get over their insecurities.

Abby Asistio, Singer, songwriter, host and Alopecia Areata awareness advocate

"It's ok to have fears and have doubts. But from that, it's up to you to decide whether you're gonna rise above it or if you're gonna let it pull you down. Even if society says kailangan long hair para maging girly ka, eh hindi ako long-haired eh. Dapat manggaling sa sarili ko na, okay lang kahit hindi long hair, maganda pa ako with short hair. Just be open to embracing your own uniqueness." ~Abby Asistio, Singer-songwriter and alopecia areata awareness advocate

Ms. Abby Asistio also shared her sing her own song during the talk that inspired the audience...

Resourceful Females: Paving One’s Path
and Sustaining One’s Success

Aside from promoting resilience and courage, the summit also stressed the value of paving one’s path and sustaining success in the third plenary session called Resourceful Females, featuring businesswomen Audrey Tangonan and Kathleen Yu.

(From L-R) Host Janeena Chan; president of Viviamo, Inc. Darlyn Sandra Ty-Nilo; Sinaya cup founder and owner Audrey Tangonan; Rumarocket, Inc. owner Kathleen Yu; and Viviamo Inc. marketing manager Allyssa Legaspi at the 3rd Women’s Summit held last March 11, 2018 at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura.

Kathleen Yu, the owner of Manila-based tech start-up Rumarocket Inc., also shared the moving story of her business. From the initial failures, Kathleen resolved to learn from mistakes and bounce back.

Kathleen Yu, founder of Rumarocket, Inc. a Manila-based tech start-up that uses assessments and predictive analytics to help companies find and develop their IT talents
"No matter what challenges you face, you always have to be willing to stand up and keep getting better. As long as I was alive, I could always change and grow and learn and become different" ~Kathleen Yu, Owner of Rumarocket, Inc.
Starting a business is risky, but Sinaya Cup founder Audrey Tangonan persevered because she believed that her idea can genuinely improve people’s lives. Now, her menstrual cup business has attained massive success locally and internationally.

Audrey Tangonan, founder and managing director of menstrual cups business called ‘Sinaya Cups’
"I redefine society by thinking that I can fulfil my purpose in unexpected ways." ~Audrey Tangonan, Founder and Owner of Sinaya cup
These speakers’ thoughts echo the women’s advocacy of Belle De Jour, which has always aimed to empower modern Filipina women by equipping them with knowledge, confidence, and self-appreciation.

The 3rd BDJ Women’s Summit was co-presented by Chinoy TV, Lipault and Sun Life Financial. Major sponsors include Food Panda, Modess, Wacoal, GCash, Style Genie, Biore, Caronia, Celeteque, Cinnabon, Fitness Gourmet, Jergens, Jollibee, Kipling, Liese, MegRhythm, Parisian Shoes and Bags, Serenitea, Zenutrients, Features and Shades, and Award Extremes Inc.

Ace Water Spa, Chef Tony, Frankie’s, Goldilocks, and McDonald’s provided loot bags and raffle prizes, while Adobo Magazine, Rappler, and When in Manila served as media partners.


No comments:

Post a Comment