Chair: Anton Miguel Valde
Vice-Chair: Bria Melissa Tamayao
Rapporteur 1: Jovelle Balani
Rapporteur 2: Erylle Norielle Popatco
Chair: Lev Jenwin Ramboyong
Vice-Chair: Adrian Macasaquit
Rapporteur: Sheillynmae Pingol
Chair: Adrianne Mariae Evangelista
Vice-Chair: Edward Julienne Quimba
Rapporteur: Franz Danielle Dela Cruz
Chair: Kelly Ruth Andres
Vice-Chair: Lisa Carolina Yniguez
Rapporteur 1: Sofia Gabrielle Talja
Chair: Carlos Miguel Llamas
Vice-Chair: Charmaine Argana
Rapporteur: Celine Grace Abella
The Chair for the General Assembly is Anton Valde. He is currently in his third year at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde majoring in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs and studying French as his foreign language under his degree program. He has been actively participating in Model United Nations Conferences since 2014 and has represented six countries since. He has also participated in International MUNs, most notably during the National Model United Nations-New York 2016 as the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, where he was able to garner the Outstanding Position Paper Award and was voted as the Outstanding Delegate in his committee. He was appointed as the Head Delegate for Benilde’s delegation to the 1st Ateneo Model United Nations-Davao, where he was tasked to train a delegation of 25 students. He recently served as the Head Delegate for Benilde’s delegation to the National Model United Nations-New York 2017 representing the United Mexican States. Consequently, he represented Mexico in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development where he was able to receive the Outstanding Position Paper Award. Under his leadership and guidance, the delegation was able to receive a total of 10 awards during the conference. Outside of MUN, Anton Valde is an active youth leader as he is a member of several youth organizations and he was also awarded with the Gerry Roxas Leadership Award for his active role as a student-leader in his community. He is also an avid public speaker and has competed and won in several national competitions all over the country. As the Chair for the General Assembly in the 19th Benilde Model United Nations, Anton Valde hopes to promote his advocacy for sustainable development and youth leadership with all the delegates and participants.
The Vice Chair for the General Assembly is Bria Melissa Tamayao. She is a junior at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde taking up Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. She has been actively participating in both local and international Model United Nations as a delegate since 2014, having been encouraged to join the 17th Benilde MUN when she was still in her first year in College. With no prior experience and knowledge in Model UN, Bria still decided to give it a try and represented the Kingdom of Belgium in the General Assembly. After experiencing her first Model UN, she quickly applied to be a delegate in the 5th Ateneo MUN and got to represent New Zealand in the third committee of the General Assembly, the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian committee. Her biggest achievement as an active participant in Model UN is joining delegation of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde to the 25th Harvard World Model UN in Rome, where she represented the Republic of Kenya in the Commission on Science and Technology. She represented Kenya once again as a delegate in the United Nations Environment Programme at the 18th Benilde Model UN. Bria has been always passionate in understanding international relations and humanities that is why her interest in Model UN is as such. She loves debating and finding solutions to the world’s pressing issues, most especially on issues concerning human security. Aside from gaining new knowledge and developing her communication and research skills, Model UN has also become an avenue for her to meet new people who share the same passion. As a member of the dais for the 19th Benilde Model United Nations, Bria is looking forward to share to the delegates all the knowledge she gained throughout her three years of experience, and most importantly to foster new friendships.
The Rapporteur for the General Assembly is Jovelle R. Balani. She is currently taking up Bachelor of Arts Major in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. As a student with a keen interest in international relations, she joined several local and international Model UNs. The topics that were discussed in the General Assembly are what interest her the most. Her first MUN experience was during the 2nd De La Salle Model United Nations where she represented Republic of Albania in the General Assembly. It was then followed when she joined the Prime Model United Nations as a delegate of the Kingdom of Cambodia. In 2015, she was one of the delegates who represented De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in the National Model United Nations in Washington, D.C. She represented Republic of Costa Rica in the General Assembly Second Committee where she won an outstanding position paper award and an honorable mention award for the delegation. The following year, she represented the Kingdom of Thailand under the ASEAN Regional Forum in the 4th UP Model UN. Her experiences in MUNs made her more passionate in discussing agenda topics specifically on international peace, refugee crisis, rights and welfare of women and children, to name a few. Given the opportunity to be a part of the General Assembly dais, she is looking forward to meet the delegates and be able to help them to broaden their perspectives, be engaged in substantive discussions on issues, gaining a greater appreciation about the world’s most pressing and complex problems.
