ALL eight awardees of the 2013 National Maagap Awards (Outstanding Achievers) are no stranger to accolades, having received other awards in the past in their respective fields and have shown adherence to and respect for time and human rights.
Ambassador Alfredo Macam Yao’s rise from rags to riches is an inspiration. His Zest-O business began out of his inability to sell the “doy pack” technology he bought from Europe to local juice makers. So he started mixing juices in his kitchen. This gave birth to Zest-O juice. The success of Zest-O gave birth to Zest Airways, the carrier he founded and managed to grow by taking on new flight routes.
The 68-year-old former special envoy to China for tourism is considered an inspiring and iconic personality. He founded firms like Semexco Marketing inc., Harman Foods, Amchem Marketing Inc., American Brands Philippines Inc. SMI Development Corp and the Philippine Business Bank. He is also the current chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Dr. Enrico Aurelio L. Torres, a management and financial consultant to several companies, established, designed and proposed several restructuring and work-out agreements for financially-distressed but economically or fundamentally-sound institutions.
This educator is a former member of the Credit Task Force Committee of the Federation of Philippine Industries. Torres is the Executive Director of the board of JCMR Group Pty. Ltd in Australia. He is concurrently chief financial officer of the HRM Group of Companies in the Philippines.
He has had 12 years of solid banking experience with four major commercial banks, including four foreign banks and is a holder of doctorate degree at the UST (summa cum laude).
Southeastern Police Supt. Jose Erwin Villacorte is a Philippine Military Academy graduate who rose from the ranks exemplifying his performance and excellent service. A graduate of two masters degree in business administration and public administration and a bachelor of laws at Jose Rizal College, Villlacorte oversees 3,060 men and women.
Another uniformed man, Daniel S. Santos, a retired colonel of the Philippine National Police, served as military and police officer for 25 years before becoming barangay chairman of Barangay Sun Valley, Paranaque City.
A multi-awarded officer, he also served as a member of the UN Peace Medal of the Philippines to Cambodia. He finished his bachelor of laws and masters in management and attended special courses at England and USA. He was a former assistant manager for 10 years of Japan Airlines. He also was active in church groups.
Paranaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez was a top junior tennis player, a former champion in junior and senior tennis and now president of the Philippine Tennis Association. He was chosen as Most Outstanding Business Executive and is a recipient of Gawad Sikap Award given by the Child Assistant and Rehabilitation Inc. He was also an Anvil awardee.
A licensed real estate broker and a successful businessman before he joined the government service, he later became Vice Governor of Laguna, congressman of the first district of Paranaque and elected as Number 1 board member of Laguna.
Sister Ma. Alma Immacolata S. Mangahas earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education major in religious education at the University of Santo Thomas. She took her doctor of Philosophy in pedagogy in Italy in 1999 and doctor of Philosophy in development education at Aquinas University of Legazpi. On her return to the Philippines in 2000, she was appointed guidance coordinator of the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Panaraque until 2005, and taught at UST and was appointed vice president and chief executive officer of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Hospital and concurrent VP and principal of Immaculate heart of Mary School in Bacon.
Currently, she is the principal of the Immaculate Heart of Mary College in Paranaque and superintendent of SFSC schools in the Philippines. She is active in civic and religious work, being president of the Women Religious of Sorsogon, Provincial Council of Immaculate Heart of Mary Province- Philippines.
Academician Dr. Amado L. Magsino has over 25 years in the academe, having been a dean and professor. Active in professional and civic organization, Magsino is past president of the Philippine Council of Deans and Educators in Business and the Council of deans and educators in Region 4. He is currently the dean of San Sebastian College Recoletos in Canlubang and the president of the Philippine Association of Collegiate Schools of Business.
Dante Ang 2nd, “Klink” to friends and family, has lived in three countries and traveled to over a dozen others in North America, Western Europe and Asia. Ang is active in civic, religious and professional organizations. He was past president of Rotary Club of Makati North and former chairman of PMAP. He worked as reporter, occupied executive positions in different companies in the US and Canada before becoming vice chairman of the Manila Times School of Journalism and Executive Editor of The Manila Times, where he is now president and Chief Executive Officer.