Concentrix Extends Rebrand Launch with Drone Show in Cebu FUNATIX Family Day

Cebu City, Philippines— Global technology and services leader Concentrix (Nasdaq: CNXC) extends the launch of its new brand positioning with a drone show in Cebu. Building on the momentum from a similar event in Manila, Concentrix’s Family Day in Cebu sustains its commitment as an industry leader and being the first customer experience (CX) company to host a drone show in the country. 

Attended by approximately 30,000 Concentrix Cebu game-changers and their loved ones, the show took place in what is considered the country’s biggest employee-focused multi-event series in which the company invests hundreds of millions of pesos each year, the Concentrix Family Day #OneFamNation. Called FUNATIX in Cebu, it was one of 11 location-based events nationwide. Aside from the drone show, FUNATIX featured bands Bamboo, Oh! Caraga and improv theater group SPIT performing for the gigantic crowd. 

“Bringing the drone show to Concentrix Cebu Family Day reflects our commitment to deliver exceptional experiences and personally engage our people where they live and work. Revealing our new logo with this experience is a testament to Concentrix’s human-centered, tech-led approach: blending fresh and modern innovation with entertainment to create an unforgettable moment,” said Amit Jagga, EVP and Country Leader for Concentrix Philippines.

Continuing the annual tradition of FUNATIX, the full-day event was held at SM Seaside. It included activities for the whole family, featured Concentrix game-changer talent showcase and Battle of the Bands, as well as recognition of Concentrix Cebu as inter-BPO Sports Champions. “Our commitment to put our clients and game-changers at the center of everything that we do remains the same, and anchors the ways in which we provide experiences that go beyond ‘WOW’. Our annual Family Day is an ongoing investment to celebrate our people who are the driving force of our business, as well as the loved ones for whom they give their best every day,” Country Leader Amit further remarked.  

Concentrix in the Philippines remains the nation’s largest private employer with over 100,000 game-changers in over 50 sites spread across 20 cities. It has recently been recognized at the Asia CEO Awards 2023 as Grand Winner for Top Employer of the Year. 

From Visayas to Manila: Celebrating Pride with Cebuana Lhuillier’s LGBTQIA+ Employees

Two LGBTQIA+ workers from Cebuana Lhuillier Visayas were granted the exceptional chance to travel from the Visayas to Manila to take part in the much-anticipated Quezon City Pride March. This trip was made possible by their employer as a part of Cebuana Lhuillier’s iBelong internal diversity campaign, which aims to promote a welcoming and inclusive work environment. 

The two employees, Hipolito “Pauline” Gonzales Jr and Oscar Buenavista Jr stood out in an internal contest which was hosted within the company, thereby earning much-deserved all-expense paid trips to Manila. 

Upon coming back to their respective provinces and work, Gonzales and Buenavista reminisce about their Pride March experience and how it feels to be a part of the Cebuana Lhuillier organization. 

A Dream Come True 

For Gonzales, an openly gay branch appraiser of Cebuana Lhuillier Surigao, the chance to join the Pride March in Manila was a dream realized since it covered many first experiences for her, including her first-ever plane ride. 

 “It was my first time, so it was a new and interesting experience for me. It allowed me to give myself permission to be the real authentic me. From riding a plane and going to Manila to attend the pride march 2024, I feel so grateful and honored for the whole experience,” says Gonzales. 

Having worked with the company for 6 years, Gonzales says that she never encountered any discrimination from the organization. Rather, she’s happy to have supportive colleagues who appreciate her hard work. “Never ko naramdaman na pinipigilan kami to express our true selves as long as we are fit to work and that we can do things with PRIDE,” she added. 

Marching with Pride

Buenavista, a proud LGBTQIA+ branch appraiser from Cebuana Lhuillier Claver, echoed Gonzales’ statements. “What made me stay in Cebuana Lhuillier is the non-toxic workplace that allows me to have peace of mind. Here, I feel respected, seen, and valued by my colleagues as well as our clients,” he said. 

