DHL Express Opens Outlet at Ayala Malls Serin

(From left) King Labarda (Operations and Marketing Associate Manager, Ayala Malls Serin), Jojo Habana (Head of Commercial, DHL Express Philippines), Jacky Chen (General Manager, Ayala Malls Serin), Nurhayati Abdullah (Country Manager, DHL Express Philippines)

Manila, Philippines: DHL Express, the leading global brand in the logistics industry, is now serving customers in Tagaytay City through its Ayala Malls Serin branch. Country Manager Nurhayati Abdullah and Head of Commercial Jojo Habana formally opened the outlet last May 3, 2018 with the special participation of Ayala Malls Serin General Manager Jacky Chen and Operations and Marketing Associate Manager King Labarda. The outlet accepts express shipping of documents and parcels to over 220 countries and territories.

DHL Express is located at Level 3 of Ayala Malls Serin, Silang Crossing East, Tagaytay City, Cavite.

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Wilcon opens new store in Tacloban city

Wilcon Depot, the country’s leading home improvement and construction supply retailer, marks
business milestone in celebrating its 42nd retail outlet grand opening today in Tacloban City,
Leyte. Photo shows (L-R) Lixil Water Technology Retail Sales & Trade Marketing Director
JORALYN ONG, Mariwasa Siam Ceramics VP for Sales and Marketing JAKKRIT SUWANSILP,
Wilcon Depot President and Chief Executive Officer LORRAINE BELO-CINCOCHAN, Tacloban
City Vice Mayor HON. SAMBO YAOKASIN, Wilcon Depot Founder and Chairman Emeritus
and Chief Operating Officer ROSEMARIE ONG, IDr. Leo Lino Almeria, FPIID, Wilcon Depot
EVP and Chief Financial Officer MARK ANDREW BELO and Matimco Inc. President and CEO
CHARLIE LIU during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Visit Wilcon’s newest store at Purok Santol
Brgy. 80, Marasbaras, Tacloban City, Leyte.

The country’s leading home improvement and construction supply retailer, Wilcon Depot, launched their 42nd large-format home construction retail outlet at Purok Santol Brgy. 80, Marasbaras, Tacloban City, Leyte last April 20, 2018.

Wilcon Depot continues to increase their store footprint as they opened their 1st branch in the Eastern Visayas, 5th in the Visayas region. Wilcon started the opening celebration with a motorcade along the nearby barangays of its new operating store. It was joined by Wilcon valued suppliers and industry partners. The opening event continued at the store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Wilcon Founder and Chairman Emeritus William T. Belo, Wilcon President and CEO Lorraine Belo-Cincochan, SEVP-Chief Operating Officer Rosemarie Bosch-Ong and Wilcon EVP-Chief Financial Officer Mark Andrew Belo and were joined by Wilcon’s valued suppliers and local government officials of Tacloban City.

“Wilcon is privileged to be part of Tacloban’s fast, dynamic and growing economy. As the city remains the center of trade and commerce, and the strategic hub in Eastern Visayas, Wilcon is committed to be Tacloban’s strong partner in building a more progressive and resilient city,” said Wilcon SEVP-Chief Operating Officer Rosemarie Ong.

As a top provider of home improvement supplies and a sole distributor of renowned international brands, Wilcon Depot has its full array of extensive and quality home building materials ranging from Tiles, Sanitarywares, Plumbing, Furniture, Home Interior, Building Materials, Hardware, Electrical, Appliances and other DIY items.

Wilcon Tacloban has a total sales area of over 11,000 square meters accommodating thousands of strong and reliable local and international brands in the market, arranged in an organized and clutter-free manner inside an air-conditioned store. Maintaining its uniformity in the interior of its depot store, Wilcon makes its operations efficient to help the customers shop with ease.

Fulfilling its mission and commitment in delivering products and solutions of superior quality and providing excellent and unparalleled services, Wilcon assures Tacloban City to have the best products with highest quality standard and innovative features that gives value for money. Wilcon remains to be the country’s most preferred one-stop shop that provides great value and selection for every Filipino home building needs.

