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Elections and Sendong

December 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Elections and Sendong

by: Harvey S. Keh

The Manila Times

Our newest batch of Kaya Natin! Champions of Good Governance and Ethical Leadership

The Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership (KN), a national movement initially convened by the Ateneo de Manila University-School of Government in 2008 recently welcomed five new Champions of Good Governance into its fold. The movement counts Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, former Pampanga Gov. Among Ed Panlilio and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Government Service, Grace Padaca as among its founders. Aside from them, other Champions of Good Governance currently include Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, Quezon City 3rd district Rep. Bolet Banal, Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, Jr., AKBAYAN Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, Alicia, Isabela Mayor Jeng Reyes and former San Isidro, Nueva Ecija Mayor Sonia Lorenzo, who is also the current Executive Director of the Union of Local Authorities ofthe Philippines (ULAP). There are currently 27 KN Champions who come from different areas all over the Philippines.

New champions of good governance

The newly inducted Champions of Good Governance include current Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte-Alimurung of Quezon City, Rep. Erin Tañada of Quezon, Councilor Aura Landar of Passi City, Ilo-Ilo, Councilor April Dayap of Davao City and Brgy. Captain Caesar Marquez of Brgy. Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Belmonte-Alimurung was cited for her accomplishments in the promotion of local tourism and the effective implementation of livelihood programs for women from depressed communities in Quezon City. Tanada was cited for his continued fight for transparency and public accountability by being one of the main proponents of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. Landar and Dayap were both cited for their programs that help promote access to quality basic education among the youth in their communities. As the first barangay captain to be inducted as a KN Champion, Marquez was cited for transforming his barangay into one of the most child-friendly barangays in Metro Manila. All KN Champions were selected based on their proven ability to practice effective, ethical and empowering leadership.

Padaca visits University of Cebu

These new batch of KN Champions will now take part in the movement’s Caravan of Good Governance that aims to share inspiring their inspiring leadership stories to colleges and universities all over the country. Recently, Padaca through the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty and Freedom visited the University of Cebu where she encouraged student leaders of the school to become active agents in promoting transparency and public accountability among their local government officials. At the same time, Padaca reminded them of the enormous power the youth can have especially in electing better government leaders for our country.

Elections and Sendong

The massive destruction and loss of lives that typhoon Sendong has left in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan serves again as a grim reminder that we should never take our environment for granted. Many environment experts have already predicted that if illegal logging and deforestation activities continue all throughout our country, we will experience more tragedies such as this. It is very important for our government officials led by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Ramon Paje to immediately penalize and punish private businessmen as well as government officials that have perpetuated these acts. Unless we see people behind bars, we will see more these brazen acts of destroying our environment for one’s self interest.

As ordinary citizens especially those that have witnessed and experienced the effects illegal logging and illegal mining activities in their communities, this should also serve as a lesson to take our elections more seriously so that we will be able to elect better government leaders who will protect the environment and promote the common good. We should also take part in activities, institutions and organizations that promote voters education and will ensure clean, fair and honest elections so that we can finally have government leaders who will not use their power and position to enrich themselves and their families.

Start the New Year right with Success Source

What better way to start and kick off the New Year than with a series of inspiring talks filled with important lessons of success from notable young leaders of our country. The Asia Society Philippines will be holding Success Source: New Ways to Succeed series, a series of talks for students and young professionals that aims to shed light on the different aspects of success through the young and successful Filipino leaders of today’s generation. It aims to inspire participants to come up with their own innovative ways to success. With the fast paced development and progress of today’s global community, there are always new ways to discover to succeed. Starting January 2012, we will be having 3 separate sessions focusing on the different aspects of success specifically business and finance, education and travel.

Those who would like to register and take part in these interesting talks should contact Migel Estoque at (02) 752-4374 or you can send an email to


Founding President of Starbucks International Howard Behar visits Manila this coming February 2012

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment


Man who brought Starbucks outside the US and into the whole world will visit Manila

From a single store in Seattle to thousands of stores across the globe (with 190 here in the Philippines), Starbucks can be considered as one of the most successful franchise companies and business stories that we all know of.

Aside from starting the “coffee shop” craze here in the country, their expansion outside of North America has proven to be very helpful and effective to the business and it has also set the model for other companies in the coffee business as well.

