AmCham selects 30 students for Business Orientation Program 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (AmCham), through its corporate social responsibility arm, the American Chamber Foundation, has selected 30 students from across the Philippines to participate in its Business Orientation Program 2012 (BOP 2012) scheduled on April 14 to 21, 2012.

The AmCham BOP 2012 offers the country’s “best of the best” undergraduate students the opportunity to gain new understanding of key global business and economic issues through exclusive company visits and in-depth discussions with senior executives of local multinational companies.

From a total of 121 applications received by the AmCham BOP 2012 Committee, 30 students emerged successful, passing the English proficiency and personality tests as well as the panel interview to qualify for the program. Twenty of the 30 students are from Luzon, with 14 of them representing the NationalCapital Region. Meanwhile, five students qualified from Visayas and five from Mindanao.

Chris Stolk, chairman of the AmCham BOP 2012 Committee, said, “We have selected 30 great minds to participate in the 10th year of the AmCham Business Orientation Program, where they will be exposed to various critical business functions of American multinational companies to further enhance their learning.”

The final list of qualified students from Luzon are: James Nicolas Cruz, Ray Philip Pine, Francine Nicole Supetran and Katrina Elise Tiu from Ateneo De Manila University; Wendelynn Ang of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde; Ricardo Alfonso Miguel Caballero and Hazel Valerie Sy of De La Salle University; Alexi Gedang of Enderun College; Florante Galura of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila; Josemari Lorenzo Valdez of University of Asia & The Pacific; Lei Martheen Dela Cruz, Alfred Francis Gallegos, Ancilla Marie Innocencio and Raymond Nhil Shappit of the University of the Philippines-Diliman; Marymon Severina Florendo and Ludel Maiello Mier of Ateneo de Naga University; Karen Kay Caranza of University of Nueva Caceres; Charisse Aquisay of Saint Louis University; Riza Mae Grace Sevilla of University of Baguio; and Juluis Macaraig of Enverga University.

Meanwhile, Albert Jan Matthew Java of Central Philippine University; Gelianne Kristy Esteron of University of St. La Salle, Bacolod; and Miguel Angelo Naldo, Galileo Gene Robin and Vanessa Bea Hinoguin of Silliman University will represent Visayas.

The AmCham BOP Committee has also chosen the following students from Mindanao: Zillah Joanne Gallardo of Ateneo Davao; Tyrone Stevenson Chua of Ateneo de Zamboanga; Mohammad Hathimin Mahdali and Halim Noor of Mindanao State University; and Karizze Maglacion of Xavier University.

According to Stolk, AmCham is working closely with sponsor companies in finalizing the schedule of the week-long activities for the students. The students’ accommodations, transportation and meals from April 14 to 21 will also be covered by the AmCham, through its partnership with Chevron Philippines, Peregrine, PMFTC, Inc., and with generous sponsorships from Mead Johnson Nutrition Phils., Inc., Belrewmond Trading, Wells Fargo Philippines Solutions, Thomson Reuters, John Clements Consultants, Inc., JP Morgan Chase & Co., SunPower Philippines Manufacturing, Inc., CalEnergy International, CB Richard Ellis Philippines, Inc., Citi, Convergys Philippines Services Corp., Ford Group Philippines, Pointwest Technologies, and TNS Philippines.

The AmCham BOP 2012 coincides with the Chamber’s 110th anniversary celebration, reaffirming its commitment to contribute to and support the economic development of the Philippines and welfare of the Filipino people.


Published in Education and Home Section of the The Philippine Star, April 05, 2012


AYLC 2011 alumni shine in 2012 graduation rites

The Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC) 2011, dubbed as Batch KISLAP (Kabataang may IiSang Layunin pAra sa Pagbabago), is literally glimmering with flying colors as each of them receives several citations, distinctions and recognitions from their respective institutions during their commencement rites this year.

The long list of KISLAP achievers is as follows:

Jose Mari “JM” V. Cabrera

Military Science

Philippine Military Academy


PMA Class 2012 Salutatorian

Vice-Presidential Saber

Air Force Professional Course Plaque


Philippine Air Force Saber


Marjorie “Jurie” A. Samson

Bachelor of Science in Public Safety

Philippine National Police Academy


PNPA Class 2012 Valedictorian

Presidential Kampilan Award


Jay-R “Mhigo” M. Mendoza

Bachelor of Secondary Education – Mathematics Major

University of Rizal System – Morong


Magna Cum Laude

Excellence Award

Distinguished Graduate Award

 Outstanding Student Teacher

Service Award

Reindel Owen E. Salvador

BA Sociology

Mariano Marcos State University


Magna Cum laude

Ridwan “Rid” N. Landasan

AB International Studies

Xavier University


Cum Laude

Scholarship (1 of only 6 worldwide) by the U.S. Department of State

 in the 2012 Global Village for Future Leaders of Business & Industry

at Pennsylvania, USA.

