BAIPHIL’s 6th General Membership Meeting (FY2010-2011)

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    Reese F. Ruiz espouses the “Eco-Ethical Lifestyle”

The guest speaker for BAIPHIL’s General Membership Meeting on January 25, 2011 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati City is the President and Founding Partner of Rags2Riches, Inc., a pioneering Social Business Enterprise in the Philippines that creates fashion and lifestyle designer products from upcycled materials.

Social entrepreneur, Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, Rags2Riches, Inc. President and Founding Partner, will discuss the topic: “Eco-Ethical Lifestyle”.

Rags2Riches, Inc. is in partnership with premiere designers and marginalized communities in the Philippines, and together, they advocate for Eco-Ethical Lifestyle. As a pioneer and an innovative social enterprise model, Rags2Riches garnered several awards such as the University of San Francisco Social Enterprie Award, Body Shop Foundation Grant, Starbucks Foundation Grant, and 1st Prize in the Business in Development Global Challenge, and Zonta Angels Awards.

As the leader and co-founder and grew Rags2Riches to a sustainable and scalable level, Reese is recognized as one of the emerging young changemakers in the world. She has been given several local and international distinctions namely:

- One of the top 20 young social entrepreneurs of the Youth Action Net Fellowship 2008, selected out of a pool of 800 young social entrepreneurs in the world.
- Model Scholar alongside National Heroes and Philippine Luminaries by the Ateneo de Manila University.
- Creamsilk Empowered Woman Award 2010
- Go Negosyo Young Social Entrepreneur Award 2010
- one of the top 10 young leaders of the Philippines by Asia 21 Asia Society.
- The youngest ever in history to receive the Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service Award (TOWNS) 2010.
- One of the Five Inagural Rolex Young Laureates 2010 selected out of a pre-screened pool of 300 young innovators around the world.


On a personal note, in the vignettes recorded in Go-negosyo’s column of Joey Concepcion entitled “My Christmas Wish” in the December 30, 2010 issue of Philippine Star, Reese wrote: ” I love the anticipated simbang gabi in Ateneo. When I was in college, I would complete the nine masses.” In the same column, among the respondents was Mark Ruiz, Microventures co-founder and Managing Director, who seconds by writing; “In the Christmas of 2007, Reese and I got together. Now, three years later, we got married on December 22.”