In his 5-year stay with Cebuana Lhuillier, Buenavista shares that he has strongly developed strong values like hard work, determination, and patience as these have helped him get to where he is today. For Buenavista, his participation in the Pride March was more than just a personal milestone; it was a statement of visibility and acceptance. “As members of the LGBTQIA+ community, we have to be visible and we should not be ashamed of who we are. Because I believe visibility leads to understanding and understanding leads to acceptance.” 

Embracing a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion

Cebuana Lhuillier has a transformative internal campaign called iBelong that promotes understanding, respect, and diversity across all levels of the organization. For employees like Gonzales and Buenavista, this initiative is a testament to the company’s commitment to fostering an inclusive environment where every employee feels they belong, regardless of their differences, including gender. 

“Diversity and inclusion are personal commitments of mine. At Cebuana Lhuillier, we believe that our strength lies in our diversity. The iBelong campaign demonstrates our dedication to standing with our employees and celebrating their identities, no matter their background or identity. Through this campaign, we have fostered a culture of acceptance within our organization while contributing to the broader societal movement towards equality for all,” says Jean Henri Lhuillier, President and CEO of Cebuana Lhuillier. 

The experiences shared by Gonzales and Buenavista are just some testaments that highlight the positive impact that supportive workplace initiatives can have on individual lives. As Cebuana Lhuillier continues to champion inclusivity through iBelong, it sets a powerful example for other organizations to follow, especially when it comes to embracing diversity in the workplace.

Metrobank is the Most Recommended Retail Bank in the Philippines according to The Asian Banker

Reaffirming meaningful partnerships built with clients for over 60 years: Metrobank is hailed as the Most Recommended Retail Bank in the Philippines by The Asian Banker in the publication’s recently held Global Excellence in Retail Finance Awards.

The recognition was given based on the results of The Asian Banker’s Annual BankQuality™ Consumer Survey, which gathered feedback from over 12,000 customers across Asia in January 2024. The survey measured the participants’ engagement, and satisfaction with retail financial services institutions based on their experience with services, channels and products.

According to The Asian Banker, Metrobank has earned a strong reputation among its clients for its trusted financial services, and hassle-free banking experience. These served as the main drivers for Metrobank’s BankQuality score of 101.48 – the highest among the participating banks in the Philippines, and the 6th among the banks in Asia.

This positive feedback  among the Bank’s clients is supported by a study conducted by NielsenIQ in 2023*, where Metrobank emerged as one of the Top Recommended Banks in the Philippines. About a thousand respondents were asked how likely they would recommend each bank cited in the survey to their peers. According to the results, Metrobank edged out all the other local major banks, and has held this position since 2022.

For Metrobank, these recognitions serve as a strong vote of confidence that the Bank is on the right track in fulfilling its promise to clients as their trusted financial partner in every life stage.

Metrobank constantly aims to provide clients with reliable and relevant banking services to help them achieve their goals – whether the client is an individual growing his savings, an aspiring entrepreneur starting a new business venture, or an established individual looking to manage the growth and distribution of their wealth.

“For decades, fulfilling our promise of keeping Filipinos in good hands has been Metrobank’s north star. Every product and service we have, was developed to address our clients’ needs. We are strongly committed to help Filipinos achieve their dreams, and foster growth in the communities we are a part of,” said Digs Dimagiba, Metrobank’s Chief Marketing Officer.

“This mission is what fuels our drive to deliver an exceptional brand of service, and we are grateful that this is being recognized both by clients across the country, and by global banking experts such as The Asian Banker. Metrobank is the Most Recommended Retail Bank in the Philippines, because each Metrobanker is dedicated to helping our clients, and our communities grow,” he added.

Celebrating partnerships that lead to growth

As Metrobank celebrates meaningful partnerships with clients through these awards, the Bank also reaffirms its commitment to become its clients’ partner in success with the launch of a new film, entitled “Grow with Metrobank.”

