You've Come a Long Way Filipina


Be with us for Asia CEO Forum DAVAO, presented by PLDT ALPHA, with Elite Sponsorship of Aspen, JLL, Regus and Sprout Solutions features many of the nation’s and the region’s most remarkable women. The theme is “You’ve Come a Long Way Filipina.”

Any enterprise that does not harness the power of women is doomed to failure or gross under-achievement. Learn how to dramatically improve your business by better developing these under-appreciated dynamos.

Speakers include:
Ace Itchon – built one of the nation’s fastest growing pharma organizations
Cathy Saldana – owner of one of the nation’s most innovative international architecture firms
Sam Melchor-Santos – winner of the Global Educator Award from United Nations
Cora Ballard – Chairman of the global board of RLB, Cora also heads the country’s largest firm in her industry
Kate Bellosillo – built one of the most successful sales careers in Philippines as a mother of 8.
Alexa Gentry – co-founder and COO of the country’s leading online payroll and HR system company
Celeste Ilagan – SVP of the country’s largest homegrown KPO company
Dottie Wirgler-Cronin – GM of the most prominent hotel facility in the entire Mindanao region
Sheila Lobien – one of the nation’s most powerful commercial real estate leaders
Rebecca Bustamante – President of Asia CEO Forum started as a nanny and became CEO

Many issues to be discussed:
+Do women have to “act like men” to be successful in business?
+How real is the “gender gap”?
+Does having a successful career mean failure in personal life?
+Can men ever see career women as partners rather than threats to manhood?
+Are women only happy with men who are more successful than them?

Be with us for Asia CEO Forum DAVAO, presented by PLDT ALPHA, with Elite Sponsorship of Aspen, JLL, Regus and Sprout Solutions.

Download the Event Program HERE:

High-profile Presenters of Asia CEO Forum DAVAO include (in approximate order of appearance):

Rebecca Bustamante

Asia CEO Forum

OPENING REMARKS: Called “My Yaya Bossing” by Jessica Soho and “Maid to Made” by GMA News, Rebeccca started as a nanny and moved up in her career. Her story has been featured on Bloomberg, CNN Philippines, GMA, ABS-CBN, TV5 and a host of others.

Ace Itchon
Chief Executive Officer

Aspen Philippines

PRESENTER: Ace oversees of one of the nation’s fastest growing pharma companies. She received awards such as Exemplary Leadership Award by a Female Employee 2014 (Global) and Global FWN 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World 2015.

Cathy Saldana
Managing Director


PRESENTER: Cathy oversees one of the nation’s most prominent architecture firms with clients like Ayala Land, Filinvest, SM, The Lopez Group, Discovery, Shangrila Resorts and international projects in New York, Dubai, London, Singapore, HK and many other cities.

Sam Melchor-Santos
Founder and President

I Am S.A.M. Foundation

PRESENTER: Filipina educator and international lecturer Samis winner of the prestigious Global Educator Award from the United Nations for her advocacy on the empowerment of children in schools.

Cora Ballard
Chairman and President

Rider Levett Bucknall Philippines

PRESENTER: Cora heads the country’s largest independent construction practice in cost planning and commercial management and is the only female who sits on the board of directors of the global organization.

Sheila Lobien
Regional Director


PRESENTER: Beginning her career as a sales girl at a water park, Sheila is now a dominant leader in the country’s fast growing commercial real estate market.

Celeste Ilagan
SVP, Marketing and External Affairs

SPi Global

PRESENTER: Celeste was responsible for attractive many multinational companies to Philippines as Executive Director of the Investments Promotion Group at the Board of Investments. She currently oversees a key global role with the country’s largest home-grown knowledge process outsourcing company.

Alexa Gentry
Co-Founder and COO

Sprout Solutions

PRESENTER: Alex’s company is the nation’s leading cloud-based payroll and HR systems provider and the first Filipino company to be backed by Acceleprise, a leading technology angel investor.

Dottie Wurgler-Cronin
General Manager

Marco Polo Davao

PRESENTER: Dottie worked her way up in food and beverage to become GM of the most prominent hotel facility in the entire Mindanao region.

Kate Bellosillo
General Manager

Kyani Philippines

PRESENTER: A devoted mother of 8, Kate also built one of the most successful sales careers in Philippines. She is a past Hall of Fame award winner by the Direct Selling Association of the Philippines.

Carmie de Leon
VP Sales and Marketing

Healthway Medical

PANELIST: Carmie has played a key role in building the nation’s largest mall-based chain of high-end health clinics.

Lars Wittig
Country Manager

Regus Philippines

PANELIST: Lars oversees the nation’s largest flexible workspace empire. Philippine country operations are the fastest growing in the world for Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible office services.

Download the Event Program HERE:

Be with us for Asia CEO Forum DAVAO, presented by PLDT ALPHA, with Elite Sponsorship of Aspen, JLL, Regus and Sprout Solutions features many of the nation’s and the region’s most remarkable women.

  • February 28th, 2017; Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Marco Polo Davao Davao City
  • PhP 1800


Governor, Ilocos Norte


We welcome Imee Marcos, Governor of Ilocos Norte, for a special intimate breakfast speaking event on March 8th at the exquisite Manila Marriott (Grand Ballroom building).

