Comelec Chairman George Erwin M. Garcia, Named Man of the Year at Asia Leaders Awards

In acknowledgment of his significant impact on elections, George Erwin M. Garcia, the 23rd Chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), has been recognized as the Man of the Year at the prestigious Asia Leaders Awards. Garcia, a seasoned election law practitioner, emerges as a true nation-builder, embodying the qualities of a dedicated and professional public servant.


There is no question that this lawyer is a brilliant election law practitioner with high level clients under his wings. His level of professionalism and dedication to his field of practice is unlike any other. When Atty. Garcia makes legal strategies, he maps out his plan from start to finish even before the beginning of a case.

 George Erwin M. Garcia is a veteran election law practitioner. He is the 23rd Chairman of the Comelec. He had a short yet productive stint as Commissioner before his present appointment. In his role as Comelec Chairman, Garcia has consistently pursued fair, honest, orderly, and credible elections.

Prior to joining Comelec, he was the principal and founder of G.E. Garcia Law Office. As a private practitioner, Chairman Garcia was widely known for his superior legal mind that enriched jurisprudence of various landmark cases. He served as Dean of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila's College of Law and Law Center. Garcia also served as the Dean of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila's College of Law and Law Center, accumulating three decades of academic experience. His commitment to legal education extended beyond the classroom, as he contributed as an MCLE lecturer and a resource person in election law.

He rendered pro bono services to UNTV for 10 years as anchor in its segment "Huntahang Ligal" to fulfill his mission of promoting social awareness, legal literacy, and access to justice to all.


All his actions are, indeed, "Para sa Bayan."

For his unparalleled dedication to public service, Chairman Garcia was not only recognized as the Man of the Year but also received recognition as one of the Top 50 emerging leaders in the Philippines.


Here are the categories and honorees at the 6th Asia Leaders Awards.


Men of the Year

1. BIR Commissioner: Romeo Lumagui Jr

2. Comelec Chair: George Erwin M. Garcia

3. DFA: Dr. Jesus “Gary” Domingo

4. LGU: Gov. Hermilando Ingco Mandanas


Company of the Year

5. Franchising: Shawarma Shack

6. Human Capital: Viventis Asia

7. Global: 24/7 AI

8. Tech: realme

9. Global IT: Atos Philippines


Woman of the Year

10. President Atty. Agnes Devanadera - Clark Development Corporation 


Young Leader of the Year

11. Mary Elaine Timbol of Sakahon

12. Vice Mayor Ronin Leviste of Lian, Batangas


Influencer of the year

13. Caesar Vallejos - Media

14. Puey Quiñones- Fashion Design


Woman of Substance

15. Rayla Allertsen: IamSam

16. Merle Mendoza Balicao: Mernels

17. Alodia Gosiengfiao Quimbo

18. Mharicar Castillo-Reyes: Asticom

19. Chi Atienza Valdepeñas


Fastest Growing SME of the Year

20. Asian Consulting Group- Mon Abrea


The event, held at The Manila Hotel, featured a power-packed celebration attended by the families and colleagues of the honorees. The program commenced with the welcome remarks of The Manila Hotel President Atty. Jose David Lina, followed by a keynote from Glenda Dela Cruz, one of the youngest entrepreneurs in skincare.


Andria Terese Nicolas, Vice President of Tag Media Group, emphasized that the awardees are the nation-builders of today and the next generation. His Excellency Malaysia Ambassador Dato Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino, a board adviser to the organization, also inspired the audience with his keynote.


The event was attended also by US Embassy; Bret and Marisol Campbell, Embassy of Romania William Anton Korbl, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office General Manager Mel Robles, Atty. Carmela Lumagui, Dr. Elton See Tan of The E Hotels and Philippine Korea Economic Council, Makati Tourism Foundation Inc. Tanyu III, Choy Bernardo of Jcuppacakes, Robert Laurel Yupangco of Yupangco Group, Andrew and Grace Nicolas of Tag Media Group, Darius Razon, Philippine Red Cross Governor Baby Ortiz, Manuel Negado, Ethiopia Consul David Ackerman and Atty. Salvador Panelo among others.


The Asia Leaders Awards aim to exclusively recognize and highlight nominees who stand out among thousands, inspiring the nation by honoring world-class leaders in both private and public sectors.

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