Globe, BPI, Ayala Corp. and Ayala Land top executives meet with community leaders in New York, New Jersey
NEW YORK – Over 100 members, leaders and influencers of the Filipino American community attended the meet-and-greet with the officers of the Ayala Group of Companies, including Ambassador Marciano Paynor, Jr. who is now Consultant heading the external and government relations of Ayala Corporation.
The Philippines’ top conglomerate and service provider of essential life needs is expanding its services to Filipinos overseas with the announcement of several products and initiatives customized to their personal and professional needs.
“I joined Ayala the day after I retired in 2014 but the day after that, I was back in government,” Ambassador Paynor shared. “Before I joined Ayala Corporation, I really didn’t know that it was composed of a lot of other companies. We are in utilities, energy, hydro plants, medical field, among others.”
Since 1834, Ayala has been building businesses that transform industries, challenging the status quo to bring game changing innovations and pioneering products and services in the Philippines and all over the world.
“If there’s one thing that I found out about Ayala in my three years with them, it is that Ayala Corporation’s objectives are always parallel to government’s development goals,” Mr. Paynor added. “Another thing that Ayala is known for is seeing potential when there is a challenge and they do that in order to improve people’s lives.”
Earlier in the week, leaders from the different Ayala companies also met Filipino and Filipino American communities at the Philippine Fiesta in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Ayala Corporation is the holding company of one of the oldest and largest business groups in the Philippines. It maintains a tradition of excellence, and integrity has run continuously through seven generations, adhering to the principles and ideals that had brought it to existence more than 180 years ago.
Today, Ayala has leadership positions in real estate, financial services, telecommunications, water infrastructure, electronics manufacturing, automotive distributorship and dealership, and business process outsourcing, and new investments in power generation, transport infrastructure, and education.
Ayala’s commitment to corporate social responsibility is largely expressed through Ayala Foundation’s programs that cover education, youth leadership, sustainable livelihood, and art and culture. Gearing up to move further forward, Ayala draws on its heritage and experience to fulfill its brand promise of ‘Pioneering the Future’.
Joining Ambassador Paynor at the event were Ayala Land led by Mr. Manuel Arbues II, Regional Head of North America and the Middle East, Ayala Land International Sales, Inc., the marketing arm of Ayala Land Inc.; BPI Senior Vice President and head of Transaction Banking Group Mr. Manuel Tagaza and Globe’s Marketing VP for International Business Carmina Villo.
Among the guests were Ambassador Teodoro Locsin, Jr., Consul General Tess Dizon- De Vega, Ambassador Mario de Leon, Jr. and community leaders from northeast USA.
Consul General De Vega thanked Ayala Land and Globe for being sponsors of the recently concluded Ambassadors Tour to the Philippines. De Vega shared that each of the almost 200 members of the delegation received a SIM card in their packets so they could immediately communicate with their friends and relatives upon arrival in Manila.
De Vega also cited a Morgan Stanley report saying that the Philippines is looking at a 6.8 percent growth for the second quarter of the year, which puts it within striking range of the government’s target which is 7 percent by the end of the year.
“The private sector is a major engine for this and Ayala has always been there. Your experts and consultants have been serving on government advisory boards. It gives the government a sense on what’s happening on the ground,” De Vega said.
Arbues talked about Ayala Land and its projects, among them sustainable estates, offering a diverse mix of properties such as residential, retail, office, hotels, and leisure developments, that enhance land and enrich lives, while contributing to nation-building and the Philippines’ economic growth.
Tagaza talked about BPI, established in 1851 as the first bank in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia and the remittance businesses of the bank. He said BPI has always been supportive of programs and activities meant to improve the life of the overseas Filipino by offering them convenient remittance solutions, and helping them meet their financial goals.
“BPI has taken up this advocacy of guiding every overseas Filipino plan and manage the money he earns abroad,” Tagaza said. “We take time to understand the financial goals of the overseas Filipinos and help them make informed financial decisions to fulfill their aspirations for themselves and their loved ones.”
By taking part in the “Fiesta in America” event, BPI provided financial advice on remittance and other banking needs of the Filipino community in the New York Metropolitan Area. “We want our kababayans to understand the importance of channeling their remittances from consumption spending to more long-term investments like real-estate to secure their future,” Tagaza added.
For Globe, it is about strengthening its product portfolio for the 3.5 million Filipinos in North America.
Villo said that they aim to add to the 60 million Filipinos it currently serves by offering Duo International, which assigns a U.S. number to the overseas Filipinos’ family members in the Philippines. “This way, our kababayans in the U.S. can now enjoy telebabad sessions with family and friends back home at a very affordable price of $10.00 per month and $4.00 per week’, Villo said. (Momar G. Visaya/AJPress)