Imee served 3 terms in the Philippine House of Representatives until 2007. She ran as Governor of Ilocos Norte was elected with a landslide victory and has been re-elected ever since.

Called by President Rodrigo Duterte as his “saving grace,” Imee Marcos is one of the most prominent political figures in Philippines. She is a strong believer in the future of her province as the nation’s next great tourism destination.

Join Governor Imee Marcos for a special breakfast event on Wednesday, March 8 at the Manila Marriott (Grand Ballroom beside Resorts World).

  • March 8th, 2017; Wednesday 7:45 am - 9:00 am
  • Manila Marriott Pasay City
  • PhP 1200


Headwinds Make Us Stronger


Asia BPM Summit 2017, presented by PLDT Enterprise, with Elite Sponsorship by Aon, JLL, Regus and Sprout Solutions to see the most powerful and connected leaders of the industry that is powering the economy of this nation and others.

With creeping protectionism and disruptive politics in major markets, the upcoming year could be one of the best ever, or the worst, for the world’s BPO/Shared Services sector.

Asia BPM Summit is the largest non-aligned event for the BPO and shared services sector in SE Asia. Be with us for this intense one-day-only event.

Featured Speakers of Asia CEO Summit 2017 include
Ike Amigo – CEO, IBPAP
Jeff Williams – Chairman, HIMAP
Sean Mather – Chairman, AusContact (Australia)
Justin Anthony – Director, Outsource Malaysia
Frank Schellenberg – Advisory Board, VNITO (Vietnam)
Plus, the most senior leaders from the largest organizations such as ADEC Innovations, Cognizant, Concentrix, Sitel, SPi Global, TCS and more.

Download the Event Program HERE:

Speakers for Asia BPM Summit 2017 include (in approximate order of appearance):

Jovy Hernandez
First Vice President & Head

PLDT ALPHA Enterprise SMART Enterprise


Ike Amigo
President and CEO

IBPAP (IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines)

PRESENTER: Ike is a one of the most experienced leaders in the industry with 28 years in the IT field, most of it with Accenture where he was the Managing Director for Infrastructure Services.

Jeff Williams
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Healthcare Information Management Assoc. of the Philippines (HIMAP)

PRESENTER: Jeff pioneered the delivery of highly complex processes to Fortune 1000 clients focusing on Health Information Management and has established sites around the world.

Flo Navarro
BPS Delivery Head

TCS Philippines

PRESENTER: Flo began her leadership career in the earliest years of the industry in Philippines and now oversees operations for global giant TCS – part of 370,000 employees around the world.

Sean Mather

AusContact Association

PRESENTER: Sean oversees the contact center industry association of Australia and has 25 years experience in the sector. He also leads Asia Pacific for Call Design Pty Ltd.

Elek Toth
Head of Philippines Operations


PRESENTER: Elek is one of the most experienced industry leaders with regional experience across Asia managing large multi-site operations for both captive and third-party organizations.

Craig Reines
Chief Operating Officer


PRESENTER: Craig is possibly the most travelled senior leader in the industry. He has led large operations across the world based in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia and Philippines.

Justin Anthony

Outsource Malaysia

PRESENTER: Justin oversees day-to-day operations of Outsourcing Malaysia to develop Malaysia’s outsourcing services industry as a global hub for high-value outsourcing

David Young
Chief Operations Officer

ADEC Innovations

PRESENTER: David oversees operations for his company. With 5,000 employees over 5 continents, ADEC Innovations is considered the most global company in Philippines and provides a broad range of knowledge-based services to global clients.

Frank Schellenberg
Advisory Board Member


PRESENTER: Frank is considered a founder of the IT-BPO industry in Vietnam who set up DIGI-TEXX in 2003 and later GHP Far East (now known as Swiss Post Solutions) for the GHP Group from Germany and led the company as CEO until 2014.

Kamal Narang
Country Head

Cognizant Philippines

PRESENTER: Kamal is country head for Philippines and global head, banking and lending business process services of technology behemoth Cognizant. The company employs more than 150,000 employees around the world.

Eric Kaufman
General Manager, Philippines

IBEX Global

PANELIST: Eric oversees operations for what many say is the fastest growing BPO provider in the Philippines.

Ernesto de Castro
National President

Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE)

PANELIST: Ernie de Castro PhD is CEO of ESCA is spearheading the country’s major push into engineering services outsourcing.

Marie Ampeloquio
Chief People Officer

SPi Global

PANELIST: Marie is head of HR for the country’s largest home-grown BPO-KPO organization.

Patrick Gentry

Sprout Solutions

PANELIST: Patrick oversees one of the fastest growing service providers to the HR services sector in Philippines.

Quintin Pastrana
News Anchor

Bloomberg TV Philippines

MODERATOR: Quintin began his career as a key support staff of prominent political leaders. He later held senior positions in public affairs and sustainable development for multinational companies.

Victor Aliwalas
Vice President – Corporate Relationship Management


MODERATOR: Victor oversees the BPO and shared services segment of the nation’s dominant telco.

Asia BPM Summit 2017, presented by PLDT Enterprise, with Elite Sponsorship by Aon, JLL, Regus and Sprout Solutions highlights the industry that has made Philippines a force in the global economy.

Download the Event Program HERE:

  • March 15th, 2017; Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Manila Marriott Pasay City
  • PhP 5000

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