The Rapporteur for the General Assembly is Erylle Norielle V. Popatco, currently a sophomore taking up Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. Many have fondly known her as quiet and sweet, since she is always the youngest in the groups she is affiliated in. Her first ever Model United Nations experience was the Primary Model United Nations in Benilde as a way to prepare her on what MUN really is. This is where she received the Best Position Paper Award. Afterwards, she went to the 25th Harvard World Model United Nations (WMUN) in Rome, Italy where she represented the Republic of Kenya. This is where she became passionate in the debates and resolution making in a Model UN, especially in the kind of setting that WMUN gave. After joining this momentous event, she joined the 18th Benilde Model United Nations where she received the Outstanding Delegate Award. After all this, she received training and joined the 26th Harvard World Model United Nations in Montréal, Canada. All these MUN experiences made Erylle concerned with International events and current events. It honed her to be involved in the things that are related to the changes in the world that are constantly happening. The issues that fuel her to strive more as a student and a MUN baby are humanitarian issues such as education, refugee crisis, modern day slavery and other things of that matter. She is very excited to be part of this year’s 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She hopes to see engaged and passionate delegates to be the leaders of tomorrow.
The Chair for the Security Council is Lev Jenwin Ramboyong. She is a junior at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, taking up AB Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. Currently, she serves as the Vice President of Leaders in Diplomacy and has experienced being a delegate in a total of ten Model United Nations Conferences. Eight of which are collegiate MUNs in the Philippines and the two are international conferences namely Harvard Model United Nations-Rome and National Model United Nations-Japan. This would be her third time as a Committee Chair after being the ECOSOC Chair of University of the Philippines MUN 2016 and Security Council Chair of Southern Luzon MUN 2017. She firmly defines Model United Nations as an arena where skills and knowledge in researching, speaking and writing can be enhanced, where knowledge in international affairs can be applied, where people of different cultures can cooperate, where each and everyone could be a diplomat, and where strangers from different parts of the world meet and unite. Have you already crossed paths with such an enthusiastic and exceptional MUNer? This time you’ll get the chance to meet her, as the Security Council Chair could no longer wait for the 19th Benilde Model United Nations! See you there!
The Vice Chair for the Security Council is Adrian Macasaquit. Maca, as his friends call him, is currently a 3rd year college student taking up AB-Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. In his MUN career, Adrian has acquired specialized interests in global issues concerning Nuclear energy, Cyber-security, Bio-technology and Transnational Organized Crimes. Last year, he was part of the delegation that represented the Republic of Kenya in the Commission on Science and Technology committee at Harvard World MUN-Rome. Recently, he represented the Republic of Sudan in the Disarmament and International Security committee in Harvard World MUN-Montreal. Adrian’s only advice for delegates is that once you step out of your comfort zone during a MUN, that’s when you’ll learn more about yourself in the process. Adrian is excited to gain more knowledge from the delegates, and looks forward to be one of the Dais in the United Nations Security Council!
The Rapporteur for the Security Council is Sheillyn Q. Pingol. She is currently on her 2nd year studying Consular and Diplomatic Affairs in the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Her first Model United Nations conference was the National Model United Nations in New York last March 2016, representing the People’s Republic of China in the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The said delegation obtained the “Distinguished Delegation” award, placing second overall. Since, she has participated in local Model United Nations conferences in the Security Council such as UST Model United Nations 2016 and the 4th UP Model United Nations, which resulted in her winning a best position paper award and a best delegate award. Sheillyn’s inclination towards issues regarding international peace and security has motivated her to actively pursue her MUN career as the rapporteur in the 19th Benilde Model United Nations Security Council.
