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Young Leaders Who Continue to Create a Better World

This global health crisis made us more human and made us all realize that while our bodies have their limits the possibilities of our minds are endless. This time we see new leaders. Not only are they determined, fierce, and aggressive but also with a heart and passion. Take for example the initiator of the community pantry in Magingawa street in Quezon City and now emulated by hundreds of young leaders around the nation.

Also nominated at Asia Leaders Awards 2021, these 4 young leaders and innovators from different industries are likewise breaking barriers today. The Asia Leaders Awards seeks to acknowledge honorable men and women who promote the Philippines as the premier business hub in Asia and beyond and who show leadership and public service.

Harvey Ong, Chief Operating Officer Alfamart Trading Philippines

Alfamart opened its first store in the Philippines in 2014 with only 200 stores. It’s a joint venture between Alfamart Indonesia and SM Retail. Harvey as the COO now handles more than 1000 branches nationwide with annual revenue of USD 350M. It’s the fastest-growing retail chain in the Philippines. In addition, Alfamart offers services such as bills payment centers or ATMs in select Alfamart stores, allowing them to become a one-stop shop for customers.

Avin Ong, Chairman, Founder, and Chief Executive Officer Macao Imperial Tea

Avin is a 29 years old CEO of Fredley Group of Companies with more than 1000 branches of Macao Imperial Tea and other brands such as Nabe Japanese Izakaya and Hot Pot, Mitasu Yakiniku, New York Fries & Dips and Liang Crispy Rolls. Today, the company’s social responsibility initiatives are fiercely important. Filipinos with disabilities are employed by the company and the Employee Rewards Program subsidizes expenses and tuition fees for employees’ children.

Sam Verzosa, Chief Executive Officer, Frontrow Enterprise

During this pandemic alone, Frontrow Enterprise has donated more than Php 100M to help the Frontliners and indigents not to mention the opening of E Eskwela with computer units to be used by the marginalized in a different neighborhood in the country through Frontrow Cares. An award-winning entrepreneur with 1.2M distributors globally. Sam continues to help out in spite of challenges brought by this global health crisis.

Renan Ponce Morales, Managing Director, 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 senior citizens who are neglected. 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 groups such as Basketball and Volleyball Tournaments, Persons with Disability Paraplegic Athletes, and the Philippine Memory Sports.

Indeed, these young leaders show exemplary creativity, innovation, and will to succeed not just in the business arena but also in helping out the indigents, worthy of emulation.

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