Thursday, May 20, 2021

Press Conference and the Official Launch of Asia Leaders Awards 2021

Today, May 20, 2021, at the Manila House Private Members Club, The Asia Leaders Awards launch their press conference for the upcoming Asia Leaders Awards 2021 attended with selected awards committee, honourees, media, and some bloggers. This year's theme is Hope and Optimism. Choosing leaders who are shining more in times of pandemic through their Corporate Social Responsibilities to reach out to those even beyond their communities.

Dr. Elton See Tan, Avin Ong, Harvey Ong, Grace Bondad Nicolas, Rick Sobreviñas, Tan Yu III

These are from the business sector and the committee chose some from the public officials who are also doing their job but making a difference. Those who are not afraid to fold their sleeves and help out. 

See the nation's greatest leaders in Business, Public Service, and Academe. Chairman Rick Sobreviñas of the American Association of the Philippines announced the two honourees from the academe; Historian Ambet Ocampo and Ron Mendoza of Ateneo De Manila University. 

“Ron Mendoza is the Head of the School of Government at the Ateneo, MPA from Harvard and PhD in Economics from Fordham University. Before this, he was the Head of the Development Department at AIM, responsible for 40% of all the research publications of all the Professors at AIM, truly exceptional educator.”- Rick Sobreviñas 

The Press Conference is attended by two young leaders of this generation; Avin Ong of Fredley Group of Companies with their famous Macao Imperial Tea and Harvey Ong of Alfamart. 

When asked how did Macao Imperial Tea manage to keep the business strong despite the pandemic:  

“You have to be creative, innovative, adaptable to change.” - Mr. Avin Ong, Fredley Group of Companies

What I loved most about Macao Imperial Tea and their management is their ability to coup up even this pandemic. Since no one is allowed to dine in or minimal capacity, their ability to do other strategies like ordering online, have their discounts coupons, and more so that customers will remain loyal to them. 

Harvey Ong, Chief Operations Officer shared an overwhelming story also. Going to work during the first days of the pandemic, Harvey chanced upon one of their Alfamart employees, walking on the streets, full of sweat. He has been walking for 3 hours already when he saw him. He asked the employee, why not just file a leave for that day, The employee answered: "our team needs me to be there." 

Awards committee in attendance; Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez, Makati Tourism Foundation Secretary-General Tan Yu III, BNI Premier President and Filipino Chinese Chamber of the Philippines Vice President Dr. Elton See Tan, Rick Sobreviñas, and Grace Bondad Nicolas of American Association of the Philippines. 

Major sponsors include:

  • Grab
  • J&T Express
  • Asian Tigers Mobility
  • AsiaPrime Corporation
  • Jollibee Group
  • Eastern Communication
  • Bounty Agro Ventures Inc
  • Alfamart
  • Fredley Group of Companies
  • Frontrow Enterprise

Asia Leaders Awards is the only acknowledgment and recognition-giving body with organizations and embassies as part of the awards committee is the largest business awards event in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Its purpose is to promote the Philippines as a premier business hub in Asia and beyond. The event is considered a must-attend occasion for business and government leaders across the nation and beyond. 

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