Salon events are often small weekly or monthly events that keep a TEDx community engaged between regular TEDx events. It’s a unique kind of gathering that TEDx organizers hold which allows the conversation to continue, in person.


At a TEDx salon, attendees watch TED Talks, sometimes host a few speakers and have informal discussions about the talks they witnessed. Salons re-engage your community and team during the time between your main TEDx events, and spark discussion on issues of interest to your local community.

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Five Reasons Why You’ll Love TEDx Salons


With the theme Love,  P.S. Through the Spectrum and Beyond, the UPLB community took a ride on the wings of love as unconventional ideas and perspectives on love filled the air last February 3, 2020. Speakers from various fields of expertise delivered talks that viewed love in a different way and imparted how the meaning of this four-letter word changed over the course of time through modernization—resulted to the unconventional ways this generation chooses to express their love.



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February 3, 2020 | LR1 College of Development Communication 



Last February 2020, TEDxUPLB spread the love and ideas during our Salon event entitled Love, TEDxUPLB P.S: Through the Spectrum and Beyond, where four speakers and a discussion facilitator shared their different takes on love.


To have kids or to not have kids?

In her talk entitled The Dollhouse, Prof. Cassandra Teodosio expressed her views about having kids or the lack thereof. She shared how much pressure society directs towards middle-aged people, especially women, to procreate. She reminded us that not having kids doesn’t make us any less human and that the choices we make are a reflection of our freedom.


Puppy Love

Prof. Aaron Paul Lusanta, or Sir Paul to his students, redefined the meaning of puppy love. A dog-lover, Sir Paul, shared his fond memories with his pets, and how animals often remind us to act like a human.


Can Love Transcend the Law?

According to Prof. Keisha Abog of the Humanities Department, yes it does.  During her talk about LGBTQIA+ families, she said that “Love transcends the law if it perpetuates inequality.” She expressed that people should be able to form their own families without being limited by the law.


What They Don’t Tell You About Moving On

Ms. Victorena Diesta got the audience’s attention by sharing her experiences and mishaps with love. In her talk, she discussed her ‘honest’ steps in moving on. She also reminded us to ask ourselves if we are being loved the way we wanted, and the way we deserve. 


A Queer Vision of Love and Marriage

Mr. Nico Rastrullo of the UPLB Babaylan facilitated the Q&A portion where he advocated for the importance of intersectionality of social issues. He also emphasized that the strength of queer love is options since no standard exists for something out of the norm, queer people are free to create their own.


With a hundred and seven participants, Love, TEDxUPLB P.S: Through the Spectrum and Beyond made the record for being the largest TEDx Salon event in the Philippines to date. This love-filled event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our partner organizations & event sponsors!