Rio Brigino

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Rio Zamora Brigino (born June 22, 1978 in Manila, Philippines) is the events supervisor of Vibal Publishing House, Inc. and external relations officer of VPHI's philanthropic arm Vibal Foundation. She is a graduate of AB Communication Arts at the University of the Philippines, Los Banos. She attended elementary and high school at St. James Academy, Malabon.

She is the daughter of Jose Encarnacion Brigino Jr. and Rosalie Garcia Zamora. She has three siblings Le Roy, Rizza, and Monique.



Rio Brigino spent twelve years (from Kinder A to 4th Year High School) at St. James Academy, a private, catholic school in Malabon City. She attended college at the University of the Philippines Los Banos and earned her Communication Arts degree.

She also earned some MA units at the School of Labor and Industrial Relations (SOLAIR) at UP Diliman.


When she was in college, she joined the UP Sigma Alpha Sorority, a service-oriented protest sorority which believes in upholding human dignity, and lives by the motto Truth Leadership Loyalty. She was elected Prime Sister Exemplar during the Academic Year 1998-99. It is in the sorority where she honed her leadership qualities.


She has been with Vibal since December 2000. Her first job at the biggest educational publishing firm was Seminar and Events Coordinator under her mentor, Glenda Torio. She transferred to Student's Digest as a writer in 2002. Two years later, she was transferred to Marketing and became Events Superivisor. Her main responsibility is to handle all promotion activities of Vibal and all of its affiliate companies, including the two websites and

Feminist Advocacy

Brigino was responsible for conceptualizing the WikiPilipinas Encyclopedia of Philippine Women and its associated website the Philippine Women's Studies microsite in She helped create and expand the portal outline and initiated partnerships with the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women, the UP Center for Women's Studies, Filipina Images and the Helena Benitez Global Forum to propel the portal and the microsite.

The official launching of the Encyclopedia of Philippine Women and the Philippine Women's Studies microsite took place on March 3, 2008 at the Helena Benitez Global Forum in Manila Hotel. Brigino delivered the introductory address on behalf of Vibal Foundation and presented the websites to an audience composed of local government officials and feminist advocates. On March 8, Brigino also spoke on empowering women through the Internet during the official Women's Month celebrations organized by the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Brigino represented Vibal Foundation in the Centennial Lecture of UP Centennial Fellow Dr. Carolyn I. Sobritchea, former director of the UP Center for Women's Studies and current executive director CWS Foundation, who cited the Encyclopedia of Philippine Women and the Philippine Women's Studies microsite as important resources on Philippine women's studies online. Brigino also coordinated the presentation of the websites at the second regional conference of the Women's Studies Association of the Philippines (WSAP) in Miriam College which was held from March 24 to March 26.

The launching of the Philippine Women's Encyclopedia and the Philippine Women's Studies microsite was brought to a successful close at Women Can't Wait!, a job and trade fair sponsored by Prime Trade Asia and Sunsilk Philippines at the SMX Mall of Asia. Brigino organized Vibal Foundation's participation in the event, which saw the announcement of winners of the pioneering WikiPilipinas Filipina Stories writing contest.



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