These days see a myriad of online shows and webinars on business and leadership as physical and face-to-face activities remain to be regulated by the government due to the pandemic. For this year, Asia Leaders Forums and Awards seek to present the exemplary leaders in the Philippines with a twist — to discuss anything under the sun, their advocacies, and passions. Helpful as they may be, the Asia Leaders Awards veers away from the trite mind-setting presentations on usual business scenarios or discussions on the leader’s companies. Undeniably, we have on our hands a global health crisis and we are in a survival mode.
And so, Asia Leaders Awards presents COCKTAIL HOUR, an avenue where leaders can relax and unwind after a day’s work. The Cocktail Hour features a ‘kwentuhan’ session facilitated by the resident host, award-winning and talented entrepreneur, and comedian Frida Nepomuceno, daughter of master impressionist Willie Nepomuceno. As every success story is not all work and no play, Frida would definitely bring out the best of the leader’s lighter side of success. Cocktail Hour will be launched on May 3, 2021, at Asia Leaders Awards Facebook Page with Renan Ponce Morales, Managing Director of Paragon Group of Companies, Inc.
Renan Ponce Pascual-Morales, or “Bespren” as what his friends and constituents normally call him, is the current President of the National Movement of Young Legislators in Region 3. He founded the Bestfriend ng Bayan Foundation in 2015 which provides assistance to rape victims, out-of-school youths, women caught in sex trafficking and prostitution, People With Disabilities (PWDs), and neglected senior citizens.
Renan is a former professional car racer, an N-1 champion and F3 Formula Drive. After his racing career, he started to focus on different advocacies to help uplift the lives of his countrymen. He became a public servant and a town councilor in Nueva Ecija. Later on, he also got involved in supporting different sports group such as Basketball and Volleyball Tournaments, Persons with Disability Paraplegic Athletes and the Philippine Memory Sports.
The Asia Leaders Awards theme for this year is hope and optimism, represented by the colors of the year yellow and gray. A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting with two independent colors highlighting how different elements come together to support one another.
The announcement of Asia Leaders Awards finalists will be on May 20, 2021, with the presentation of the whole awards committee and Gala night will be on May 11, 2021. You may still cast your nominations here.