Finalists for the Asia CEO Awards 2016 Revealed

(Manila, September 23, 2016) – Asia CEO Awards has released its list of finalists in four individual-level and 10 organization-level business categories. 

The 2016 business awards competition will culminate in a gala on 18 October 2016 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Pasay City with the announcement of the 14 category winners.

The event will also honor “Pioneer and Innovator in the Semiconductor Industry" Dado Banatao and former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario as Lifetime Contributors for the private and public sectors, respectively.

The call for nominations early this year garnered the highest number of submissions in the event’s history.  PwC scrutinized the selection process on the list of finalists.

Dr. Bernie Villegas, Darlene Berberabe, Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Don Felbaum, Arch. Jun Palafox, Oscar Sanez, and Richard Mills serve as this year’s judges.

2016 Asia CEO Awards Finalists

1. Executive Leadership Team of the Year
Acquire BPO
Cognizant Technology Solutions Philippines, Inc.
Concepcion Industrial Corporation
Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI)
LBC Express, Inc.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority


Steve Wolstenholme at Asia CEO Forum

10,000 jobs can be found in a compound at the heart of ASEANA City, another good news isn't it? 

How do they do it? 

Steve Wolsteholme oversees one of the largest integrated hotel-resort developments in the world. Many think Tiger Resort will be the tipping point to establish the nation as one of the world’s premier global tourism destinations.

The iconic landmark facility is considered the nation’s largest and most advanced construction project. The investment required could reach as much as $3B for just the first phase.
Steve Wolstenholme and his team are scrambling to meet construction schedules and, at the same time, are hiring and training 10,000 Filipinos to meet his commitment to be open for business by the end of the year.

Come for this rare opportunity to see and hear the key people who are moving Philippines to a new level of prosperity and capability.

To register to this event, please visit this link http://www.asia-ceo.org/?event=steve-wolstenholme-tiger-resort


Ambassador Jose Cuisia to Speak at the Asia CEO Forum on August 10, 2016

HE’S BACK! After a stellar posting as Philippine Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Jose Cuisia has returned to Philippines.  He will share his recent and past experiences in a special informal setting for Asia CEO Forum on Wednesday, August 10 (7:45am to 9:00am) at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. 

Considered among the most successful leaders of this era, Ambassador Jose Cuisia’s career spans both the private and public sectors. He was long-term CEO of country’s largest insurance group, known widely as Philam Life. He was the 7th Governor of the Central Bank of the Philippines and past CEO of the Philippine Social Security System (SSS) during a tumultuous period in history.

Ambassador Cuisia has served on the boards of Philippines’ most important private sector organizations and academic institutions.
Jose Cuisia was the first Filipino to receive the Joseph Wharton Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wharton Club of Washington, D.C. He is also recipient of the Lifetime Contributor award at Asia CEO Awards 2015.

Join us to hear, connect with, and learn from, one of the most influential and accomplished men currently active in Philippines today.

To register to this event please click this link http://www.asia-ceo.org/?event=ambassador-jose-cuisia


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“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous


Marco Polo Hotel Davao Beyond Expectation

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What could be more satisfying than  having a complete relaxing luxurious business stay at the heart of Davao?

Homey Feeling: The most welcoming feeling when in  Davao.
As  part  of my perks being a business event organizer, I was given the chance to experience a cozy stay at the Marco Polo hotel for the second time around. It was just a so-so feeling until we reached the main entrance of the hotel,  Ms. Dottie and her staff are probably one of the most  awesome people on planet, welcoming us with smiles and hugs then handed each of us an envelopes containing personalized greeting card, welcome letter and key card,  after few minutes of hi and hellos we were told that we can already proceed to our room. All I thought the welcoming feeling has just ended there until I realized that the  moment we left the lobby and reached our designated room is just the beginning of our grandiose stay.

Aha and wow moment
As I opened the door, the first thing that caught my attention are fruit platter, red wine and slices of malagos cheese with welcome card saying welcome to Marco Polo,  Lance. So, to really totally welcome myself with a taste of Davao, I messaged my friend Ms. Carmie De Leon(VP Sales and Marketing of Healthway) from other room confirming if the wine is free then she answered me with sweetest word FREE, mandated by the rule of Love coming from the Sales Director, Ms. Pearl Maclang. Then the beautous afternoon started with fireworks in my head while enjoying every sip of red wine, contemplating, standing close to the window panes, appreciating the beauty and calmness of the nearby island and  the captivating sounds of the distant traffic, oh so tranquil and at peace.

The beauty of the people
On the next day right after our breakfast, I had the chance to talk to Ms. Chel Galang, the very hands on F&B manager, she's one of the awesome hotel personnel I've met, as we exchange thoughts and views, she was able to share  her journey, her life and her passion as hotel lover not as guest but as simple individual working there. Thank you for your time Ms. Galang, til we meet again.

All the hotel staff are great and very pleasing and attentive to our needs all the time.

I am giving my 5 stars rate to Marco Polo Davao, to its people and services. Daghang salamat!

Asia CEO Forum held at Marco Polo Davao

Life is a beautiful journey,  we will meet  a lot of people, it's just up to us if we want to learn from them or not but the most important thing is, cherish all the beautiful things as often and as much as we can and everything will be beautiful as well.


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