JUST IN: Asia Leaders Awards 2023 presented 20 chosen Leaders in Asia at the historic Manila Hotel


November 20, 2023: Asia's foremost figures and industry leaders convened at the iconic Manila Hotel for the highly anticipated Asia Leaders Awards. This annual event, considered the pinnacle of the country's recognition platform, brought together luminaries to celebrate the outstanding achievements of visionary leaders.

Out of a pool of thousands of nominees, a select group of 20 leaders were meticulously chosen by the board, marking a testament to their exceptional contributions to their respective fields.

Notable personalities present included H.E Dato Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino bin Anthony, Ambassador of Malaysia; Robert Laurel Yupangco, President of Yupangco Group; Tan Yu III, President of Makati Tourism; and Dr. Elton See Tan, President of E-Hotels and Resorts.

Among the esteemed guests were Shareholders and Rising Tigers Magazine affiliates, including Tag Media Group President Grace Bondad Nicolas, CEO Andrew Troy Nicolas, VP Andria Terese Nicolas, and Rising Tigers Co-owner Sarah Mateo

VIP guests further added to the event's prestige, with the presence of COMELEC Chairman George Erwin Garcia, President Atty. Agnes Devanadera of Clark Development Corporation, and dignitaries from the US Embassy and Romanian Embassy. 

The event's keynote speaker, Brilliant Skin CEO Glenda Dela Cruz Victorio, a previous Asia Leaders Awardee, shared her inspirational journey. Emphasizing the significance of consistency, self-belief, and a genuine love for people, she remarked, “Taos puso akong nagpapasalamat sa lahat. Wala Po ako dito ngayon kundi dahil sa mga naniwala saakin, at pinakamahalaga ang paniniwala sa sarili. Makakamtan lang natin ang ating mga pangarap kapag may consistency at pagmamahal sa inyong kapwa.”

Glenda Dela Cruz Victorio, Brilliant Skin CEO


Vice President of Tag Media Group, Andria Terese Nicolas, articulated the event's purpose, stating, “In Tag Media Group, Genuine connection is our North Star; we forge greatness to lead our countrymen in the right direction. Business and leadership are about opportunities and the freedom we have as individuals. It is our responsibility to extend it to others. At Asia Leaders Awards, we want our leaders to realize that people look at one's actions more than listening to their words.“


Andria Terese Nicolas, Vice President of TAG MEDIA Group


The Man of the Year and Rising Tigers Magazine current cover, COMELEC Chairman George Erwin Mojica Garcia, expressed gratitude for the trust of the Filipinos and acknowledged the collective effort of his team, stating, "Walang leader sa isang pamahalaan kung wala ang kanilang tauhan. . Sa Commission on Elections, ako ay instrumento lamang."


Comelec Chairman George Erwin Mojica Garcia

"The COMELEC being the Virgil of our democracy will always be there to protect the will of the people, in the mandate of the people. Democracy is aligned because the people believe in the Commission on Election, who likewise believes in the people of the commission on Election." he concluded.


The highlight of the evening was the recognition of the 20 Asia Leaders Awardees across various categories:


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


Prominent figures from across the nation graced the event, further elevating its stature. Notable attendees included Paolo Laurel, Keena Laurel, PCSO General Manager Mel Robles, Atty. Carmela Lumagui, David Ackerman, Christopher Quimbo, and Elizabeth Timbol.


Asia Leaders Awards is under one of the largest media conglomerates in the Philippines, Tag Media Group, with multiple media partners and over 2000 writers. The company gained widespread recognition with the launch of Rising Tigers Magazine, now the most widely distributed business and lifestyle magazine in the Philippines.


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