Introducing the Economic and Social Council Chair, Adrianne Mariae P. Evangelista! She is a junior student from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and is currently taking up AB major in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. Her first experience in a Model United Nations Conference started during her frosh years as the delegate of Maldives in the 17th Benilde Model United Nations 2014 and as the delegate of Paraguay in the 2nd De La Salle-Model United Nations 2015. She continued her exposure as one of the youngest delegates to join in National Model United Nations (NMUN) held in Czech Republic, where she has received an award of “Outstanding Position Paper” in the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) committee, as well as the award of “Honorable Mention Delegation” representing the Finland, held at Palacký University, Olomouc. Her NMUN experience was followed when she joined NMUN-New York 2016, this time representing one of the P5 Countries––China––also in UNESCO. Her delegation received the “Distinguished Delegation” award, the second highest rank in the conference overall. In the same year, she joined the 18th Benilde Model United Nations as the delegate of Paraguay obtaining the “Honorable Mention Delegate” award in Habitat III, alongside with the “Outstanding Delegation” award. Her most recent NMUN experience was also in New York, where she was appointed as Head Delegate this 2017. Under her leadership, the delegation has received an “Honorable Mention” award and 9 Outstanding Position Paper awards, one of which is where she participated, the General Assembly Third Committee representing the United Mexican States. Adrianne’s passion of actively participating in Model United Nations has accustomed herself in addressing real events that the international community is currently facing. The Chair for the Economic and Social Council encourages you to get involved in the 19th Benilde Model United Nations, with the theme “Promoting Sustainability Amidst Shifting Global Trends.” Raise concern in the society, and create an extraordinary difference with your participation in the conference as young future delegates!
The Vice Chair for the Economic and Social Council is Edward Julienne “EJ” P. Quimba. Ej, originally from Iloilo City, is now a senior at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, taking up Bachelor of Arts Major in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. Ej was a member of Benilde’s delegation to the 25th Harvard World Model United Nations in Rome, Italy last March 2016 and is currently a member of this year’s delegation to the 26th Harvard Model United Nations in Montreal, Canada. He was in the General Assembly First Committee, or the Disarmament and International Security Committee of both the Harvard World MUNs that he joined. In addition to his experiences in World MUN, he was also a delegate at the 18th Benilde Model United Nations last year under the UN Habitat Committee where he was awarded as an honorable delegate. He is particularly interested in tackling security issues, such as counter terrorism actions, territorial disputes and issues regarding cyber security. Human rights and sustainable growth are also among the issues that he is interested in. When not busy with his academics and MUNs, Ej’s hobbies include playing his favorite sport, which is basketball, watching action movies, and swimming. He wants to experience different kinds of culture as he travels the world, becomes a successful diplomat in the future and as he represent the Philippines in the international arena.
The Rapporteur for the Economic and Social Council is Franz Danielle dela Cruz. Born in the sweet city at the heart of Panay, Franz is a junior at DLS-CSB, taking up Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. She started joining local MUNs when she was a freshman, and decided to be inclined in topics concerning social issues, human rights, economic growth, and human development. She was one of the delegates who attended National Model United Nations-New York last March 2016, and was a delegate of a report writing committee (the CESCR) under ECOSOC. This year, she is also part of the Harvard World Model United Nations-Montreal delegation under ECOFIN. Aside from her drive for such conferences, she is also an artist at heart. That’s why during her free time, she would paint portraits and play the guitar. Franz is very spontaneous and adventurous, as she would like to experience the diversity of what the world has to offer. She is beyond excited to be part of the ECOSOC dais and to work with you all!
Kelly Ruth Andres is the Chair for the 19th Benilde Model United Nations under the committee of Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL). She is experienced in Model United Nations (MUN) conferences both abroad and in the Philippines. In her freshman year, Kelly was privileged to join Benilde’s delegation to Harvard WorldMUN (WMUN) 2015 in South Korea, where she represented the Republic of Nicaragua in General Assembly Fourth Committee, SPECPOL. In 2016, she also represented the People’s Republic of China in National MUN (NMUN) in New York, along with her co-delegates, where they won 2nd place overall. In the same year, she also headed a delegation in the 18th Benilde MUN (BMUN), once again representing China in the Security Council and bagging the “Outstanding Delegate” and the “Outstanding Delegation” awards. Her specialty topics are on international space laws and refugees.
Lisa Carolina D. Yñiguez is the Rapporteur for the 19th Benilde Model United Nations under the Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL) committee. Being a freshman in De la Salle-College of Saint Benilde in the School of Diplomacy and Governance, Lisa was exposed to the different avenues of applying and exhibiting diplomacy, including the Model United Nations (MUN). In her attempt to enter MUNs, she applied for the 17th Benilde Model United Nations (BMUN) in 2014. She was the delegate of Sierra Leone in the committee for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), where she was able to understand and widen her horizons in the knowledge of world issues and the movement of the global community. Thus, when she rejoined in the 18th Benilde Model United Nations, she was well aware and much more appreciative of such matters and gained her the “Honorable Delegate” award in the committee of United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). In light of International MUNs, she joined the National Model United Nations (NMUN) in Kobe, Japan last 2016, as the delegate of the Republic of the Congo in the General Assembly and gained the “Honorable Delegation” award along her co-country delegates.