Now, just as with other companies, we all know that their success did not happen overnight. But a lot of people can attest to the fact that there is something different in Starbucks that has caused its continuous growth not just in the US or in the Philippines but in the whole world.

And so the question remains: What continues to make Starbucks the go-to place today? Is it the coffee?

Howard Behar, former President of Starbucks International, says otherwise. In his book entitled “It’s Not About the Coffee”, Mr. Behar enumerates several principles that he has learned and implemented throughout his career and life at Starbucks.

With experience of over 50 years in consumer oriented businesses and industries, Mr. Behar is a testament to the ideals that he advocates. His growth as a professional from working various industries and environments is reflected in the milestones that he’s had with Starbucks. From only 28 stores, founding Starbucks International has led its expansion to over 15,000 stores in five continents. He has also helped establish the Starbucks culture and bring the Starbucks experience to consumers beyond national borders.

Through his book and several speaking engagements, Mr. Behar is known for his insights on organizational and personal leadership. After 21 years of service to Starbucks, he now serves on several profit and nonprofit boards including the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership,  Sterling Savings Bank and Anthos Capital to name a few.

On February 8, 2012, he will be coming to the Philippines to help develop and educate future leaders through a talk organized by the Asia Society Philippine Foundation, Inc. and Starbucks. The talk will be from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the AIM Conference Center, Legazpi Village, Makati City. His books are also available at any Powerbooks stores. 10% discount will be given to those who buy the books at the venue and a book signing will also be arranged after the talk.

Asia Society Philippine Foundation, Inc., an organization that promotes and strengthens understanding between and among people, institutions and leaders of Asia and the US, invites everyone to listen and learn from Mr. Howard Behar, founding President of Starbucks International. This is a great opportunity that you wouldn’t want to miss!

For inquiries, please call 752-4374 or e-mail

Asia in my Pocket 2012

December 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Asia Society invites you to be a Global Leader


The recent participation of the Philippines in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Hawaii last November and the state visits that we’ve had from neighboring countries are all positive indicators of the growing relationship that we have with our Asian neighbors. Now that most countries in Asia are being recognized as growing economies and rising superpowers in our developing world, we should realize the need to maintain if not improve these good relationships. What better way to do that than to understand their history, culture, values and personally meet people from these countries.


The Asia Society Philippine Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with participating Asian Embassies and Consulates in Manila is inviting everyone to join ASIA IN MY POCKET, a training program that develops students and professionals into global leaders by providing them with a good understanding of the history, culture and business environment of Asian countries.


Highlighting CHINA, KOREA, SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, JAPAN and INDIA, each session will give an in-depth discussion on the culture, investment opportunities and business and social etiquette in these countries.


The objective of the program is to equip its participants with the multi-cultural knowledge and perspective that is integral when interacting and transacting with different countries and nationals in Asia. These three-hour sessions will also give them the chance to dine with Ambassadors and Diplomats of the featured countries.


With this, we are inviting everyone to discover, learn and taste Asia by joining Asia Society’s ASIA IN MY POCKET program. Given the direction of growth in Asia, now is the time to invest in your future.


To register and for more information, please call 7524374 or e-mail Register before December 15, 2011 and get a 10% discount!


Make a Million, Make a Difference!

November 17, 2011 Leave a comment

We would like to invite you and your organization to participate in the Success Source: New Ways to Succeed series, a 3-session program that aims to shed light on the young and successful Filipino leaders of this generation and how they were able to achieve such status. With the ever-globalizing world we have today, there are always new means one can apply to become successful.

This series creates an interactive avenue where Filipino leaders can share their insights and stories as well as inspire other Filipino professionals and students to think innovatively and forge their own paths to success.

For any inquiries, please feel free to call us at 752.43.74 or at

Asia Society selects top young Filipino leaders

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Asia Society selects top young PHL leaders

by: Harvey S. Keh

The Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The Asia Society, the New York-based institution that promotes international understanding between leaders of Asia and the United States of America, recently released this year’s batch of young Filipino leaders who will represent our country at the upcoming Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in New Delhi, India.

The Asia 21 Young Leaders initiative aims to gather top young leaders aged between 25-40 years old from all across the Asia-Pacific region to provide them with an opportunity to establish a working relationship with one another, early in their careers.