The film represents the millions of Filipinos whose journey to growth and success was aided by the Bank, in the past 60 years. These stories are seen through the eyes of mother-and-son bakers Gigi and Andy who are successful Metrobank clients.

There is the character of Mrs. Bueno, a pharmacist, who is celebrating because Metrobank approved her business loan. Then, there is Charlie, who owns a chain of computer repair shops that have been modernized to allow cashless payments. And of course, single delivery van owner Ben, who now owns a new fleet of delivery vehicles, thanks to Metrobank. Finally, Sharon, a Relationship Manager from Metrobank, visits the bakeshop of Gigi and Andy to discuss potential investment opportunities for their family.

By the end of the film, Metrobank underscores its belief that ‘where communities grow, we all grow.’

Watch the film here.

For over 60 years, Metrobank has been keeping Filipinos in good hands. Leading international financial institutions and publications including Asian Banker, Euromoney, and AsiaMoney have recognized the bank over the years for its strength and reliability for customers, businesses, and entire communities.

Discover how Metrobank can cultivate success and growth in a community, making every step of your financial journey meaningful and rewarding. Check out our website at or visit your nearest Metrobank branch to learn more.

*Metrobank’s claim is based on the research conducted by NielsenIQ via a nationwide urban and rural online survey among male and female participants aged 21-65 years old, from ABC households, who are considered decision makers on financial services for self or for the family. This excludes those who go to the bank only to pay bills, and those with purely payroll accounts with no other transaction, but including those who are using their payroll account for paying bills. The survey was conducted on June 1 to July 8, 2022 and October 16 to December 11, 2023.

Potato Corner’s Snack Mix makes snack time more exciting 

Fun and satisfying snacking never stops at Potato Corner as it introduces the lip-smacking Snack Mix with not one, but two satisfying snacks that will delight just about everyone.

Potato Corner’s Snack Mix is the new, more filling way to enjoy snack time, paired with the country’s favorite flavored fries. Corn Dog is available in Jumbo Mix and Mega Mix while Super Chicken Pop is available in Large Mix and Mega Mix. Corn Dog and Super Chicken Pop can alsobe enjoyed solo.

The world-famous Corn Dog elicits fond childhood memories while complementing Potato Corner’s signature flavored fries. This treat on a stick features a savory smoked, tender, and juicy beef hotdog coated in crispy, golden-brown bread and tossed in Potato Corner flavors. 

Potato Corner’s Corn Dog features a savory smoked, tender, and juicy beef hotdog coated in crispy, golden-brown bread and tossed in Potato Corner flavors.

Convenient and easy to eat, Potato Corner’s version of the Corn Dog has a universal appeal that every serious snacker should never miss.

Potato Corner’s Super Chicken Pop is made of bite-sized chicken nuggets coated in a special breading, fried to perfection, and seasoned with Potato Corner flavors.

Completing the delectable duo in the Snack Mix is the scrumptious Super Chicken Pop. First introduced in 2020, Super Chicken Pop returns to Potato Corner as a more filling addition to its array of flavored fries.

The bite-sized chicken nuggets are coated in a special breading, fried to perfection, and seasoned in Potato Corner flavors. The result is a delightful snack that looks just as good as it tastes. 

Snack Mix’s Corn Dog and Super Chicken Pop are best paired with Potato Corner’s freshly-cooked flavored fries or they can also be enjoyed solo. Both Corn Dog and Super Chicken Pop come in Potato Corner’s signature flavors as well as its premium flavors like Truffle and Golden Sweet Corn for a minimum add-on cost.

Potato Corner introduces the lip-smacking Snack Mix with not one but two satisfying goodies that will delight every snacking aficionado. Snack Mix hits select Potato Corner stores nationwide beginning November 24, 2023.