Wilcon offers numerous brands to choose from as it carries exclusive top-tier brands like Grohe and Kohler Sanitarywares, Franke Kitchen Systems, Pozzi Bathroom Solutions, Koller Bathtubs and Shower Accessories. Spanish tile brands Alcalagres, Keratile, Rocersa, Cifre, Emigres, Keros and Oset alongside with Italian tile brands Novabell, Energie Ker, Gardenia are made available in the Tile Studio inside the store. Heim and Heritage home interior and furniture are exhibited at the Living, Kitchen, and Bath (LKB) showroom. Direct Hardware, Alphalux lighting solutions, Kasch bathroom accessories, PTech PVC mouldings, Forest wood products, Solutherm PPR pipes, and Sefa specialty bathroom faucets and showerheads are displayed in the DIY section of the store.

As Wilcon remains the market leader in the business, Wilcon offers multitude of services that give customers convenient shopping experience. Every Wilcon store has free parking spaces, reliable delivery service, and tile cutting service, among others They also provide a service that allows customers in creating their desired 3D layout through a computer software with cost estimate and product list made possible in Design Hub section inside the store. Valued customers can also avail their Wilcon Loyalty Card for free and enjoy promo exclusives and offerings.

“Wilcon is here to support the Taclobanons by providing access to top and trusted local and international brands for your home building needs coupled with our sales people’s expertise and unparalleled service. We are thrilled to be part of Tacloban’s dynamic and progressive community.” Wilcon President and CEO Lorraine Belo-Cincochan said.

Wilcon is set to open open 8 additional stores for 2018 including Silang, Cavite next month, Naga, Zamboanga, Lipa in Batangas, Tayabas in Quezon Province, another branch in Davao, GenSan, Puerto Princesa and another one in Iloilo City, staying true to their commitment to have a total of 65 operating stores by 2021. Wilcon is a publicly listed company with over 40 years of experience in the home improvement and construction supply industry.

Fill your homes with the best-known home building products and experience exellent service from Wilcon. Visit their newest branch inPurok Santol Brgy. 80, Marasbaras, Tacloban City, Leyte. To learn more about Wilcon, log on to You can also follow them at their social media accounts at and

ITR Helpdesk 2018

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PCCI Injap Sia Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Awards (ISOYEA)

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The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is pleased to announce the search for the 2017 Injap Sia Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Awards (ISOYEA). This award is conferred to young entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptional talents and contributed to the economic development of the country.

The award is open to all Filipino entrepreneurs, 40 years old and below; owner, founder, significant shareholder or  management member of a Philippine-incorporated and  registered enterprise that has been operating  for  two (2) years.

The winners will be awarded during the 43rd Philippine Business Conference in October 2017 at the  Manila  Hotel, City of Manila. Winners of this award will have the chance to 1) represent the country in international awards such as the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) Young Entrepreneur Award; ASEAN Business Awards, and 2) pitch / present to prospective investors, partners in PCCI-organized activities. Cash prize also awaits the grand winner.

Deadline of submission of entries is on or before September 14, 2017.

For more information, please contact the ISOYEA Secretariat at telephone number 8468196 local 107/ 102, email: You may also  log on to the PCCI website at


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The ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) aims to recognize the outstanding ASEAN enterprises in the region. It brings to the spotlight businesses that have contributed in the growth and prosperity of the ASEAN economy and have the potential to become global economic players in their respective industries.

The ASEAN Business Awards 2017 will be on September 6, 2017!

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Entrepreneurs to Pitch their Businesses on Reality TV show ‘The Final Pitch’

For the first time on Philippine TV, viewers will see the coming together of the best and brightest entrepreneurs on a reality TV show that will link them to multi-millionaire and billionaire investors who are searching to own a piece of the next big business idea. All of them will go through a business boot camp and series of challenges for their chance to make the pitch of their lives in a once-in-a-lifetime funding round.

Entitled ‘The Final Pitch’, the reality TV show is loosely inspired by the Emmy Award-winning shows ‘Shark Tank’ and ‘The Apprentice,’ and will challenge entrepreneur contestants in the realities of scaling their existing businesses- from exploring funding options, refining their business plans, and marketing their products and services. The show is set to air on History Channel this May, 2017.

