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Hijacker, rapper, and spoken word artist among 11 speakers at TEDxDiliman, Oct. 11

TEDxDiliman 2015 happens on Sunday at the School of Economics, UP Diliman. Photo by BMLab for TEDxDiliman.

TEDxDiliman 2015 happens on Sunday at the School of Economics, UP Diliman. Photo by BMLab for TEDxDiliman.

The organizers of TEDxDiliman have revealed the 11 speakers and their topics for its 2015 conference themed “Paths Less Travelled” on Sunday at the School of Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman.

In “High Tech Hope for Our Heritage,” street magician Conrad Alampay will talk about 3D laser scanning technologies and how these are being used to protect Philippine heritage sites.

Peryodiko frontman Vin Dancel will disclose “Where Music Has Taken Me.” Rapper Mike Swift will discuss “How I used Instagram to bring Lebron to The Tenement.” Endocrinologist Iris Isip Tan will recount a life of “A Doctor on Facebook.” Graphic novelist Arnold Arre will describe his work “From Panels to Pages.” Chef Waya Araos will narrate “A Chef’s Life Made Special.”

Spoken word artist Juan Miguel Severo will unveil his secret to performing in “Spoken Word: Imagine Your Audience Naked.” Historian Ambeth Ocampo will elaborate on the question, “How Do We Liberate Ourselves from the Past?” Art and culture patron Senator Loren Legarda will describe “The Road to the Venice Biennale.”

(Read more about the Philippines’ return to the Venice Biennale in May after 51 years at and

Former fraternity man Raymund Narag, who was arrested in connection with the death of another fratman in a campus rumble, but was acquitted after seven years in prison, will elaborate on the subject “Inside Out: Reforming the Philippine Penal System.”

(Read more about his story at

Soe Myint, a Burmese activist who once hijacked an Airbus because he wanted to highlight the human rights situation in Myanmar, will deliver a talk titled “The Hijacker.”

“His story is truly a path less travelled,” said Gigo Alampay, the executive director of Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS), which organizes TEDxDiliman annually.

Vin Dancel and the UP Concert Chorus will also be putting on performances for the audience. Graphic designer and Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK) member Liza Flores is in charge of the set.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) started in 1984 as “a platform for ideas worth spreading.” Independently organized TEDx events like TEDxDiliman “help share ideas in communities around the world,” according to the TED website.

The event will be livestreamed on Sunday from 1-7 p.m. at