Over the past year, business leaders all around the world and across the country had one goal in mind – growing the economy in a post-pandemic setting. The industry landscape experienced numerous ebbs and flows in recent months. Companies with leaders who are able to pivot and diversify their business are the ones changing the game. The Asia CEO Awards 2023 returns to give recognition to these movers and shakers, honoring their commitment to a progressive Philippines. 

Now on its 14th year, the Asia CEO Awards is reimagining its overall mission and vision, in line with the rapidly-shifting world around it. ACA founder Rebecca Bustamante hopes to further reinforce the Philippines’ standing as a center of business excellence, and sees the awards as a platform to develop future industry leaders. “The Philippines has so many business leaders waiting in the wings for their chance to drive the economy to greater heights. They are strong, compassionate, and resilient,” shares Bustamante. “We see this every year, and now we want to do our part to help nurture this potential.”

For 2023 and beyond, the ACA’s rallying cry is ONE TRUE PRIZE. Bustamante and her team were inspired by the idea of the awards being the first, genuine, and among the highly-regarded peer organizations in the country. They hope to set a standard for excellence for others, and that their recognition will inspire positive impact on the community.

Nominations for the 2023 batch of game changing and accomplished organizations is now open. 

Philippine-based individuals and corporations who have shown exemplary leadership achievements in their work in the region over the past year are eligible for the awards. Criteria for each category zeroes in on a positive contribution to the development of the economic capabilities and international reputation of the country through their work, business involvement or heritage. Coupled with a heart for the Filipino people, these nominees will be paving the way for a brighter future for the country. 

The award categories open for nominations are 

Airspeed SME Company of the Year​​

Figari Entrepreneur of the Year ​​​

Foundever Young Leader of the Year​​

Kyani Wellness Company of the Year​​

Lionheart Farms Sustainability Company of the Year ​​

Microsourcing Service Excellence Company of the Year​​​​

PLDT Enterprise Global Filipino Executive of the Year

iCXeed Diversity Company of the Year

Reed Elsevier Top Employer of the Year

Sprout Solutions Technology Company of the Year
United Neon Most Innovative Company of the Year

CSR Company of the Year 


Expatriate Executive of the Year 

Executive Leadership Team of the Year

Nominations are now open and will end on August 15, 2023. 

At the recently concluded media launch, the esteemed panel of judges for this year’s awards were announced. Reviewing the entries will be the likes of Architect Jun Palafox, business leaders Bing Sibal-Limjoco, Don Felbaum, PWC Chairman Alex Cabrera, public and private sector figure Darlene Berberabe, and economist Bernie Villegas. Finalists for each award category are announced once ashort-list has been made by the panel.

The Circle of Excellence Awardees and the Grand Winners will be presented at the 2032 Asia CEO Awards to be held in October of this year.

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Going beyond just the pageantry of an awards night, the ACA is putting in the work. During this year’s presentation, Bustamante will be launching the Learning Excellence & Active Development (L.E.A.D.) Center. The promise is a transforming experience, aligned with the idea that “Together we can do more.” It is focused on producing highly competent, well-rounded, proactive individuals who will be the future drivers of the nation. Through diversity, equity, and inclusion, they hope to build a foundation for informed and intelligent business practices across all sectors. The leadership development framework will also include advocacy and outreach work for poverty and hinger alleviation. The L.E.A.D. programs  will be initially offered online from this April, but they hope to hold sessions in their soon-to-be-built Tagaytay facility. 

The ACA and its programs are made possible by the valuable partners who have shared the same vision over the years. For 2023, Globe Telecom returns as grand title sponsor. Their participation extends beyond the awards itself, highlighted by their support of the L.E.A.D Center program through their nation-building initiatives. In turn, the ACA presented a donation to Globe’s landmark project, The Hapag Movement, during the media launch.

Asia CEO Awards Elite award sponsors include Airspeed International, Figari, Foundever, Kiyani, Lionheart Farms Corporation, Microsourcing, PLDT Enterprise, Reed Elsevier, Sprout Solutions Philippines, Inc., IcXceed, and United Neon. Prestige sponsors are Beepo, and PSG Global Solutions. Stepping in as knowledge partner is PWC. Official Venue Partner Marriott Hotel Manila. Media partners are ANC, BusinessWorld, Business Mirror, The Philippine Star, The Manila Times, SMNI, Net25, and The Philippine Business And News. PR Partner is A-List Partners and Consulting, Inc.

As the Philippines moves forward into the future, the Asia CEO Awards is focused on supporting the business community and its nation-building efforts. They continue to work in the hope of achieving a stronger economy and first world status for the Filipino people.

For more details, visit the Asia CEO Awards website, and on Facebook.

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