Final Pitch

“The Final Pitch aims to help entrepreneurs find success by connecting them to investors who can finance them, and to mentors who can fine-tune their businesses—reducing risk factors and boosting growth potential and sustainability,” shares the creator and host of The Final Pitch, John Aguilar.

Entrepreneurs will go through a series of challenges that will test their creativity, motivation and character. At the same time, they will learn the secrets behind the success of their potential investors, who are also tasked to handpick the top finalists to proceed on the show.

For Jose ‘Jomag’ Magsaysay, founder of a well-loved global food brand and one of the investors on ‘The Final Pitch’, his picks for the show would be based on whether or not he can see them as future business partners. “I’m looking for people who deserve a break, as I believe in the person more than the business,” he shares.

Other investors include the multi-awarded Chairman and CEO of the Sterling Group of Companies and SL Agritech, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong; self-made billionaire and the youngest chairman of a publicly-listed company in the PSE, Joseph Calata; and lastly, 25-year old millennial CEO of the angel investing group MFT Group of Companies, Mica Tan.

Final Investor Slot

Aguilar reveals that the show is on the lookout for a final investor who will complete the  investor panel. “The final slot should go to someone who is not just a successful business person with the capability to invest,  but someone who would like to see and help other entrepreneurs succeed.”

In addition to the potential funding from the investors, contestants will receive business coaching from an esteemed lineup of mentors, who are composed of well-known business experts and inclusive business champions, namely Department of Trade and Industry Secretary, Mon Lopez; former President of MicroVentures, Inc., Senator Bam Aquino; Chairman of Start Up Village, Prof. Jay Bernardo and; President of the Ateneo Center for Entrepreneurship-Masters In Entrepreneurship (ACE-ME), Dr. Andy J. Ferreira, among others.

“The Philippines is host to so much untapped talent. With this show, we will find people who have great ideas and the willingness to overcome challenges, which are important qualities of a successful entrepreneur.” shares Aguilar. “This is also one way to help venture capitalists search for and nurture the next big business idea. We want to reinvigorate entrepreneurship in the Philippines, and rethink how we can contribute to its success.”

A Nation Building Venture

An entrepreneur himself, John Aguilar says that the show was founded on a more profound premise, which stemmed from his own experience as a young entrepreneur who put up his own business from scratch and persevered against seeking opportunities overseas.

“The intent is to help the nation through entrepreneurship, and the show does that in so many ways. First, we are helping put the idea of finding success through your own business out there in the hopes of inspiring others—especially the youth—to start their own business. Next, we are connecting entrepreneurs to potential investors, mentors and partners, and in the process, teaching viewers—who could potentially be future entrepreneurs—ways to start, improve, and grow their businesses.”

In addition, the show also promotes and showcases the value of adopting an inclusive business model, which helps alleviate poverty by creating a business ecosystem that makes the MSME (micro, small, and medium enterprises) sector an integral part of the value chain.

It is not uncommon knowledge that the Philippine economy is fueled by MSMEs. According to a data released by the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA) in 2014, 99.6% of all businesses in the country are MSMEs, which help reinforce sustainability of an economy by contributing on multiple fronts, like engaging local communities by bringing jobs to employment black spots, including in rural and far-flung areas. They also serve as valuable partners to large enterprises as suppliers and valuable providers of support services.

The Final Pitch aims to help bridge some of the sector’s major gaps by linking entrepreneurs to potential investors and imparting knowledge to them. According to Aguilar, each season of the show will have tangible and immediate results in terms of helping entrepreneurs and encouraging more people to start their own business ventures.

How to Join

To join The Final Pitch, applicants will be required to fill up and submit an online entry form to The Final Pitch via its official website Deadline for submission of entries is until March 17, 2017. Investors interested in becoming a part of the show or investing in the entrepreneurs behind the scenes may also get in touch with The Final Pitch through through its website.

‘The Final Pitch’ is produced by Streetpark Productions Inc., the company behind the longest-running real estate and construction TV show Philippine Realty TV. For more info and for sponsorship and partnership inquiries, visit or call 0917-8136674.