American Association of the Philippines “Men and Women Who Matter”


One organization, foreign as it may sound, is undoubtedly more Filipino by its heart and actions. Established primarily before for the welfare of Americans and Filipino Americans in the country, they proved to the world that they could do and give more.


Established in 1949,  it was founded on the concept of community interest, welfare and responsibility, the American Association of the Philippines (AAP).  It is composed of Americans, Filipino Americans, Filipinos and other nationalities  binded together by their common objective, establishing a whole host of beneficiary programs aimed not only to help the Americans and the Amerasians in the Philippines, but the Filipino people as well.

They do community missions focusing on the education and general welfare of those in deep need. They initiate cultural activities, fund-raising dinners, and social gatherings to further their objectives of helping out.

AAP also give out recognitions to other organizations and individuals showing excellence on what they do and at the same time not forgetting to share blessings to other people through whatever means.

This year, AAP just recently held a recognition event entitled “ Men & Women who matter.” Giving citations and awards like this is a noble way of promoting excellence in leadership and inspiring like-minded capable leaders to do more than what they can in extending help to others not only this time of pandemic but as always.

AAP's "Men and Women who matter"
In Photo L-R: AAP President Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas, BAVI's Mr. Ronald Mascarinas, AAP Chairman Emeritus Mr. Rick Sobrevinas, AstraZeneca's Ms. Lotis Ramin, Ghie Pangilinan of Skin Magical, Sam Verzosa - Frontrow CEO, Leo Ortiz of Rosing Dragon Beauty & Wellness, and AAP's Hall of Famer Mr. RS Francisco, President of FrontRow Enterprise

It is indeed an honor for individuals in the Business to be part of their “Men and Women who matter.”  Joining the roster of awardees for this year were:

v Woman of the Year – Pharmaceutical: Ms. Lotis Ramin, Country President, AstraZeneca Philippines, Inc.

v Woman of the Year – Health & Wellness: Ms. Ghie Pangilinan, Co-founder and CEO of Skin Magical

v Man of the Year, Agri-Business: Mr. Ronald Daniel Mascarinas, President, Bounty Agro Ventures

v Man of the Year – Humanitarian: Mr. Sam Verzosa Jr., CEO, Frontrow Enterprise

v Man of the Year – Hall of Fame Excellence: Mr. RS Francisco, President, Frontrow Enterprise

v CSR Company of the Year:  FrontRow Cares

v Young CEO of the year:  Mr. Leo Ortiz, Founder and CEO, Rising Dragon Beauty and Wellness Corporation

FrontRow Dynamic Duo RS Francisco and Sam Verzosa with Ghie Pangilinan

Ms. Lotis Ramin and Mr. Ronald Mascarinas

Ghie Pangilinan with Mr. Leo Ortiz

The American Association of the Philippines is now headed by its first ever woman President since its inception 73 years ago, Engineer Grace Bondad Nicolas. Engr. Nicolas is perfect leading AAP this year because she embodies the mission and vision of the organization. Concurrently, she is also the Vice president of the Makati Tourism Foundation and the Lieutenant Governor-Elect of Kiwanis Club, Division 3A, for 2022-2023, two organizations who also share AAP’s objective of  helping other people in need.

Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas, President of AAP

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