First ever Health, Sustainability and Good Food Forum in Los Banos: A resounding success

The First in Laguna! 

September 28, 2022– Los Baños, Laguna, the attendees at the much awaited Health, Sustainability and Good Food Forum learned and enjoyed the presentations with two high profile speakers, the  grandsons of the Philippines former presidents Jose P. Laurel and Ramon Magsaysay.

The ultra-successful nation builders, Paco Magsaysay of Carmen’s Best Ice Cream and Robert Laurel Yupangco of Yupangco Group of Companies for the first time attended and shared the same stage as speakers to different chamber of commerce members, business owners and non-government organizations.

Robert Laurel Yupangco, Joey Garcia and Paco Magsaysay

Other speakers include the COO of Rairaken Group of Companies, the young and dynamic Joey Garcia with Puratos and San Miguel Mills.

Robert, Paco and Joey shared the history of their companies, on how they started and also how they bounced back. 

Grace Bondad Nicolas, the moderator, only asked two questions; How they all bounced back and what best practices they can share.


MerNel's Founder Mrs. Merle Balicao  with Paco Magsaysay and Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas

The event was organized by Mernels headed by Merle Balicao who did the closing remarks and Tag Media Group co-founder Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas who moderated the panel discussion in collaboration with Los Baños Chamber of Commerce and Industry headed by Rommel Caranto who did the welcome address. The Master of Ceremony was Ronald Calibo, Marketing of Mernels and part of Los Baños Chamber of Commerce.

"It’s all about collaboration and innovation." - Joey Garcia


“It’s about authenticity.”- Paco Magsaysay


“Only Filipinos can love Filipinos.”- Robert Laurel Yupangco


Objective of the event is to highlight the food sustainability, challenges and successes of these leaders to be emulated. And also to get more information about the speakers, their strategies and their journey to success.

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