Sofia Talja is the Rapporteur for 19th Benilde Model United Nations under the committee of Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL). She is born with a bad case of wanderlust. Exploring countries gives her the opportunity to see and learn more about the world. Her desire to explore and learn more about the world and the people led her to choose the AB-Consular and Diplomatic Affairs track. The Model United Nations allows her to deepen her knowledge about countries and be more aware of her surroundings. It also allowed her to meet different individuals who are passionate in discussing global issues. She represented Latvia in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) during the 18th Benilde Model United Nations and Norway in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during the National Model United Nations (NMUN) in Washington, DC in 2016, where she and her partner gained an award for “Outstanding Position Paper” and “Distinguished Delegation” along with her co-country delegates.
The Chairperson of the World Health Organization is no other than—Carlos Miguel Llamas! His friends fondly call him “Hikari.” He is a junior at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, taking up Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. Carlos has been participating in Model United Nations since his frosh year, with a total of six conferences, both local and international. Most notably, he participated as a delegate in the 25th and 26th Harvard World Model United Nations, which was held in Rome, Italy and Montreal, Canada, respectively. That’s where he was inspired to see global health as a paramount issue in international relations. This will be his third time chairing a committee. His first chairing experience was in the 4th UP Model United Nations in the Security Council. Subsequently, he was the chair of World Health Organization in the 2nd Southern Luzon Model United Nations held in UP Los Baños. He is a human and animal rights advocate; among his interests related to international relations are human rights, global health, the influx of refugees and security aspects such as sovereignty issues and territorial disputes, Public speaking and theater are two of his inseparable passions in life. He strongly believes that Benilde Model United Nations will equip the youth with the knowledge and foundation they need to form a better and sustainable future! He is excited to share his experience to hone you to be the best delegate that you can be! Hikari invites you to be part of this pioneering and life changing conference by the youth and for the youth.
The Vice Chair for World Health Organization (WHO) is Charmaine M. Argana, better known as “Cham”. A junior in De La Salle College of Saint Benilde taking up Consular and Diplomatic Affairs (CDA), she has developed her passion for Model United Nations having met numerous inspiring people throughout her CDA life. She used to be a clueless delegate in her first ever MUN was De La Salle MUN where she represented Tonga. A remarkable MUN experience was when she represented Chinese Taipei in the Ateneo Model UN as an observer state that was obliged to start a crisis in the committee. She engaged in Primary Model United Nations in Benilde and represented Chad. The turning point of her MUN experience was joining the 25th Harvard WorldMun where she represented Kenya. That is when MUN itself became influential aspect of her character. The following MUN was Benilde MUN, which saw her representing Kenya for the second time. Then she participated in the University of the Philippines’ 4th MUN, where she bagged the Best Delegate award as the delegate of Japan. The latest installment to her MUN experience is the 26th Harvard WorldMun where she represented Turkey. Cham is strongly passionate about people from different walks of life, as well as their culture and history. She is inclined to humanitarian issues such as the refugee crisis, food security, education, and children’s rights. Model United Nations gave her opportunities to meet new people, brainstorm, and engage in debates on interesting and substantive matters––one of the things she relishes the most in MUNs. Given the opportunity to be part of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations, she aims on imparting all her knowledge to the delegates and the people who will be part of such event. The end goal in this conference is to build friendships and gain lessons through the ultimate desire of changing the world.
The Rapporteur of the World Health Organization is Celine Grace Abella whom you can also call, “Cyngee.” She is currently in her sophomore year under the Consular and Diplomatic Affairs (CDA) program at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. She is the secretary of Leaders in Diplomacy (LEAD) and a member of the Diplomatic League. The very first time she entered the world of Model United Nations (MUN) was during the 18th Benilde Model United Nations when she was just in her frosh year. Being a first-timer, Celine had the opportunity to be the Head Delegate of the delegation of the Republic of Macedonia wherein she won an Outstanding Position Paper Award in the General Assembly Committee. As she embarked in the journey and soon found herself enjoying the process of MUNs, she gave National Model United Nations in Washington DC a try and got accepted. Together with her co-delegates, they represented the Kingdom of Norway and were granted the Distinguished Delegation Award. Additionally, she was a recipient of an Outstanding Position Paper Award in the General Assembly Third Committee. Throughout her experience, she realized that it is with cooperation and sustainable solutions that keep the world a better place. Now, by being part of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations, Celine would like to express her utmost gratitude and excitement. She wishes you, delegates, the best of luck!