Highlighting Business Excellence in an Emerging Asia
With the upcoming ASEAN Integrated Economic Community and the
rising importance of Asian economies, it is more important than
ever that business leaders in the Philippines are of sufficient
caliber to compete on a global scale. The Asia CEO Awards aim to
both honor these leaders and to inspire others to rise to their
The Asia CEO Awards, presented by PLDT ALPHA Enterprise,
represents an alliance of Filipino and international business
executives, created to promote the Philippines on the world stage.
This is why PLDT ALPHA Enterprise, which is dedicated to furthering
the interests of the Philippines' top corporations, partnered with
the Asia CEO Awards.
This year's event, whose theme was "Emerging Asia," saw the
guests ' and finalists conversing under the sparkling chandeliers
of Solaire's grand ballroom foyer, with classical music as a gentle
underscore. Servers slipped smoothly through the crowd, offering
wine, champagne, and various small delicacies.
Later, as guests filed into the grand ballroom, event host Cesca
Litton introduced the distinguished judges. San Miguel Purefoods
Vice President International Oscar Sanez delivered the welcome
remarks, inviting everyone to enjoy their evening while noting
that' the Philippines, considered one of the, fastestgrowing
markets in the world, was preparing to take a more active role in
the international business community and that the awardees and
finalists had all contributed greatly.
The guests then dined on fine cuisine as provided by Solaire's
excellent catering, the night punctuated by live performances from
the Pagibig Fund Chorale and the Ryan Cayabyab Singers.
The awards ceremony began with the prestigious 'Asia CEO
Lifetime Contributor of the Year which honors individuals who have
made a significant positive impact to the economy and towards
Former Asia CEO Awardee for Global Filipino Executive of the
Year and PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, presented the awards
for Henry Sy Sr., Chairman of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and 2014
awardee for the private sector, (accepted on his behalf by his son,
Hans Sy) and for Ramon Jimenez, Jr., Philippine Secretary of
Tourism and awardee for the public sector.
Later, PLDT PVP and Head of PLDT ALPHA Enterprise and SMART
Enterprise Jovy Hernandez, along with PLDT VP and Head of Corporate
Relationship Management Jay Lagdameo, presented the SMART
Enterprise Global Filipino Executive of the Year to Roberto
Juanchito Dispo, President of First Metro Investment
"The Philippines has been experiencing a surge in economic
activity in recent years, and we are poised to see further economic
development if we play our cards right," noted Mr. Hernandez. "In
this, leaders who can think and act on a global scale are essential
for the future of the country and, luckily, we can see that many
of the Philippines' foremost leaders whether in business, the
government, or academia fit this profile. This award highlights
the leadership qualities of the Filipino whether he has achieved
success inside the country, or outside of it, or both."
The evening ended with a generous raffledraw, for a wide
variety of prizes including trips to Hawaii and Palawan,
overnight stays at Solaire, and Apple MacBook Airs, Samsung Tabs,
and iPhone 5S units. Asia CEO Awards President Rebecca Bustamante
led the room in a toast to close the night, saying: "I'd just like
to thank the event presentor, PLDT ALPHA Enterprise, and all our
other sponsors, media partners, finalists, and guests, for your
patronage and support. We trust that you will continue to support
us in pushing for the Philippines as a viable business investment
location and destination. We hope to see you again next year at the
Asia CEO Awards 2015. Mabuhay tayong lahat!"