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VIP Speakers In Philippines
Welcome to attending our VIP Seminar Programs during DRT Show Philippines 6-8 Sept 2019.
Ms. Ket Malabanan, Philippines
SSI Mermaid Instructor

Ket is the first Filipina SSI Mermaid Instructor in the country. Her passion for the ocean started at age 7 when she snorkeled the waters of Anilao for the first time and she never looked back ever since. From time to time, Mermaid Ket visits pre-school kids in their schools to talk about how they can start helping in marine conservation in their own little ways. She is also a Deaf advocate with dreams of making the dive and mermaid community more inclusive. Aside from mermaiding, she is also a certified freediver and is the co-founder of one of the biggest freedive communities in the Philippines - Freediving Buddies PH.
Mr. Jerome Kim, Korea

Born and raised in Korea, Jerome Kim has been based in the Philippines for the last 21 years. He considers Anilao as his favorite dive spot in the whole Coral Triangle because of the great macro opportunities. Jerome is a professional architect and considers underwater photography as just a hobby, but he enjoys it immensely. He is able to translate his skills as an architect into designing the perfect shots underwater. He likes macro photography and taking photos of small critters especially in the Philippines waters. But now he expends his field to wide-angle and model shoot as well. Jerome Kim is a multi-award winning photographer in local and international competitions and his works are regularly introduced in many dive magazines and newspapers. He organized several dive event and competitions such as Anilao Shootout and Underwater Dream Tour. And he's been judging many international competitions now.
Mr. Ram Yoro, Philippines
Underwater Photographer/Writer

Ram is a full-time dive instructor and underwater photographer based in Anilao, and also a pioneering proponent of Bonfire Diving as a method for documenting plankton. Besides conducting scuba courses and underwater photo workshops, he regularly contributes to various print and online diving publications. His recent works include the books "Guide to Anilao" and "Legends Beneath the Waves: Philippine Wrecks", co-authored with Andrew Marriot, in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving and DOT Dive Philippines respectively. Outside Anilao, Ram is also active in exploring reefs, wrecks, and underwater caves as resident photographer for the Filipino Cave Divers and the Philtech Dive Team.
Mr. A.G. Saño, Philippines

A.G. Saño is a professional photographer whose works have appeared in different international and local media such as CNN, National Geographic Channel, Asian Geographic, Asian Diver, CNTV, Channelnews Asia, LA Times, Getty Images, AP Reuters, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philippine STAR, RAPPLER.com, ABSCBN, GMA7, TV5, NET25, UNTV, NBN4, etc. He is a conservationist who has been involved in whale and dolphin research for the past 19 years. He has also done assignments on sea turtles, dugong habitats, sharks and other environmental work with reputable NGO’s and institutions such as WWF, Greenpeace, RARE, Conservation International, Silliman University, LAMAVE, PFEC, among others. He is a cofounder of Balyena.org, a non-profit group undertaking marine mammal conservation efforts in the country.
Mr. Alex Santos, Philippines
Technical Diver

Alex is a technical and commercial diver. He and his PHILTECH team work in harsh conditions. Their unusual profiles allow him to study instances of DCS and develop various in-water recompression techniques for rapid treatment. He does deep recovery inside wrecks, for valuable objects and victims of drowning. His experience has been called upon during disasters at sea. He has trained recovery teams both locally and from overseas. Cave diving is his true passion. He is with the Filipino Cave Divers, individuals who apply their diverse backgrounds in the study and preservation of underwater caves.
Mr. Andy Davis, UK
RAID Technical Instructor

Andy is a RAID technical instructor and trimix wreck diver living in the Philippines. Over 25 years actively diving, he has earned instructor ratings with BSAC, PADI TecRec, ANDI, and SSI. He is known as a pioneer of side mount diving in SE Asia and as a writer for varied diving magazines and his popular blog: scubatechphilippines.com. Andy has been involved in designing technical diving courses for several scuba training agencies. He retired from the Royal Air Force as an officer in 2007 and has been a full-time technical diving professional ever since.
Mr. Scott Gutsy Tuason, Philippines
Photographer / Writer

Scott was first handed his underwater camera at the age of 16 though he started diving before he even hit puberty. Decades later he’s still a passionate photographer, and the element of doing things just at the edge characterizes how he gets his images. From throwing himself into a feeding frenzy or dangling off a line in open water at night, Gutsy as he is known thrives on the thrills. His photography has won awards, notably the Palme D’or at Antibes festival for his co-authored book Anilao in 2000, but the real gratification lies in sharing the marvels of the ocean and inspiring others to help preserve it. His latest Book 《Blackwater Open Blue》 won the Underwater Photography Book of the Year 2017 at the UPY event in London.
Ms. Maria Noella Zosa, Philippines
Freediving Instructor

Maria Noella Zosa is also known as Wei. She is a certified yoga and freediving instructor. Wei specializes in vinyasa, power, beginners, restorative as well as yoga for freedivers. She is well-known for her creative and smart flow that enables her to connect and adjust with every individual in her class. Her knowledge in both yoga and freediving has greatly influenced her teaching style as she integrates techniques from both disciplines. Rather than a technical approach, she focuses more on the inward journey - as the body connects with the mind and self through asana (poses) in order to achieve calm and peace integral in the sport freediving. Wei’s proficiency in both yoga & freediving is evident in her achievements as a professional athlete.
Mr. Bo Mancao, Philippines
Photographer / Writer

