Some leaders have a rare ability to see beyond the present and envision a better future. They are not afraid to challenge the status quo, to work hard, and to learn from others. They are driven by a passion to make a positive difference in the world.
PLDT Enterprise, the B2B arm of the Philippines’ largest fully integrated telecommunications company PLDT, has partnered with some of these visionary leaders who have turned their dreams into reality. They have created successful businesses that boosted the economy, generated employment, and improved lives.
Here are some of the inspiring stories of these visionary leaders who overcame obstacles, focused on solutions, and prioritized people and products over profits.
Sonya Garcia was a former banker who faced a personal tragedy that led her to seek solace in her grandmother’s garden in Capiz. She decided to share her joy and peace with others by creating Sonya’s Garden, a pioneer bed-and-breakfast business in the country that offers a sanctuary for weary souls.
Dr. Diana Edralin is the General Manager of the Philippine operations of Roche (Philippines) Inc., a global pharmaceutical company, and the President of the Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP). She is leading the transformation of the healthcare ecosystem by ensuring access to innovative solutions that enhance patient outcomes and quality of life. She is also a strong advocate of nurturing and mentoring a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce—with the primary goal of not just business success but having a lasting impact on employees’ lives, but also the patients’, and ultimately, society.
Marivic del Pilar is the President and General Manager of Victory Liner, one of the biggest bus companies in the country. She embraced new technology to help Victory Liner cope with the challenges posed by the pandemic and improve service to commuters. The mobility restrictions from the pandemic initially affected Victory Liner’s business model, but it has since recovered with her vision to move forward and adapt to digital solutions.
Judd Balayan is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the DBB Group in the Philippines, the country’s first integrated marketing communication and services network. He helped the group navigate the rough waters spawned by the pandemic by prudently managing group finances, winning new accounts, and focusing on staff welfare and health. He believes energizing, engaging, and elevating people focusing on the product is key to success during these challenging times.
Jacqe Gutierrez is the CEO and co-founder of Happy Skin Cosmetics, BLK Cosmetics, and Seoul White Korea. She spent a decade with a multinational brand handling beauty products, which shaped her vision of developing cosmetics with Filipinas in mind. Those years gave her the space to create something real that brings joy to the customers. As an entrepreneur, she believes that local brands can compete in the international market. Like many visionaries, Gutierrez is happiest when she can give back by providing people with opportunities to be better.
These visionary leaders need a reliable partner who can support them in realizing their vision — a leader like PLDT Enterprise who has a strong digital footprint, a wide network infrastructure, a suite of solutions, and decades of experience. The group has and continues to expand its expertise in the technology landscape by securing more certifications in domain services.
“Our focus is always our customers. We firmly believe that together, we can go further in growing their business and making their visions a reality,” says Mitch Locsin, PLDT and Smart First Vice President and Head of Enterprise and International Business Groups.
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