By Mark Garcia
BACOLOD CITY – Mayor Evelio Leonardia is one of the finalists in two of 20 categories, Lifetime Excellence Award and Mentor of the Year Award of the Asia Leaders Awards (ALA) 2018.
The City of Bacolod is also a finalist in the Tourism Company of the Year Award.
“This is not personal at all. Any recognition we get such as those coming from National Competitiveness Council (NCC) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) are all due to the people of Bacolod because they are the reason why all these positive developments are happening,” Leonardia said.
ALA, a culmination of Asia Leaders Forum, recognizes and acknowledges leading men and women in various industries who have exhibited exemplary leadership and contributed to the promotion of the country as a premier business hub in Asia.
The Gala Night and awarding ceremony will be held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel in Manila on Nov. 15.
There are 30 finalists in the Lifetime Excellence category, including Leonardia for city governance.
Among the other finalists are Dr. Andrew Tan of Megaworld for real estate, Gina Lopez of ABS-CBN for environment, and former Senator Rene Saguisag for human rights.
The ALA Lifetime Excellence award recognizes a notable individual for his/her outstanding personality and exceptional commitment in improving the business environment of the country.
The ALA Mentor of the Year Award recognizes persons who demonstrate a strong commitment to help the Filipinos and beyond, and possesses courage, leadership and moral value to develop and impart new perspective in both business and career.