Secretariat

Secretary-General: Mikaela Cloie Perez

Deputy Secretary-General: Klayton Jerome Valenzuela

Director-General: Dominique Gomez

Deputy Director-General 1: Don Jorge Marcos

Deputy Director-General 2: Jose Mari Dela Torre

Chief-of-Staff: Guijette Patricia Bernardo

Deputy Chief-of-Staff: Christine Joy Palacpac

Chief-of-Protocol: Quim Allystaire Morales

Deputy Chief-of-Protocol for Plenary: Jayce Pajadan

Deputy Chief-of-Protocol for Social Events: Tara Julia Sumaya

Logistics Director: Ma. Corazon Palang

Deputy Logistics Director 1: Raven Joyce Lansangan

Deputy Logistics Director 2: Scire Gerone Ollero

Marketing and Relations Director: Patricia Allhen Marie Catu

Deputy Marketing and Relations Director: Chelsea Nicole Pineda

Finance Director: Ainna Shariz Comia

Deputy Finance Director: Joella Mariz Leocadio

Creatives Director: Chrismarie Balbido

Deputy Creatives Director 1: Patricia Kaye Gongora

Deputy Creatives Director 2: Guia Grijaldo

World Press Editor-in-Chief: Charlotte Mae Martin

Assistant Editor: Queenie Mhaye Valencia

LEAD President: John Pascual Magnawa

 

MIKAELA CLOIE PEREZ

Secretary General

Mikaela “Mika” Cloie Perez is the Secretary General of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is currently in her third year at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde taking up Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. Before being appointed as the Secretary General for the 19th BenildeMUN, she was one of the first students in her batch to participate in International MUN, as she represented the Republic of Nicaragua under the General Assembly at the 24th Harvard World Model United Nations-Seoul in 2015. She also engaged herself as a delegate in various local MUNs such as the 2nd UST Model UN, wherein she won a Best Position Paper award while representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the United Nations Educational and Scientific Committee, and as a member of the dais the 18th BenildeMUN (Habitat III), 4th UP Model UN (Economic and Social Council) during and Primary MUN (General Assembly). Moreover, she was one of the Head Delegates to the 1st Ateneo Model UN at Davao delegation, wherein she represented the United Kingdom in the Security Council. Currently, she’s the Protocol Committee Head in Leaders in Diplomacy. Aside from her participation in MUNs, she was an active student in different organizations, as she was a former football varsity player, sports writer for the Benildean Press Corps, and customer support staff member at the Benildean Yearbook Office. Despite her commitments, she was still able to maintain her grades, as she’s a consistent Dean’s Lister until the present time. Personally, Mikaela spends most of her free time engaging herself into anything Korean––drama, cosmetics, vlogs, shows, songs, etc., whereas her academic interests range from humanitarian affairs and diplomacy to international security issues.

 

KLAYTON JEROME VALENZUELA

Deputy Secretary General

Klayton Jerome Valenzuela is the Deputy Secretary General of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. He is now in his junior year taking up Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. Klayton has been actively participating to Model United Nations conferences locally and internationally. He represented the Republic of Kenya during the 18th Benilde Model United Nations in the UN High Commissioner for Refugees wherein he was given the Outstanding Delegate award. Moreover, he also participated in the Harvard World Model United Nations twice; in Rome, Italy last 2016 and Montreal, Canada last March 2017. With these experiences, he was also able to chair Model UN simulations for some of his classes in Benilde. Outside the CDA community, Klayton is an active student leader and volunteer of DLS-CSB’s Student Involvement Office.

 

