Your Mentors

For the Benilde Open Online Courses

Meet your mentors, find out their schedules, consult for your project!


Abigail Mapua-Cabanilla

Director, Hub of Innovation For Inclusion (HIFI), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

About Your Mentor

Abi Mapua-Cabanilla’s expertise in the fields of Environmental Science and Community-Based Resource Management has exposed her to conservation work as a specialist in Information, Education and Communication.

Her years of involvement with rural and urban communities provided her the depth of understanding the sentiments of stakeholders and how societies, in general, function and interact.

The wealth of these experiences have created for her a most relevant means of communicating with and designing for communities and stakeholders.

Her efforts in the field of Social Design continue to be pioneering within the academe and the industry. She is presently Associate Dean of the New Media Studies programs of the School of Design and Arts and a major proponent of the Benilde Prize.

Abi holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of the Philippines in Los Banos. She is presently taking her PhD studies in the fields of Urban Planning and Anthropology, primarily focusing on the role of new media in communicating and mobilizing sustainable urban revitalization.



Jag Garcia

Program Director for the School of Design and Arts Continuing Education Program, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

About Your Mentor

Jag Garcia loves to play and as a result believes that anything worth doing must be fun to do – especially the learning process.

This has led to his innovation, introduction, and use of creative and engaging learning activities in the classroom and during workshops and lectures.

Jag graduated with a Bachelors degree in Communication Arts, then a Masters in Communication from De La Salle University, and a Masters in Cross-Disciplinary Art & Design from the University of New South Wales in Australia.

He was the former Chair of the Digital Filmmaking Program and is now Program Director for the School of Design and Arts Continuing Education Program, an Educational Technology Coach at Benilde, and has been in the media profession for more than half his life.

Jag is a certified Rescue diver, an underwater photographer, and an advocate for marine conservation.



TQ Antiqueno

Designer // Instructor // Food Entrepreneur

About Your Mentor

Tq Antiqueño was once a book learner. As an academic focusing of Development Communication, he immersed himself in scholarly work, reading everything and everyone he can get his hands on. But learning Design Thinking helped add depth to his DevCom work. He realized that academic and practical work, and learning and doing should strike a balance to make both fields impactful.

Since then he has been “doing” work that helped push the “just and humane” agenda as the Human-Centered Design Driver of The Just League, a  group of industry professionals who help social enterprises; as the co-founded of Fabula Populi, a Transmedia Storytelling Consultancy Company, which aims to help construct narratives that drive social good; as the Create Director of PinoyFitness, which aims to make health and fitness a common FIlipino lifestyle; and as Co-Founder and in-charge of Community Development for The Wild Range, a food enterprise that aims to champion Mindoreño flavors and talents.


Note: The above slots are broken down into 1-hour consultation sessions per group.


Rex Lor

Innovation Development & Monitoring, Hub of Innovation For Inclusion (HIFI), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

About Your Mentor

A PhD Educational Management candidate at De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU) and a holder of an MA in Educational Leadership at De La Salle University-Manila (DLSU-M). He specializes in innovation program development at the Hub of Innovation for Inclusion (HIFI), a social innovation startup incubator at the De La Salle- College of Saint Benilde.

He has more than 15 years of management experience in the academe, focusing on educational leadership, program development, training and curriculum development, strategic planning and marketing for schools. He is a national trainor of the innovative CVIF- Dynamic Learning Program and is on the constant lookout for new ways to teach creativity and critical thinking.  He is involved in the research and operationalization of Design Thinking as a teaching-learning approach and as a tool for curricular and course design.

His research on Design Thinking in Education won the Master Piece Award during the Asian Conference in Education & Psychology in Bangkok, Thailand.  He was also invited to two Afrilabs Tech Hubs Summit in Accra, Ghana and Cairo, Egypt as a resource speaker in Tech Hubs management.  He is also involved in idea and startup incubation, innovation / program development, design thinking and lean startup methodologies and business model generation.

He also dabbled in entrepreneurship, security and surveillance systems, website and mobile solutions, real estate and construction project management. He regularly engages and collaborates with like-minded individuals to develop and incubate startup ideas that are viable, feasible and desirable.


Additional Resources

Human-Centered Design MINDSETS

HCD's Mindsets help you come up with innovations creatively by shaping how you think about design and approach problem solving.

Human-Centered Design METHODS

HCD's methods are step-by-step guides that help you unleash your creativity and keep your beneficiaries at the heart of the design process.

Design Thinking: Virtual Crash Course

Hit the ground running. Here is a 90-minute video-led cruise through's methodology for Design Thinking.

The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design

HCD's Field Guide has everything you need to start solving problems like a truly human-centered designer.

Credits & Attribution:

  1. HCD Methods and Mindsets by IDEO’s Design Kit (, 
  2. Acumen Course by NovoEd (Creative Commons license BY-NC-ND),
  3. HCD Field Guide by IDEO (Creative Commons License BY-NC-SA 3.0), and
  4.’s Virtual Crash course © 2015 Stanford University Institute of Design