Past Asia 21-Philippines’ fellows include Atty. Arnel Casanova of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), former Cavite Rep. Gilbert Remulla, Mark Ruiz of Hapinoy, Natalie “Ching” Jorge of Bato Balani Foundation, Lt. Col. Dennis Eclarin of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and travel blogger Ivan Henares.

This year, the Asia Society center in Manila received over 100 nominations and nine accomplished leaders were selected.

The main criterion is leadership experience, impact of leadership and track record in public service. Here are some information about the nine fellows who will represent our country this year:

1.) ATTY. PAULINO LEACHON (GOVERNMENT). He is a former taxi driver who is now serving his second term as Mayor of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. Under him, the city was awarded by the Asian Institute of Management as one of the most competitive cities in the Philippines and by the Department of the Interior and Local Government as the top performing local government unit in the province of Oriental Mindoro. His main advocacies include the promotion of livelihood opportunities, support services for persons with disabilities and the provision of quality healthcare for his constituents.

Atty. Lesley Cordero

2.) ATTY. LESLEY CORDERO (GOVERNMENT). Currently the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the Presidential Communications Operations Office, she also served as one of the most active and dynamic commissioners at the National Youth Commission (NYC). She was also a project management consultant for USAID and the supervising legislative staff officer of Senator Francis Pangilinan.

3.) MARIA DORIS DUMLAO (MEDIA). She is a multi-awarded business reporter from the Philippine Daily Inquirer and previously, for the Business Daily, Inc. She was also an adviser to the Southeast Asian Council in the World Economic Forum and a member of the Economist Journalist Association of the Philippines and Pi Sigma Delta Sorority Alumnae Association.

Jeffrey Tarayao

4.) JEFFREY TARAYAO (BUSINESS). He is currently the chief corporate social responsibility (CSR) officer of Meralco. Previously, he worked for Globe Telecom as head of their CSR program. His programs include Sagot Ka Ni Kap! which provided training for barangay officials on conflict resolution, and the Text2Teach Program which enabled public school teachers from rural communities to access educational videos that they can use for their classes.

5.) ALVIN CLOYD DAKIS (HEALTH). He is the founding chairman/president of the Alliance of Young Leaders and Advocates International. A known health advocate, he is also involved in promoting the rights of Filipino nurses and in ensuring the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.

Michael Sandejas

6.) MICHAEL SANDEJAS (CULTURE AND THE ARTS). He is an award winning filmmaker and professor, whose works include Dinig Sana Kita, Tulad ng Dati and Wat floor Ma’am for which he received awards such as the the Cinemalaya Audience Award, Cinemanila International Film Festival Selection, Gawad Tanglaw Presidential Jury Award for Film Excellence and National Council for Children’s Television Award in 2009, and was included in the San Diego Asian Film Festival and Third Eye Asian Film Festival in India last 2010. He teaches Advanced Digital Filmmaking at De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde and Audiovisual Production at St. Scholastica’s College, Manila.

Solvie Nubla-Lee

7.) SOLVIE NUBLA-LEE (NON-PROFIT). She is one of the founders and currently the executive director of Pathways to

Higher Education-Philippines, an organization that helps academically-gifted but financially-disadvantaged public high school students get into college and finish their education. To date, Pathways has helped more than 100 students finish college and are currently helping more than 500 students.

8.) ANNALIE EDDAY (NON-PROFIT). She works as a program manager for Synergeia Foundation, a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to improve basic education in the country. At present, she oversees the implementation in Saranggani province of the program she started in 2008 named Quality Education in Sarangani Today (QUEST). She is also the founding chairperson of Lumad SOCSARGEN which is an initiative catering to the needs of indigenous people.

9.) JOY ANYA LIM (SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP). She is the general manager of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, a Cebu-based organization that promotes cultural preservation of the Philippines’ weaving industry. She is also involved with Rags2Riches.

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PNoy at Pinoy: A year after

July 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Malaysian Astronaut visits Manila

July 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The Asia Society Philippines recently worked with the Malaysian Embassy to bring Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, the first Malaysian Astronaut to Manila. He visited and gave talks at Far Eastern University, Ateneo de Manila University and the Quezon City Interactive Center. Photos courtesy of the Asia Society’s Tomas Cruz.

With his excellency, Dato Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad, Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines and Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, the first Malaysian Astronaut

Giving a talk at Far Eastern University, Manila

Meeting public elementary school students at the Quezon City Interactive Center

Picture with the Asia Society Philippines staff and interns