Combining the deepest appreciation for scuba, imagery, and sustainable tourism, Bo is iconic in the South East Asian dive industry. By taking a glimpse at his work, experience, genuine hospitality, and island charm, it’s clear he is one of the one of the top level dive travel and underwater photo/video influencers. He is an multi award winning underwater photographer. He has filmed for documentaries concerning our oceans and for international television programs. Bo Mancao is also a regular speaker at DRT Show. Join him as he talks about his latest adventures.
Mr. Penn De Los Santos, Philippines
Photographer/Writer/ PADI Scuba Instructor

Penn De Los Santos is a PADI scuba instructor and an avid underwater photographer since 2004. Penn gained popularity when he started winning underwater photography competitions using a compact camera. His photos have been going on exhibits around Batangas province and he has also been running underwater photography workshops since 2016. Today, he manages a resort in Anilao and still shoots with a compact camera. He has written a few magazine articles and some of his works were also published. This year is Penn’s 3rd year as DRT speaker. He will be sharing his passion about underwater photography and traveling to new dive destinations around the Philippines. Check out his schedules and watch him live!
Dr. AA Yaptinchay, Philippines

Dr. Yaptinchay has been involved in marine biodiversity conservation in the Philippines for over 25 years. He is the director and founder of the conservation NGO, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines. He has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Science Degree in Aquatic Tropical Ecology from Bremen University, Germany. He has worked with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau as a biologist and WWF-Philippines as their Species Conservation Program Director. He sits on the board of other NGOs including Balyena.org, Reef Check Philippines, CAPE Foundation, Responsible Tourism Philippines, and Society for Sustainable Tourism. He is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – Species Specialist Group on Sirenians, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, sits on the editorial board of The Philippine Journal of Fisheries, and is part of the Philippine Aquatic Red List Committee of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
Mr. Gordos Gojunco, Philippines
SSI Instructor Trainer/Technical Extended Range Instructor/Cave and Wreck Explorer

Diving since 2003 with around 8000+ dives, Gordos Gojunco is an SSI Instructor Trainer, Freediver, Swim Teacher, Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, Technical Extended Range Instructor, and an avid explorer of Caves and Wrecks. He spends most of his time diving, doing dive trips, exploration, technical and commercial works and sharing his passion to other people by teaching diving. Hoping to raise the level of service and professionalism in the diving industry, Gordz spends a lot of time in developing diving professionals and Tech Divers. The only time you don't see Gordz underwater is when he spends time taking care of his son Dax and wife Toni. All the remaining free time is squeezed in to be able to volunteer as a firefighter and a rescue technician.
Mr. Dave Albao, Philippines
Executive Director of Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc.

Dave Albao is the Executive Director of Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc. (PRRCFI), an NGO based in Negros, Philippines, known for taking care of Danjugan Island, a wildlife sanctuary. PRRCFI’s work is in experiential environmental education, sustainable fisheries, marine protected area management, climate change mitigation, and lately, reducing the flow of plastic to the ocean through SWEEP: Sea Waste Education to Eradicate Plastic.
Mr. Carlo Navarro, Philippines
AIDA Master Instructor/AIDA Judge/Owner of ManuMano Freediving Training Center, Manila

Carlo has been an integral member of the Philippine Freediving community since its early days. He began skin-diving in 2001; took his first freediving course in 2008; and became the first licensed Filipino Freediving instructor six years later. Since 2012, Carlo has secured 10 Philippine National Records, winning first overall in the 2014 Andaman Challenge. Today, he continues to teach as an active AIDA Master Instructor in his own school - ManuMano Freediving, working alongside three Filipino AIDA instructors. He is a certified AIDA Judge, and recently worked to validate performances in the 2019 PDNC Challenge in Panglao. Alongside his competitive and business work, Carlo has participated in freediving projects with the Sama Bajau from Davao, Kapit Sisid in Batangas and the Philippine Department of Tourism.
Mr. Daniel Geary, USA
Marine Biologist

Daniel Geary, originally from Florida, is a marine biologist and award-winning photographer living in Dauin, Philippines. He is a frogfish expert, and frogfish addict, who wrote and teaches an exclusive PADI Frogfish Specialist course, offered at many resorts along the Dauin coast. He continually promotes environmentally-friendly dive and photography practices. You can find his underwater photographs on Instagram under the name Dr. Frogfish (@drfrogfish) as well as in multiple publications and the Copeia scientific journal.
Ms. Cindy Madduma, Philippines
NAUI Divemaster/Miss Scuba International 2015/National Director of Miss Scuba Philippines

Cindy was born in the Philippines at the last ecological frontier -- Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. At a very young age, she was evidently passionate about the ocean. This was fueled when she became the first Filipina to win Miss Scuba International in 2015. The pageant gave her an opportunity to travel and dive to some of the most beautiful destinations around the world. It strengthened her drive to be the voice of the Ocean and pursued to become a NAUI divemaster and Ocean Quest Global coral propagation instructor. After her reign, she was appointed as the National Director of the Miss Scuba Philippines and currently running her 3rd year of empowering young Filipinas' about marine conservation under Thalassophile Productions. Also, she is currently a Dive Host of UNTV’s TV program- The Dive that showcases the beauty and wonders of the Philippine Seas.
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