Snack Mix hits select Potato Corner stores nationwide beginning November 24. Mark the date and head to the nearest Potato Corner outlet to experience the new, more filling way to enjoy snack time with the country’s favorite flavored fries. 

For more details on Snack Mix, click on the link or visit the official Potato Corner social media pages.

Concentrix + Webhelp Growth Adds New Site in Cebu Exchange

Unveiling Cebu Exchange Tower’s scale model at the site launch, from left to right: Concentrix + Webhelp Sr. Director of Real Estate Michelle Ignacio, SVP and Country Leader for PH Amit Jagga, Board of Investments Visayas Division Head Florteliza Alpuerto, and Arthaland National Sales Director Anna Marco

Concentrix + Webhelp, a leading global provider of customer experience (CX) services and technologies and the Philippines’ largest private employer, today unveiled its newest site in Cebu Exchange Tower. The launch included employees and executives, local officials from various government bodies, media, academe and private sector partners.

Media Roundtable with Concentrix + Webhelp Philippines Executives, from left to right: VP of People Solutions Hazel Banas, SVP and Country Leader Amit Jagga, and Sr. Director of Client Success Dagny Estacio

With the recent launch of Cebu Montage just last year, the Cebu Exchange site is now the company’s 9th office in Cebu, demonstrating its continued growth. Amit Jagga, SVP and Country Leader for the Philippines, says “Our site in Cebu Exchange is another milestone and visible message of Concentrix’s continued commitment to the country. As a company that designs, builds and runs game-changing customer experiences, we invest not just in creating meaningful, future-ready jobs, but also in sustainable wellness-centered workplaces that care for our game-changers as well as our environment.”

Cebu Exchange houses over 4,500 employees of Concentrix + Webhelp and now its largest staffed-site in the Philippines. It was dubbed at the launch as the “Workplace of the Future”, signifying the combination of innovative, state-of-the-art amenities that meet diverse workforce needs and sustainable facilities aligned with the company’s environmental, social and governance focus.

With various certifications such as LEED GOLD, BERDE 5-star, and EDGE Zero Carbon, Cebu Exchange is also considered the largest net-zero carbon certified building in the country, according to the company’s joint announcement with real estate developer Arthaland earlier this year. This is a win for the environment as the building operation has 25% less energy consumption and 34% lower CO2 emissions. At a physical site tour during the launch, Concentrix + Webhelp also showed guests distinctly designed facility features such as the Tech Zone, Workout and Wellness Zone, Quiet Zone, site clinic and lactation room, all-gender washrooms, and other flexible, inclusive spaces such as the Entertainment and Social Zones which are multi-purpose activity areas all employees can freely use. With its remarkable presence in 52 sites and 20 cities across the Philippines supporting over 100,000-strong game-changers today, Concentrix + Webhelp launching its newest and biggest site in Cebu Exchange as the “Workplace of the Future” truly solidifies its commitment to growth, sustainability and superior experiences for Filipinos. Take a peek at Cebu Exchange in this video:

LBC’s Newest Offering, Rush:A Commitment to Speed and Dependability

Reliability and promptness have always been at the forefront of logistics demands, especially for the dynamic communities and businesses of NCR that frequently interact with the Visayas and Mindanao regions. LBC Express, staying attuned to these needs, introduces its newest express delivery service: RUSH.

LBC Express’s RUSH service is a testament to LBC’s innovation in the logistics industry. In an age where time is often equated with opportunity, this service significantly narrows the gap between senders in NCR and recipients in Visayas and Mindanao. Gone are the days of prolonged delivery windows. With RUSH, shipments from NCR to Visayas and Mindanao promise to reach their destinations within 1 to 2 days.

Central to this efficiency is LBC’s strategic shift to air cargo, which allows transit times to be drastically reduced. But it’s not just about speed; LBC’s approach to air cargo has been meticulous, ensuring that every item, whether its bulk cargo or sensitive documents, is handled with utmost care and security. This combined focus on swiftness and security reaffirms LBC’s commitment to addressing evolving customer needs and setting new benchmarks in the industry.

