The past several months have changed everything for all of us. We have made several changes to the way we operate in order to best deal with this global health crisis.
Being a leader is about guiding people during these difficult times. Although Covid-19 has an impact on our lives, it should not demotivate but make us more capable leaders.
Surely, this global health crisis made us more human. Our body has its capacity while our mind is limitless. This is the time that we see new leaders, not only that they are determined, fierce and aggressive but also with a heart of gold for giving back to the community who inspired with the initiation of a community pantry in Maginhawa street in Quezon City and now emulated by hundreds of young leaders across the country.
Young people are making their mark as leaders of today and tomorrow. They are also nominated at the Asia Leaders Awards 2021 with the objective to acknowledge honorable men and women who promote the Philippines as the premier business hub in Asia and beyond. They set examples not only to his peers, but also try to solve and find the solutions to help the country. Leaders who demonstrate leadership skills, and community involvement. Here are the Young Leaders that are making an impact:
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 Ong 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 or ATM in select Alfamart stores, making them a one-stop shop for customers.
Avin Ong Chairman | Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Macao Imperial Tea
Avin is a 29 year-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 significantly 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
For this Pandemic alone, Frontrow Enterprise donated more than PHP 100M to help the Frontliners and indigent communities not to mention the opening of E-Eskwela with computer units to be used by the marginalized sector in different neighborhood in the country through Frontrow Cares.
An award winning entrepreneur with 1.2M distributors globally. Sam continues to help out and carried out impactful initiatives regardless of the hardships 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 is the founder of Bestfriend ng Bayan Foundation in 2015 which provides assistance to the 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 various advocacies to help uplift the lives of many. He became a public servant and a town councilor in Nueva Ecija. Later on, he took parts in supporting different sports groups such as Basketball and Volleyball Tournaments, Persons with Disability Paraplegic Athletes and the Philippine Memory Sports.
These young leaders have been an inspiration to the young minds of today. Indeed, a great leadership today opens the doors for greater leaders of tomorrow. These inspiring personalities have goals that will re-shape our world for the better.