Twenty Outstanding Philippines' Entrepreneurs and Organisations Honored at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019

2019-12-09 15:54 719

MANILLA, Philippines, Dec. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty outstanding Philippines' entrepreneurs and organisations were honored at the recently concluded Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019 or APEA, led by Megawide Construction Corporation's Chairman and CEO, Mr. Edgar Saavedra, and Robinsons Land Corporation's President and CEO, Mr. Frederick D. Go.

Group photo of 20 outstanding winners at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards Philippines 2019
Group photo of 20 outstanding winners at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards Philippines 2019

This is the award's 13th year, and the Philippines is the ninth market to organise the awards this year, out of the awards' 14 markets. An initiative by Enterprise Asia, the region leading NGO, APEA is the largest regional recognition programme, with over 3,000 nominations received each year, and less than one tenth of that receiving the awards in all 14 markets.

With the theme of 'Promoting Inclusive Economic Development Through Sustainable Entrepreneurship', over 300 attendees were present at the by-invitation only awards ceremony in the Philippines, comprising of industry leaders and dignitaries including Tan Sri Dr. Fong Chan Onn, chairman of Enterprise Asia; H.E. Mr Gerard Ho, Ambassador of Embassy of the Republic of Singapore, Philippines; H.E. Mr. Vasin Ruangprateepsaeng, Ambassador of Royal Thai Embassy Manila; Mr Dave M. Almarinez, President & CEO of Philippine International Trade Corporation (PITC); Ms. Maria Kristine Josefina G. Balmes, Deputy Executive Director of Philippine Commission on Women (PCW); and Dato' William Ng, president of Enterprise Asia.

In the Philippines, APEA is supported by the Philippine International Trade Corporation (PITC); Philippine Commission on Women (PCW); British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) and Philippine Retailers Association (PRA); Plaza Premium First as the Airport Lounge Partner; and BusinessWorld, Esquire Philippines, and SME Magazine as Official Media Partners.

Over the past thirteen years, over 2,000 of the most senior entrepreneurs in Asia has received the APEA, including Philippines' Henry Sy and Tony Tan, Malaysia's Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay, Tan Sri Azman Hashim and Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow, Indonesia's Chairul Tanjung, Mochtar Riady and Ciputra, Thailand's Kobchai Chirathivat and Rit Thirakomen, Philippines' Henry Sy and Tony Tan, Singapore's Kwek Leng Beng and Sam Goi, and India's Adi Godrej and Rahul Bajaj.

Tan Sri Dr. Fong said, "We are gratified by the continued interest in the programme. We believe this is a reflection of the ongoing success of entrepreneurs and enterprises, as well as our steadfast commitment to upholding the highest standards of our global criteria."

Besides Megawide Construction Corporation's Chairman and CEO, Mr. Edgar Saavedra, and Robinsons Land Corporation's President and CEO, Mr. Frederick D. Go, who both were accorded the Entrepreneur of the Year, other notable winners of the APEA Philippines chapter include Philusa Corporation, Reyes Tacandong & Co, Far Eastern University and Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. who accolade under the Corporate Excellence category.

Dr. Fong added, "We are proud to be the oldest business awards program in Asia and have been privileged to shine the spotlight on some of Philippines exception game changers of tomorrow, whose entrepreneurial spirit in growing successful businesses have made a positive and enduring impact on their community and country. Beyond recognising the efforts of these extraordinary entrepreneurs and management teams behind responsible and dynamic businesses, we hope to encourage them to continue taking their businesses to the next level, and in the process, encourage even greater entrepreneurial activity."


Entrepreneur of the Year 

Edgar Saavedra

Chairman & CEO

Megawide Construction Corporation

Construction Industry

Frederick D. Go

President & CEO

Robinsons Land Corporation 

Property Development Industry

Outstanding Category

Michael H. Deakin

Founder & President

Lifeline 16911 Medical Inc.   

Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry

William T. Ti, Jr.

Principal Architect

WTA Architecture & Design Studio   

Professional & Business Services Industry

Corporate Excellence Category

24/7 Customer Philippines, Inc.

Telecommunications & ICT Industry

ACM Landholdings, Inc

Property Development Industry

Asian Institute of Management

Education & Training Industry

Bloomberry Resorts Corporation

Hospitality, Food Service & Tourism Industry

C & E Publishing, Inc.

Education & Training Industry

Far Eastern University

Education & Training Industry

First Vita Plus Marketing Corp.

Direct Selling Industry

Global Business Power Corporation

Mining & Energy Industry

Mabuhay Filcement Inc.

Manufacturing Industry

MediLink Network, Inc.

Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry

Philusa Corporation

Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry

RDAK Transport & Equipment, Inc.

Transportation & Logistics Industry

Reyes Tacandong & Co.

Professional & Business Services Industry

Robinsons Land Corporation

Property Development Industry

Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc.

Hospitality, Food Service & Tourism Industry

Sunnies Studios

Retail Industry

About Enterprise Asia

Enterprise Asia is a non-governmental organization in pursuit of creating an Asia that is rich in entrepreneurship as an engine towards sustainable and progressive economic and social development within a world of economic equality. Its two pillars of existence are investment in people and responsible entrepreneurship. Enterprise Asia works with governments, NGOs and other organizations to promote competitiveness and entrepreneurial development, in uplifting the economic status of people across Asia and in ensuring a legacy of hope, innovation and courage for the future generation. For further information, visit

About Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards

Launched in 2007, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards is the region's most prestigious awards for outstanding entrepreneurship, continuous innovation and  sustainable leadership. The Award provides a platform for companies and governments to recognize entrepreneurial excellence, hence spurring greater innovation, fair business practices and growth in entrepreneurship. As a regional award, it groups together leading entrepreneurs as a powerful voice for entrepreneurship and serves as a by-invitation only networking powerhouse. The program has grown to encompass 14 countries and markets all over Asia. For further information, visit

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Source: Enterprise Asia