DHo Named Shero of the Year in 2019 Asia CEO Awards


Doris Magsaysay Ho, Group President and CEO of the Magsaysay Group of Companies, was accorded honors in the 10th Asia CEO Awards as its first-ever “Shero of the Year” recipient. The award is accorded to the most outstanding Filipino woman leader who has achieved recognizable success, overseeing organizations in the Philippines that have advanced the economic and social standing of the country in the eyes of the world. The milestone event, held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in New Port City on October 15, was attended by more than 1,000 gathered business leaders and senior executives from various industries in the country. 

“[To] My heroes,” Ms. Doris said, “receiving this award, in front of every one of you in this room who are really indeed my heroes and sheroes – thank you so much. I’m deeply honored.” The iconic thought leader shared that she was amidst a gathering of heroes who continue to inspire her, including special Guest of Honor and lone 2019 Lifetime Contributor Awardee former President of the Philippines HE Fidel V. Ramos. 

Adjudged by an esteemed panel of judges – led by past Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Amb. Jose Cuisia, former President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Mr. Richard Mills, former President of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Mr. Don Felbaum, and former Secretary of Finance for the Philippines Mr. Cesar Purisima among others, Ms. Doris Ho edged seven other women leaders eyed by the panel for the trailblazing award category.

“The theme today,” Ms. Doris mused, “is ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’ and I do indeed stand on the shoulders of many people – my colleagues, many are with me today, led by Marlon Roño, and all the tens of thousands of MAGSAYSAY men and women who work so diligently and with such perseverance, I accept this award in your name.”

In addition, Magsaysay People Resources Corporation (MPRC) was accorded a Circle of Excellence recognition as this year’s “Top Employer of the Year” finalist. Mr. Marlon R. Roño, Executive Chairman of MPRC, received the award. Presidents and Vice Presidents of Magsaysay Learning Resources, Inc. (MLRI), Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA), Magsaysay Global Services, Inc. (MGSI), Global Process Manager Inc. (GPM), HR Transformation, Group Legal, and Group Corporate Communications were also in attendance.

“In my life, I’ve realized that living with a purpose can really make a difference, and I’d like to congratulate Asia CEO Awards and all of you who have been nominated. You inspire me. You are indeed living the purpose and you have my deepest admiration of respect,” Ms. Doris said in closing. “Thank you so much for this award. I am honored.”

PricewaterhousCoopers (PwC), the independent audit firm and knowledge partner of the event, shared that as much as 380 entries were screened this year through an extreme review process where only less than 30% companies made it to the Circle of Excellence Awardees. Asia CEO Awards brings together the senior leadership of the country to recognize the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that have done the most to develop the economic capacity of the Philippines.

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