Kenneth Isaiah “Ken” I. Abante

BS Management Engineering

Ateneo de Manila University


Valedictorian (Cum Laude)

Rae Jan Philippe Carbonell
Holy Angel University


Summa Cum Laude

Angelite of the Year

Michael Angelo Abarcar

Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
University of Southern Philippines Foundation


Summa Cum Laude

Jeremias “Jeremy” U. Rivera

Bachelor of Secondary Education – Mathematics Major

University of Rizal System – Morong


Cum Laude

Eljohn C. Yee

BS Health Sciences

Ateneo de Manila University


Summa Cum Laude

John “JC” D. Carlo Baltazar

BS Mechanical Engineering

Technological Institute of the Philippines – Manila


Cum Laude

John Raymond “Mond” C. Ledesma

Bachelor off Secondary Education – Physical Science Major

University of Rizal System – Morong


Cum Laude

Franz Joseph Dizon

Immaculate Conception Major Seminary


Most Outstanding Seminarian of the Year

Katrina Lee

Ateneo de Manila University


 Cum Laude

Stefan Henry P. Rodriguez

AB Eonomics

Ateneo de Manila University


Magna Cum Laude

Economics Program Award

Congratulations batchmates! So proud of you all! Keep shining!

Top PNPA graduate is AYLC 2011 alumna

Inspector Marjorie Samson, the valedictorian of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA)’s batch 2012, is an alumna of Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC) 2011.

Samson’s achievement in the male-dominated world of the PNPA came during the celebration of Women’s Month and she is thankful to the PNPA with director Senior Superintendent Nestor Fajura for making sure that the men and women in the academy were given equal opportunity to do their best and excel.

“Men and women should be partners in community development,” Samson pointed out in an interview with The STAR shortly after taking her oath as a PNPA alumna. “There’s no difference between men and women as long as you have the heart to serve the community.”

Samson is one of the 220 PNPA cadets whom President Aquino called on to remain professional and be known for sacrifices.

“In behalf of my batch, we are willing to adhere to the code of public service. We are ready to serve our family and the community with integrity,” Samson said. “First thing is to live a life that is coherent on value especially in decision-making.”

Samson said President Aquino’s call would serve as a challenge to them “to be part of the solution to the problem and become a hope to the Filipino people and humanity.”

“We take it (the President’s call) as a challenge to face reality. We admit that we are idealistic here inside the academy, outside is the real world but I will be guided by principle and discipline,” Samson said. “We are ready to take constructive criticisms to improve our service.”

Jurie, as she is fondly called, is one of the 14 PNPA graduates joining the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). Of the 220 PNP graduates in 2012, 185 members with ranks of police inspector will be joining the Philippine National Police (PNP) and 21 with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Public service is not new to her, as Samson said before she entered the academy, as she had served as Sangguniang Kabataan chair and barangay councilor.

Samson said her topping the PNPA Sinagtala Class of 2012 is one of the best gifts she could give to her family, especially to her father Antonio, a retired seaman, and mother Florencia, a retired accountant.

She said her family was not surprised by her call about being the class valedictorian since she learned that their mayor and barangay captain, who received an invitation from the PNPA, had made the announcement several days earlier.

That's me (third from left) with Marjorie Samson and Kristine Martinez during the Ayala Young Leaders Congress 2011.

Samson, 25, is the third female cadet who topped the PNPA graduating class since the schooling for the country’s officers became a four-year-course in 2004.

The two others are Roan Marie Dinlo Bascugin of Alfonso, Cavite (Class 2009) and Aleli Buaquen of Baguio City (Class 2011).

The PNPA, located in Camp Castañeda, is an education and training institution for future officers who want to be in the police, fire and jail services.

Samson came from a simple family in Tagaytay City and is the youngest and only daughter among four children.

When asked why she chose BJMP and not the BFP or PNP, Samson said there are a lot of opportunities to help in the jail department.

“When I entered the academy, I initially thought I will be a police officer, but along the way, I learned that jail is considered a community, composed of people, and I think that I can help a lot of people there,” Samson added.


-with reports from Cecille Suerte Felipe (The Philippine Star), March 26, 2012

Salutatorian of PMA Class 2012 is AYLC 2011 alumnus

Cadet 1Cl Jose Mari V. Cabrera from Urgello, Sambag, Cebu City graduated as Salutatorian of the 187-member Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 2012 which is dubbed as Batch BAGWIS (Bagong Kawal Nag-iisang Lakas) during the PMA graduation rites today, March 18, 2012.