DOMINIQUE GOMEZ

Director-General

Dominique “Nikki” Gomez is the Director General of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is a third year Consular and Diplomatic Affairs student at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Throughout her previous years in College, she has been actively involved in various local and international Model UN conferences, which unraveled her interest for topics in International Relations, such as digital forensics and international security, just to name a few. In her freshman year, she represented São Tomé and Príncipe under the United Nations General Assembly (GA) in the 2nd De La Salle Model United Nations (DLSMUN). Moreover, it was in her sophomore year that she further ventured into participating in numerous local Model UN conferences as she represented the United Arab Emirates under the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural (SOCHUM) Committee in the 6th Ateneo Model United Nations.  During the 18th Benilde Model United Nations (BMUN), she garnered the “Outstanding Delegate” award as the delegate of the Republic of Ethiopia under the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Last March 2017, Nikki served as the Head Delegate to the Harvard World Model United Nations (HWMUN) 2017 Delegation in Montréal, Canada wherein she represented the Republic of Turkey under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  Aside from participating in the realm of local and international Model UN conferences, Nikki is also a student-leader, serving as the Vice-Chairperson for Advocacies under the TAYO Political Organization. Nikki likes to spend her time listening to pulsating-like music, discovering experimental cafés and exploring the coexistence of art and nature through photography. Nikki is a goal-oriented person and aspires to ignite a spark of change in the society by participating in volunteer-related works within her local community. Serving as this year’s Director-General, Nikki is looking forward for substantive debates and pragmatic resolutions to modern-day issues, as well as personally meeting all of the delegates in the conference proper!

 

DON JORGE MARCOS

Deputy Director-General #1

Don Jorge  “DonJ” Marcos is the Deputy Director General of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. He is a third year Consular and Diplomatic Affairs student at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. For the previous years as a student in Benilde, he has been actively participating as a delegate in Model UN conferences and he has participated mainly in local Model UNs, such as the 2nd De La Salle Model United Nations (DLSMUN) as a delegate in the Council of Europe and as the delegate in the United Nations General Assembly (GA) in the 18th Benilde Model United Nations (BMUN). Aside from participating in local Model UN conferences, DonJ is also an active student leader and one of the current executive officers of his student organization, the TAYO Political Organization. During his free time, DonJ partakes into computer graphics, particularly in designing 3D models and keen on learning and understanding different cultures and traditions. As the Deputy Director-General for the 19th Benilde Model United Nations, DonJ is excited to meet all the delegates in the upcoming conference!

 

JOSE MARI DE LA TORRE

Deputy Director-General #2

Jose Mari De La Torre is the Deputy Director General of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. He is a third year Consular and Diplomatic Affairs student at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. For the past three years as a student in the institution, he has participated in different local Model UN conferences, such as the Asia and Pacific Model United Nations (APMUN) and Benilde Model United Nations (BMUN), respectively. In terms of participating in international Model UN conferences, he has previously represented the People’s Republic of China under the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in the National Model United Nations-New York Conference 2016. He is also an active student leader under Benilde Commission on Elections (Benilde COMELEC) as the Commissioner for Electoral Affairs for the Academic Year 2016-2017. While not studying for classes or helping out in his student organization, Jose enjoys a variety of hobbies – namely reading any book that catches his eyes, writing various stories (physically and mentally), and playing action-packed video games. Serving as the Deputy Director-General for the 19th Benilde Model United Nations, Jose is looking forward for explosive debates and thought-provoking discourse from the delegates in this year’s conference!

 

GUIJETTE PATRICIA BERNARDO

Chief of Staff

Guijette Bernardo is the Chief of Staff of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is in her junior year as a student of Consular and Diplomatic Affairs program. She is a scholar of the Usaha Tegas Foundation Inc. (UTFI) and is a consistent Dean’s Lister. For the past three years, she has joined several MUNs; she represented the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) during the 2nd De La Salle Model United Nations (DLSMUN). During her sophomore year, she participated in the 18th Benilde Model United Nations (BMUN) representing Singapore in the UN Habitat committee. For the 1st Ateneo Model United Nations at Davao, she represented the Italian Republic in the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Council. In her free time, she watches TV series and Korean dramas and reads books, as well as blogs about travel and lifestyle.

 

CHRISTINE JOY PALACPAC

Deputy Chief of Staff

Christine Joy “CJ” Palacpac is the Deputy Chief of Staff of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is a junior Consular and Diplomatic Affairs student at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde. For the past three years, she has joined two local MUNs in which she represented Timor Leste in the General Assembly (GA) during the 2nd De La Salle Model United Nations (DLSMUN) and Finland in the GA during the 4th UP Model United Nations (UPMUN). During her sophomore year, she participated in the 18th Benilde Model United Nations (BMUN) as part of the staff committee, assigned in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).  She is also an active officer of the Benilde Central Student Government (CSG), the College’s highest governing body. She served as the School of Diplomacy and Governance (SDG) 114 Representative for the first two terms of this academic year and is currently elected as the new SDG President for the 3rd Term. Previous on this achievement, she was the former Benilde Red Cross Youth Council Public Relations Officer and Treasurer. CJ is a diligent and responsible person, as she knows how to balance her academics and extracurricular activities. She spends most of her free time with her loved ones and watches Korean Dramas as part of her leisure time.