Behind this service is LBC’s long standing legacy in the logistics sector, celebrated for its dedication to efficient and trustworthy solutions. As local businesses increasingly seek efficient modes of operation, LBC’s RUSH stands out as a practical and accessible solution for consumers in the region. 

“Over the years, we’ve worked hard to understand the needs of our customers. Our legacy isn’t just about serving our market for as long as we have, but about constantly innovating to make sure we address those needs better. As businesses pivot towards more efficient models, LBC’s new RUSH service is our answer to that need – a reflection of our dedication to providing timely and trustworthy logistics solutions to the very people who fuel our passion,” says Oliver L. Valentin, President, Philippine Business Operations. 

RUSH isn’t just rooted in the promise of speed. It’s a commitment to reliability, forged from years of experience and expertise. Individuals and businesses can now operate with the confidence that their shipments, whether personal purchases or essential business documents, will arrive on time and in pristine condition. It’s a testament to LBC’s unwavering focus on making its customer’s lives easier. They have not only listened to the needs of their market but have gone the extra mile to offer a solution that raises the bar for the entire logistics industry.

“LBC Express, through this service, reaffirms its commitment to bringing communities closer and making distances feel shorter. The emphasis is clear: speed, dependability, and a deep understanding of consumer needs,” ends Valentin. 

LBC RUSH service is available for all pouch and box sizes and start at PhP 100 for the Sakto pouch to PhP 2,100 for Kilobox XL. 

UNWND: Not Just a Travel Experience, but a Groundbreaking Platform for Local Art

Imagine the possibility of spontaneously packing your hiking boots and mobile office, ready to explore the untamed landscapes that the world has hidden away. Yet, at the end of an adventurous day, you retreat into suites that are the epitome of luxury, complete with high-thread-count sheets. Now, add to this a backdrop of unique art pieces that celebrate local creativity. Welcome to UNWND Boutique Hotel, a curated chain of boutique hotels that transcends the conventional, offering not just a place to stay but a living gallery of local art.

UNWND Boutique Hotel stands as an extraordinary sanctuary for those in pursuit of authentic and unique experiences. Whether you are an avid trekker, a foodie who enjoys international flavors, or a dreamer who aspires to roam the streets of world capitals, UNWND Boutique Hotel offers a world of life’s finest delights. From gourmet dishes and craft cocktails to a rich tapestry of curated art, UNWND Boutique Hotel has it all.

The signature feature of UNWND Boutique Hotel is its steadfast commitment to promoting local art. Every living space serves as a mini gallery adorned with handpicked art pieces, decorative throws, and cushions. UNWND Boutique Hotel’s curated spaces celebrate artistic talent and actively encourage guests to engage with and appreciate the art around them.

UNWND Places to Chill: Where Art and Place Blend

• UNWND Boutique Hotel Calatagan: A mix of coastal tranquility and artistic flair creates an adventurous atmosphere in this tropical paradise.

• UNWND Boutique Hotel Dumaguete: Stones throw away from the airport where guests enjoy convenience mixed with a showcase of Dumaguete’s cultural artistry.

• UNWND Flats Dumaguete: An extension of the Boutique Hotel Dumaguete, offering multi-level living spaces infused with local art.

• UNWND Flats Makati: Located in the vibrant Poblaciondistrict, the serviced apartments challenge conventions by integrating art, design, and culture.

• UNWND Boutique Hotel Makati: Positioned in one of the city’s most bustling neighborhoods, offering a range of accommodations, each embellished with a touch of local artistry.

In hindsight, UNWND Boutique Hotel offers more than a luxurious lodging experience; it acts as a spotlight for local artists, thereby enriching each destination’s cultural fabric. As guests enjoy diverse amenities and experiences, they are also encouraged to explore and appreciate the art that adorns the establishment, creating a unique blend of experiential and artistic luxury. For your next getaway, consider UNWNDBoutique Hotel—for an enriching journey through art, culture, and imagination.