Cabrera is an alumnus of the Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC) 2011.

He is 22 years old and received the Vice-Presidential Saber, the Air Force Professional Course Plaque, the JUSMAG Saber and the Philippine Air Force Saber.

JM to his friends at the PMA, but Baby Boy to his parents and three sisters at home, Cabrera plans to join the Air Force. Although after graduation, he will be leaving for the United States for further studies.

Cabrera was a second year accounting student at the University of San Jose-Recoletos when his mother talked him into taking the PMA entrance exam IQ test, just as a practice.

The Top 10 cadets of PMA Class 2011 are as follows:
1. Cadet 1st Class Tom Puertollano, Lipa City
2. Cadet 1Cl Jose Mari V. Cabrera from Urgello, Sambag, Cebu City
3. Cadet 1CL Lucien Jay Gumban Caiman, 22, from Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
4. Cadet 1CL Angeline Osorio Esmeria from Taguig City
5. Cadet 1Cl Jethro Olavidez, Poblacion, Talusan Zamboanga Sibugay Province
6. 1cl Aron Lessler Quilao Regimen, Batangas
7. Cadet 1Cl Dyan Karl Tolledo Cabigas from Caloocan City
8. Cadet 1Cl Fel Balambao Saguin from Zamboanga del Sur
9. Cadet 1CL Rone Jo Ora Manganaan
10. Cadet 1Cl Christopher Cerbo Juan
The class is 187 strong with 168 male and 19 females. 102 will be joining the army, 37 will be joining the Philippine Air Force, while 48 will be joining the Philippine Navy.

The AYLC Central Luzon Cluster

The Ayala Young Leaders Alumni Association- Central Luzon Cluster is one of the clusters of the Ayala Young Leaders Alumni Association (AYLAA). The cluster is composed of five chapters namely Bulacan,Nueva Ecija-Aurora,Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales-Bataan. Its members are the alumni of the Ayala Young Leaders Congress, the Ayala Group of Companies concrete expression of its commitment to nation building.

Giving high regards to the role of the youth in nation building, the Ayala Young Leaders Alliance Central Luzon Cluster firmly believes in promoting servant leadership to young leaders that will make a positive impact to our nations’ development and progress. We envision of forming community of individuals with great sense of pride for the country, moral courage and willing to be catalyst of change for the development of the nation.
Today, the youth is missing something vital that even statistics from national and agency-based surveys cannot possibly recognize. They no longer have the drive. They have gone on with their lives perfectly unaware of their gigantic role in the rise of this nation from the rubble of economic distress, chaotic governance, and poor quality education, deteriorating health priorities and even pressing environmental concerns. With the quality of life going down in a spiral, almost everyday is a struggle for many. Thus, the youth has expended their energy on trying their hardest to survive and the government’s lack of support towards this generation development has created an impasse on the road to nation-building.
But this does not mean that they no longer have the potential. They still remain as symbols of hope. Now more than ever. The Ayala Young Leaders Alumni Association(AYLAA-CL) still stands on the belief that the Filipino youth can bring this country to glory. They are our fountains of talents and skills and a wide future stretches itself before them. We just have to tap these young souls and spark in them the long-lost drive to development and patriotism through leadership and citizenship trainings.
There are so many youth camps, trainings and seminars sponsored by universities, local and non-government units along with major companies but only a few have been enlightened from it. These types of skill development are usually national in scope and are highly selective plus their programs are not specifically designed to rouse the youth’s leadership spirit.
The change of leadership in our country signaled a fresh start on the path to greater heights in the future. The Filipino people, especially the youth, should find the answers to the questions that bother our hearts and minds. It serves as a challenge to interpret and analyze our social, political and economic reality in our quest to unveil the truth.
And to realize this dream, the youth need an opportunity that provides holistic, comprehensive, and multi-stakeholder approach for addressing youth issues and concerns and as a country in general. We need an avenue, which instills the servant leadership framework as a way of paying it forward to their communities.

Ayala Young Leaders Alliance – Central Luzon Cluster Officers

Joseph G. Navarro (2007)
Cluster Head

Chapter Heads

Darren J. Gonzales (2010)
Nueva Ecija – Aurora

Danilo Rogayan Jr. (2011)
Zambales – Bataan

Mark Lodrigito (2010)

Ines Antonio (2008)

Joe-jit Velasquez (2008)

Mildred F. Ople (2005)
Cluster Adviser