 

CORAZON PALANG

Logistics Director

Corazon Palang is the Logistics Director of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is a third year Consular and Diplomatic Affairs student at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Her passion for learning and exposing herself to new things motivated her to join several Model United Nations Conferences, such as the 17thand 18th Benilde Model United Nations, De La Salle University MUN, and Benilde Prime MUN. She also participated in the National Model United Nations last 2015 in Washington, DC wherein she garnered the Outstanding Position Paper award and the Distinguished Delegation award for representing Costa Rica in the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) committee. Corazon is also an active officer of the school’s highest governing body, the Central Student Government (CSG), as the School of Diplomacy and Governance’s School Student Government (SDG SSG) President (1st – 2nd term) and the new Vice President for Operations of the CSG Executive Board (3rd term) for SY 2016-2017. Aside from being a student leader, she is just like any other student who loves to read books, sing, draw, and hang out with her loved ones. She has always fancied almost anything related to Japanese (e.g. anime, food, traditions, etc.), thanks to the influence of her father; she even formally learned the language and became a certified passer of the A1 Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Her interests in the field of International Relations has grown larger because of her course and the many MUN experiences she had; because of that, she would like to learn more about it when she takes higher education, hopefully in two years from now. Moreover, Corazon is a very service-oriented person and hopes to make positive contributions to the world in the future. For the meantime, she will continue to practice her servant leadership skills and contribute to the success of the 19th Benilde MUN as the Logistics Director.

 

SCIRE GERONE OLLERO

Deputy Logistics Director

Scire Gerone Ollero is the Deputy Logistics Director of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is a third year student taking up Consular and Diplomatic Affairs at the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde. She has recently led Benilde’s delegation to the Washington Spring Immersion Program, and is the current Logistics Officer of Leaders in Diplomacy. She is a striving and positive student who makes sure that she gives her best and her all, may it be in the field of academics or extracurricular activities. In her spare time, she adores watching a variety of movies and series, not to mention her fondness for Korean dramas. She is a bubbly young woman who aims to work for an international organization that caters to the plight of children and women around the world. As a graduating student, she is looking forward to be part of this highly anticipated conference for she will join the 19th Benilde MUN as your Deputy Logistics Director.

 

JOYCE LANSANGAN

Deputy Logistics Director

Joyce Lansangan is the Deputy Logistics Director of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is a sophomore student taking up AB-Consular and Diplomatic Affairs at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde. As a diligent Consular and Diplomatic Affairs student, she desires to be in the Foreign Service to fulfill her purpose of studying in her field. Her first step to achieve this goal began when she joined the Ateneo Model United Nations delegation in 2016, and now participating in the 19th Benilde MUN as the Deputy Logistics Director. She currently serves as the Public Relations Officer of Leaders in Diplomacy. She is an adventurous woman who climbed numerous mountains without any hesitancy. She could be as bold as she may seem, but she is actually afraid of heights. Her hobby is to read e-books, sing upbeat songs, and watch sports games like volleyball and basketball.

 

QUIM ALLYSTAIRE MORALES

Chief of Protocol

Quim Allystaire Morales is the current Chief of Protocol of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. He is a student of the Consular and Diplomatic Affairs Program at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde. He has served as a former staff of the Security Council in the previous BenildeMUN conference and is an active member of the CDA community by participating in multiple institutional and extra-curricular events, such as being a delegate of NMUN DC 2015, a liaison officer of the APEC-CEO Summit 2015, a rapporteur of the Philippine Society for Public Administration (PSPA), and an active participant of forums and immersion programs such as the Economic Security DC immersion program. Quim is a moderately quiet, friendly, and obedient individual who is determined to fulfill his duties, along with his colleagues, to practice and enforce diplomatic level protocols throughout the duration of the conference. He also loves to watch Youtube videos and sleep in his free time.