How UNWND Offers Tailored Experiences for Every Modern-Day Wanderer

If there’s any travel aid that understands the needs of different types of travelers, UNWND is at the forefront. With a collection of properties located in some of the most captivating destinations like Poblacion in Makati, Dumaguete in Negros Oriental, Calatagan in Batangas and Caticlan in Malay, UNWND goes beyond the conventional idea of a hotel stay. They offer an immersive and authentic experience that celebrates the essence of each location and connects travelers to the heart of their destination.

At the core of UNWND’s philosophy is the belief in celebrating the five senses. They understand that travel is not just about visiting places; it’s about fully experiencing and embracing everything a location has to offer. From the delectable flavors of the local cuisine to the soothing sounds of nature, the breathtaking sights, the vibrant colors, and the textures that define a place – UNWND invites guests to indulge in a sensory feast that resonates deeply with the modern-day wanderer’s spirit.

No matter what kind of traveler you are, UNWND has the perfect experience waiting  for you. Are you a peaceful soul seeking a touch of adventure? UNWND Calatagan is your tranquil haven, where you can bask in the briny air and the gentle sway of trees, all while enjoying vibrant interiors and exciting explorations.

If you’re an art enthusiast and a social butterfly, UNWND Caticlan is your creative paradise. With its beachfront location, this property exudes life and color, and the curated murals and artworks will immerse you in the island’s unique artistic expressions. Plus, the rooftop deck and pool provide the perfect setting to mingle with like-minded travelers and make new friends.

Are you looking for a vibrant gateway to new experiences? UNWND Dumaguete is your go-to destination. Just minutes away from the airport, this boutique hotel offers an array of accommodations to suit every wanderer. You’ll be surrounded by local art, and the poolside libations and outdoor workouts will make your vacation unforgettable.

UNWND Makati

For long-staying guests or those in search of a tranquil respite, UNWND Flats Dumaguete is your ideal choice. Enjoy the convenience of being near the airport and immerse yourself in the local culture and design, making you feel right at home.

Meanwhile, UNWND Flats Poblacion sets the bar high for serviced residences. Located in Makati’s most exciting borough, this unique space marries art, design, culture, and local flavor, creating an elevated experience like no other.

And finally, for those who love to explore local culture, indulge in culinary treats, and just embrace the art of being chill, UNWND Boutique Hotel Makati is your ultimate escape. With various accommodations to suit every type of traveler, you’ll find yourself collecting memories and celebrating the joy of life.

In a world where cookie-cutter experiences have become commonplace, UNWND stands out as a brand that redefines the very essence of travel. They believe that a journey should be more than just a series of sightseeing activities – it should be a transformative experience that touches the soul and leaves lasting memories.

So, whether you’re an adventurous soul, a social explorer, or simply seeking a tranquil respite, UNWND beckons you to discover your perfect travel experience and celebrate the art of being chill in every moment.

Experience a Revitalizing Journey to Filipino Heritage at Nawa: Exploring Herbalism, Authentic Wellness, and Paleo-Filipino Cuisine

CALATAGAN, PHILIPPINES – Nawa, deriving its name from the Filipino word for “wish,” emerges as an undiscovered treasure in the heart of Calatagan, serving as a cultural epicenter that celebrates the Philippine legacy. The sanctuary elegantly intertwines herbalism, authentic health regimens, and prehistoric Filipino gastronomy, providing a multifaceted approach to wellness.

The resort, a proud venture of the Araw Hospitality Group, reaffirms its commitment to time-tested wellness by championing herbalism, humanity’s earliest known form of medicine. Leveraging the abundant native Filipino herbs, Nawa serves as a conduit to nature’s healing secrets. The Herbal Apothecary is an integral part of the retreat, presenting traditional herbal remedies that include the sacred practice of smudging, a unique method of space purification through energy cleansing. Visitors are also invited to participate in the transformative Madre Kakau and Hapé ceremonies, harking back to Amazonian shamanic healing rituals.

