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2018 PhilDev-Shell Leadership Camp

The Annual PhilDev-Shell Science and Engineering Scholarship (PSES) Summer Camp is part of the support services provided by PhilDev and Shell to its scholars. Scholars from PhilDev’s partner universities in the Philippines participate in this yearly event. The scholars attend various sessions during the camp from personality development to practical skills like resume writing and job interview training.The Summer Camp was held on July 23-25 at the Shell Training Center in Pililia, Rizal. 99 of PhilDev’s 150 scholars participated in the 5-day activity.

Present during the event were Dado Banatao, Chairman and Founder of PhilDev, and Cesar Romero, Country Chairman of Pilipinas Shell. The event was also attended by Members of the Board of Trustees of PhilDev and top officials from Pilipinas Shell.

Dado shared his journey as a Filipino Engineer that started with his pursuit to learn more and explore opportunities in the U.S. He shared his experiences from his first job at Boeing, designing aircrafts and eventually pursuing higher studies in Stanford University. Dado emphasized on the importance of the design process and constantly striving to learn more.

“You have to invent your own process. We thrive as engineers because we design things. It becomes a habit when your mind is always hungry for more.” said Dado Banatao.

Cesar Romero also shared about his experiences as an Engineer himself, starting with a career in sales and eventually working his way to the top. He highlighted the significance of differentiating accomplishment from effort and the importance of “follow through”.

“There’s a big difference between effort and accomplishment. Unfortunately, that’s the sad reality of life: you are not judged by your effort, you are judged by your accomplishment. The discipline of “follow through”–make sure that something is completed” he said.

The camp was culminated by a short program where all the different batches of scholars showcased their talents through performances and presentations they prepared. The graduating batch of scholars also prepared a short presentation to thank PhilDev and Shell for all the help and support provided to them.


With 100 million pesos in seed funding from Pilipinas Shell Foundation in 2015, the PhilDev Science and Engineering Scholarships (PSES) supports talented students who lack financial capability  to pursue their studies in disciplines under science and technology.

Scholarships are given to students who are entering their second year (or upwards) in any Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAM) course.  Visit Phildev’s Science and Engineering Scholarship Program for more information.

PhilDev-Shell 2018 Graduates

Congratulations! We are proud of you!

VILLANUEVA, Sherline A. 

AGBAYANI, Jonathan R.

ALFECHE, Fortia Louise Adeliene M.

BADANG, Dick Arnie Q.

CARRILLO, Christianne Jay C.

ENOY, Ro Jan I.

ORTIZ, Joseph Earnie A.

MAÑALAC, Ed Joshua G.

CAÑEBA, Elaine Nicole O.

DELA PEÑA, Keesha S.

PUGAL, Roider S.

YTAC, Dorothy Joy Q.

DE GUZMAN, Jessa V. 

MENDOZA JR, Walter K. 

CORPUZ, Ma. Patricia Leriezz J. 

QUISMUNDO, Jana Mariel C.


DAÑEZ, John Cristopher A. 

SOLON, Paul Roel G.

MAGADAN, John Wilrich P.

OLMOS, Patrick T.

YU, Lexiejoy D.

ESTANISLAO, Sherwin Brian S.

MELGAR, James Carl S.

TAN, Ma. Kassandra S. 

SAMBO, Rey Bryan L.

VILLALBA, Leo Marcelo P.

PhilDev Labs at Techtonic Summit 2018

On June 27-28, participants from various sectors of the tech and startup community came together for the Techtonic Summit 2018 at SMX in Pasay, Metro Manila. This years’ theme is Disrupting Southeast Asia, with the aim of inspiring innovation and building a community across the region. The event was attended by over 10,000 participants featuring tech industry leaders, impact investors, leading media partners, and thousands of representatives from the government, academe, corporate, and startup community.

The event opened with key messages from Philippines Senators Bam Aquino, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, and Loren Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance.

“Funding startups is an adventure”, said Sen. Bam Aquino who is also the principal author of the Innovative Startup Act which seeks to empower and encourage Filipino innovators and entrepreneurs to build better solutions for the nation.

The main event was the Ring of Fire competition where 20 startups competed for a chance to win PHP 500,000. The winner of the competition was the student-led Exora Technologies, an online marketplace for big power users and retail electricity suppliers.

“The level of Philippine startups keeps getting better and Filipino startups need to look abroad, raise their sights, because they’re capable of doing it and they have the technology for it,” said Butch Meily, QBO Innovation Hub President and one of the judges in the pitch competition. Through an event like this, Techtonic aims to make Southeast Asia the epicenter of innovation.

PhilDev took part in the two-day event as one of the community partners. The event was dubbed as the biggest tech conference in the Philippines, presented by PMCM Events Management, Original Pitch Venture Capitalist, QBO, LiquidMinds, and XS by XS.  

“We are excited for the developments happening in the region and we are hopeful that events like this help pave way for more opportunities for collaboration and community-building within Southeast Asia. We are happy to be part of this year’s Techtonic Summit. We hope to leverage on the networks built during the summit to explore more areas of collaboration between startups, government agencies, corporations, and other ecosystem builders in the region. It was also a great opportunity for us to reach out to the startup community about our recently launched Social Impact Accelerator, where we look forward to supporting impact-driven social enterprises in the Philippines.” said Katherine Khoo, Mentorship Coordinator of PhilDev Labs.


Watch Techtonic Summit's event highlights, here.