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Arch. Palafox, Francis Kong head Mandaue Biz Month

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In celebration of the Mandaue Business Month (MBM) as the flagship program of the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), the MCCI has slated a month-long series of activities this August geared towards promoting sustainable and socially-responsible entrepreneurship to position
Mandaue City as an attractive destination for business and investments.

As a highlight of the MBM, the Mandaue Business Summit will feature internationally-renowned Architect Felino “Jun” Palafox and business speaker Francis Kong among its line-up of distinguished speakers at the Oakridge Pavilion, AS Fortuna St., Mandaue City this Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016.

Arch. Palafox has 44 years of experience in architecture and 42 years in planning. He has lectured in Harvard University, MIT and in 18 other countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. His extensive travels allowed him to observe 1,000 cities in 67 countries.

His firm Palafox Associates is the recipient of over 200 awards and recognitions in the past 27 years. Most notably as the first Filipino and only Southeast Asian architectural firm included in the Top 500 Architectural Firms in the World of the London-based World Architecture Magazine in 1999.

Kong is a highly-respected business speaker in the country. He was a recipient of the 2014 The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Awards and wears many hats as a columnist, broadcaster, book author (18), and businessman.

He averages over 300 talks, seminars and trainings here and abroad yearly. He won the Anvil Award for Excellence for the staging of the Dr. John Maxwell Seminar Series, Gold Quill Award for Best Public Speech category given by the International Association of Business Communicators.

Other speakers include Mr. Jonathan Petalver, CEO and president of the Petalver Management Consultancy Services; Dr. Ronald Mendoza-Dean of the Ateneo School of Government; and Orion Perez Dumdum, an IT Pro. Reform activist, linguist, and history buff.

Other MBM activities include an Investment Forum with the Mandaue City government on incentives for Mandaue investors. Venue is the Oakridge Horizon, Oakridge Business Park on Tuesday, Aug. 16.


More events

A Maze Mandaue takes place on Friday, August 19. Here, teams of five members traverse around Mandaue City’s commercial and heritage landmarks ala Amazing Race, search for clues, and perform tasks enroute to nearly PhP100,000 in prizes for the top three teams.

Probably the most-anticipated highlight is the annual search for Women in Need Now Entrepreneurs and Role Models (WINNERs) Season 6. This will consist of the top winners and placers for the past six years who will undergo seminars, qualifying exams, lectures, and other activities. Finale will be held on Wed., Aug. 31, at a yet to be disclosed venue.

The three-day Property and Investment Expo will be held from Aug. 26 to 28 patterned after Hong Kong and Singapore events at a venue to be announced. Free public seminars on investments will be offered, aside from other financial matters.

The Chamber Gala Night on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Oakridge Pavilion will award top-performing individuals and organizations for various categories. Spotlight here will be on a fashion show on the “hablon” by Dexter Alazas, a known designer and manager of models.

Now on its 50th year, the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce presently boasts of nearly 300 member companies with the aim of serving as a catalyst for business-enhancing and business generating activities.

Mandaue City, situated right next to Cebu City, is an industrial city teeming with several factories and manufacturing facilities. MCCI is a highly professional and responsive support organization to the varied needs of its members and to the demand of the times.