The finalists and winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2011

The search for the Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2011 culminated with an awards banquet last 12 October at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-la Hotel. The highly anticipated evening was welcomed by SGV & Co. Chairman and Managing partner, Vic Noel with a toast to the entrepreneurs. Following dinner was a performance by Asia’s premiere vocal harmony act, The CompanY. Opening the Awarding ceremonies was Chairman and President of Planters Development Bank and Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2009 Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting.

This year’s finalists include (top row, from left): Erramon I. Aboitiz of Aboitiz Power Corp., Francisco “Jay” M. Bernanardo III of Let’s Go Foundation, Francis Glenn L. Yu of SEAOIL Philippines, Inc., Ronnel C. Rivera of Gensan Shipyard and Machine Works, Inc., Winston S. Uy of Universal Leaf Philippines Inc., Raul Anthony D. Concepcion of Concepcion Durables, Inc., Bernard Faustino M. Dy of University of Perpetual Help System, Prudencio S. Garcia of Mekeni Food Corporation, (second row, from left) Jaime Enrique Y. Gonzalez of IPVG, Corp., Reynaldo T. Paulino of Kraftika Filipina, Anna Meloto-Wilk and Camille D. Meloto of Gandang Kalikasan, Inc., Ferdinand Y. Marañon of Sagrex Corporation, Bienvenido V. Tantoco III of Rustan Supercenters, Inc. (front row, from left) Geneveive Ledesma-Tan of Southville International School and Colleges, Pacita U. Juan of Earth Life Store Supply, Inc. and Ma. Fe P. Agudo of Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc.

Six among the 17 finalists were named category winners by the Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2011 judging panel. These are Small Business Entrepreneur 2011 Reynaldo T. Paulino of Kraftika Filipina, Social Entrepreneur 2011 Anna Meloto-Wilk and Camille D. Meloto of Gandang Kalikasan, Inc., Woman Entrepreneur 2011 Maria Fe P. Agudo of Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., Innovation Entrepreneur 2011 Bienvenido V. Tantoco III of Rustan Supercenters, Inc., Emerging Entrepreneur 2011 Ferdinand Y. Marañon of Sagrex Corporation and Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines and Master Entrepreneur 2011 Erramon I. Aboitiz of AboitizPower Corp.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year was founded in the United States by professional services firm Ernst & Young in 1986 to recognize the achievements of the most successful and innovative entrepreneurs worldwide. In 2001, Ernst & Young expanded the program and launched the World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards. In the Philippines, the SGV Foundation, Inc. established the Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2003. Supporting the program as co-presenters are, De La Salle University, Department of Trade and Industry, Development Bank of the Philippines, Philippine Business for Social Progress, Philippine Stock Exchange, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

Program sponsor is SAP Philippines. Official airline is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, operating on behalf of the Air France-KLM Group in the Philippines. Media sponsors are BusinessWorld and the ABS-CBN News Channel. Banquet sponsors are Alaska Milk Corporation, Bounty Fresh Food Inc., CDO Foodsphere, Fiori Di M Food and Floralscapes, Generika Drugstore, JG Summit Holdings, Inc., National Bookstore, Planters Development Bank, and Victorinox Travel Gear.

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