Nawa’s commitment to fostering health also extends to a variety of wellness experiences. Accommodations offer roomy, breathable villas and teepee huts facing mountainsides, embodying an idyllic island atmosphere. The wellness center provides an array of services from a full-service spa, meditation studio, to a sauna and steam room, promoting indulgence and tranquility.

Moreover, the wellness studio caters to various activities such as yoga, mat Pilates, personal training, and circuit training, proven methodologies to invigorate latent energy, improve flexibility, and enhance movement and breath consciousness.

When it comes to gastronomic feasts, Nawa intertwines wellness with soul-nourishing food. Dining at Nawa transcends the ordinary, offering Paleo-inspired Filipino meals that resonate with the Philippine’s rich culinary customs by utilizing locally procured ingredients that merge outdoor elements indoors through earthen tones, natural finishing materials, and artisan-crafted ceramic ware.

Every aspect of Nawa’s mission to forge a harmonious healing community anchored in Filipino culture and traditions shines through its offerings. By crafting a space that promotes the conservation of mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, Nawa welcomes guests to initiate a wellness journey that forms an integral part of their existence. As visitors saunter through lush canopies and bask in the serene mountain ambiance, they are invited to rekindle their relationship with nature and their inner selves, leaving Nawa with rejuvenated vigor and a profound appreciation for the unique touch, hospitality, and care embodied in Filipino culture.

WomenbizPH Launches 2023 Women Strong Network Hybrid Trade Fair in Cebu

The Women’s Business Council Philippines, also known as WomenbizPH, has always led the way in advancing the women’s agenda in the APEC and ASEAN region. Since WomenbizPH was established in 1997 as the lead private sector of the government, particularly the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Philippine Commission on Women, it has been the leading voice of Filipinas in commerce and has provided a platform to discuss women’s issues in business and possible government policies and solutions. 

WomenBizPH’s aim is to help women-led and women-owned medium, small, and micro enterprises (WMSMEs) grow and become more sustainable. To make this happen, WomenBizPH established the Women Strong Network, an organization with 120 WMSMEs as founding members, with representatives from WomenBizPH and the DTI to serve as technical advisors. It aspires to build the capacity of WMSMEs for business continuity planning and develop a network for their sustained knowledge building, exchange, and innovation.

As part of its capacity building and business recovery program, WomenBizPH kicked off this year’s Women Strong Network Hybrid Trade Fair at the atrium of SM Seaside Cebu. The exhibit allowed the public to connect with women MSMEs who showcased their proudly-Filipino-made goods and products. 

Apart from visiting and purchasing valuable and world-class products in the participants’ stalls, attendees explored interactive booths, participated in engaging workshops, and gained valuable insights from expert-led panel discussions and keynote presentations.

The esteemed list of speakers who graced the opening day included Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion; Senior Vice President for SM Holdings Inc. Marissa Fernan; Airspeed President and WomenbizPH President Rosemarie Rafael and WomenbizPH’s Chairperson Mylene Abiva. Abiva said: “The Hybrid Trade Fair Cebu 2023 is not just an event; it’s a movement to propel women entrepreneurs to new heights and make their mark in the global business landscape.”

Those who took part in the fair were a mix of start-ups and established brands like Tina Campos Jewelry, Clairs Enterprises, Bez Acre Farm Products, Rachel’s Homemade, Good Things Come in 3’s, Love Merlle, Fifty Shades Basketry, Aromacology Sensi, Almar Jewelry Marketing, Tesoro, Magicmelt Foods Inc., Daren Kate Footwear, Les Chocolateries, Ikiru Life Drinking Water, Virtucio, Jzaki Enterprise, Metaje and Kirby’s Chicharon.