'Emerging Asia' them signals country's readiness for integration

Philippine Daily Inquirer 11-21-2014

THE 5TH Asia CEO Awards adapted the theme "Emerging Asia" with the hope of sending the message of the region's readiness for the Asean integration.

Asia CEO Awards, presented by PLDT Alpha Enterprise represents the union of local and international business people with the sole objective of promoting the Philippines on the world stage. The awards night is a natural product of the Asia CEO Forum, a regular networking event for the business community in the Philippines.

The judges of Asia CEO Awards gave away 10 awards to many of the most accomplished leadership teams and individuals currently operating in the Philippines and the region. The awards recognize extraordinary leaders who have demonstrated outstanding achievement for their organizations and contributions to others.

Smart Communications is named "Top Employer of the Year" for the second time. Smart chair Manny V.  Pangilinan personally accepted the award at Solaire Resorts on Nov. 12. Annette Santiago, people division head and senior vice president of Smart, said the award was "made more meaningful by the major transformations the company had to go through in recent years."

Henry Sy Sr., SM Group founder received a special citation "Lifetime Contributor of the Year" for the private sector, Sy is also named business magazine Forbes' richest Filipino.

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez received the same award for the public sector category Jimenez's leadership turned the tourism industry as one of the top-earning industries in the country. The Philippines has been recognized by international organizations as a result of the Department of Tourism's campaigns since Jimenez took over the department.

Other category winners included El Nido Resorts as Hospitality Destination of the Year; Envirosite Corp. as Technology Company of the Year; and Philex Mining Corp. as Corporate Governance Company of the Year; Michael McCullough, managing director of KMC MAG Group, received the Young Leader of the Year; Lars Wittig,country manager of Regus Philippines, was named as Expatriate Executive of the Year; and Roberto Juanchito Bispo, president of First Metro Investment Corp., was named as Global Filipino Executive of the Year; PJ. Lhuillier Inc. was awarded CSR Company of the Yeai; while San Carlos Solar Energy Inc. was named Green Company of the Year Generika Drugstore was named Most Innovative Company of the Year; Fluor Daniel Inc.­Philippines the Quality Company of the Year.

The awards were presented by SIS Global, Smart Communications, SHORE Solutions, Security Bank, PLDT Alpha Enterprise, Philippine Airlines, Oracle, NEC, Meralco, KPMG, Jones Lang LaSalle, First Carbon Solutions and Capital One.