 

JAYCE PAJADAN

Deputy Chief of Protocol for Plenary

Jayce Pajadan is the Deputy Chief of Protocol for Plenary of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is a junior student at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde taking up AB – Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. She is a former Deputy Head of Staff in the Economic and Social Council for the 18th Benilde Model United Nations. Jayce is a determined, hardworking, and a reliable individual, and she will assist the Chief of Protocol in the overall implementation of the diplomatic protocol and etiquette at the conference proper. Currently, she is an intern at the Philippine Bureau of Immigration. Outside of Model UN, she enjoys exploring nature and she also likes to bingewatch mystery and suspense movies. She is incredibly excited to be serving on the 19th Benilde Model United Nations, and she is looking forward to meet the delegates!

 

TARA SUMAYA

Deputy Chief of Protocol for Social Events

Tara Sumaya is the Deputy Chief of Protocol for Social Events of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is a sophomore student taking up AB-Consular and Diplomatic Affairs at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde. Tara Sumaya was one of the Protocol Officers in the 18th Benilde Model United Nations. She has also taken part in last year’s AMUN-DC as the delegate of the United Kingdom to the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee to further widen her knowledge in MUN. She considers herself as an independent, strong-willed lady that is always on the go. She’s ready to apply what she has known by heart when it comes to social graces and etiquette, and she will assist you professionally, usher your way in and welcome you, dearest delegates, in the 19th BenildeMUN!

 

PATRICIA ALLHEN MARIE CATU

Marketing and Relations Director

Patricia Allhen Marie Catu is the Marketing and Relations Director of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is a junior student of Consular and Diplomatic Affairs at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Since her freshman year, she had already shown a strong interest in joining local and international Model United Nations until she got into Benilde’s Delegation for National Model United Nations-New York 2016, and became one of the Head Delegates for National Model United Nations- Kobe 2016. She is also a student leader and a volunteer for the organization called the Student Trainers. Patricia is engrossed in tackling issues on Urbanization, Climate Resilience, and Sustainable Development, which has been greatly influenced by the MUNs that she got involved to. She believes that events like the 19th Benilde Model United Nations had molded her to enjoy practicing diplomacy and international relations.

 

CHELSEA NICOLE PINEDA

Deputy Marketing and Relations Director

Chelsea Nicole Pineda is the Deputy Marketing and Relations Director of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is a sophomore student at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. She is the outgoing Vice President for External Affairs of Leaders in Diplomacy and the Commissioner- Elect for the Electoral Affairs of Benilde COMELEC for AY 2017-2018. She has a passion for volunteerism and is an advocate of the Sustainable Development Goals 10, 14, and 16. Her experience at the National Model United Nations in Kobe 2016 sparked her interest in international and regional security. Chelsea also believes that MUN is a platform for students to showcase their skills in research, speaking, and working with other students diplomatically. Despite of the workload brought by her organizations and academic activities, she still has time for her friends and personal hobbies.

 

AINNA SHARIZ COMIA

Finance Director

Ainna Shariz E. Comia is the Finance Director of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is an Honors scholar of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, and is currently in her sophomore year taking up Consular and Diplomatic Affairs programs in the School of Diplomacy and Governance. She started her MUN journey as a delegate of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees of the 18th Benilde Model United Nations. Having experienced being a delegate in a local MUN, she decided to join and be part of the Secretariat for this year’s conference, in order to grasp the responsibilities entailed to any MUN, whether local or international, as well as to understand the external and internal working environment of this kind of conference.

 

JOELLA MARIZ LEOCADIO

Deputy Finance Director

Joella Mariz T. Leocadio is the Deputy Finance Director of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is a second year student taking up Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. She began to participate in local MUN as a delegate under the United Nations Commission on Human Rights of the 18th Benilde Model United Nations representing the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. As she enjoyed her first MUN experience, she decided to be part of this year’s Secretariat, with the belief that this will surely help her to develop her skills in organizing events and cooperating with other officers. Most importantly, she will garner a more in-depth understanding of how MUNs operate toward its success.

 

CHRISMARIE BALBIDO

Creative Director

Chrismarie is an artsy sophomore who is currently taking up AB- Consular and Diplomatic Affairs at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Her passion for International Affairs began in high school when she binge-watched shows on History Channel; her thirst to learn more about it led her to choosing her course. Aside from international affairs, she also loves creating aesthetically pleasing art as a way to express her love for music, books, and TV shows. She began to experiment with her capabilities by joining the Marketing and Relations Committee of Leaders in Diplomacy, which then allowed her to learn more about herself as a creative person.

 

PATRICIA KAYE GONGORA

Deputy Creative Director

Tricia is a sophomore student taking up AB-Consular and Diplomatic Affairs at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Her interests include being involved in discourses significant to world affairs and traveling, that is why her course seemed to be the perfect program for her to take despite being mistaken as an SDA student 100% of the time. Coincidentally, she has taken several courses in visual arts and Graphic Design, which explains her mastery in Photoshop and Illustrator. This year marks her 2nd time to serve as one of the Deputy Creative Directors and someday, she hopes to spread more of her creativity by exploring other categories of art.

 

GUIA GRIJALDO

Deputy Creative Director

Guia is a junior student taking up AB-Consular and Diplomatic Affairs at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Her past 2 years in college have been dedicated to Model United Nations; trainings and countless papers were the things she focused on. Her creative side was something she never invested on, which is why she is glad to be finally part of the Secretariat as one of the Deputy Creative Directors. Her skills in graphic design and video editing weren’t something she showcased until she went to college. Hence, she is pleased to be given a chance to share one of her skills to the CDA community. She hopes that through BenildeMUN, she will be able to divert her attention to her other strengths in order for her to maximize all of her capabilities.  

 

CHARLOTTE MAE MARTIN

World Press Editor-in-Chief

Charlotte Mae Martin is 19th BenildeMUN’s World Press Editor-in-Chief. She is a junior student at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) taking up AB-Consular and Diplomatic Affairs.  She was a delegate in the 17th and 18th BenildeMUN and the 2nd De La Salle MUN, making the 19th BenildeMUN her fourth local MUN, this time as part of the Secretariat. Charlotte is also one of the delegates that represented Mexico and DLS-CSB in the National Model United Nations 2017-New York. It was a remarkable experience for her to be a delegate of NMUN in the General Assembly Second Committee. She’s part of the Benildean Press Corps, the official student-journalists organization of the College, pursuing her love for writing for three years now and is serving as the Associate Editor for Print. At 19, she believes she has figured out her path in the next five to ten years, which is to pursue writing and to fulfill one of her dreams to be part of a United Nations specialized agency. Otherwise she’ll be starting up her own travel blog, studying more foreign languages, or probably making music with her friends.

 

QUEENIE MHAYE VALENCIA

Assistant Editor

Queenie Mhaye Valencia is the World Press Assistant Editor of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations. She is a junior student at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde taking up AB-Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. Her passion in joining Model United Nations started when she joined 18th Benilde Model United Nations (BMUN) as she represented Bangladesh in the Economic and Social Council. This also inspired her to join International Model UN as she participated in National Model United Nations (NMUN) in Kobe, Japan as the delegate of Belgium in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or the UN Refugee Agency. She and her partner also bagged the “Outstanding Position Paper” and “Outstanding Delegate(s) Award.” In addition, their delegation was given an “Honorable Delegation Award” in the said conference. For her, Model United Nations had made her interested in various global issues that involve refugees, indigenous people and those who are vulnerable to disasters and climate change. Delegates, your World Press Assistant Editor, could no longer wait to see your exceptional abilities and to listen to your inspiring stories in the upcoming 19th Benilde Model United Nations!

 

JOHN PASCUAL C. MAGNAWA

LEAD PRESIDENT

John Pascual C. Magnawa, Lead President, is a graduating CDA student this October 2017. In his blood runs the pride, honor, and memories he got after having participated last year’s “12/12” Benilde delegation representing Bangladesh and Norway in NMUN-DC (2016). His earlier MUN experiences as a delegate in the following committees such as HABITAT III (18th BenildeMUN, 2016), Security Council (2nd UPMUN, 2015) and General Assembly (3rd USTMUN, 2015) led him to take interest in areas involving population and urban studies, human security, and now, disaster politics or its impact to foreign relations (his “dreamteams’’ URP). Apart from academics, leadership and event & project management have been two of his cornerstone college experiences that he developed. He further believes that all those triumphs and struggles he and his co-officers shared and gained from Leaders in Diplomacy (LEAD) will truly lead them somewhere. As a Benildean scholar, he considers his School Principal uncle as his inspiration to achieve his hopes & dreams, such as to obtain a Master’s degree from NUS and travel the world with his family. Presently, JP also enjoys listening to Ed’s, Swift’s and Coldplay’s music, watching anime, drinking, dancing, and hanging out with best friends, which he considers as his top treasure and major influencers.