Also in this issue:
PEOPLE OF THE YEAR 2013
Helen Yuchengco Dee
Father Gerard Deveza
Dr. Steve Mark Gan
Gov. Jonvic Remulla
Lifetime Achievement Award: Socorro Ramos
Honoring the best of the best in people
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” And so goes the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ historical novel A T ale of Two Cities – articulating the sentiment of many Filipinos who see the devastation brought by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake and T yphoon Y olanda during the latter part of 2013 as “the worst of times.” Still, they are gratified at the outpouring of help and kindness shown by people from all over the world, which proves that the worst of tragedies can bring out the best in people.
And this is what PeopleAsia magazine and the “People of the Year” awards is all about – we highlight the best in people, going beyond looks, age, gender, creed, political color and social status as we recognize and honor their individual contributions that make a difference in the lives of many. Allow us to drumbeat a little, as we are convinced that this is precisely the reason why our magazine continues to be one of the most popular in the country, as we are celebrating our 14th year in the business.
In this special “People of the Year” issue, we have on the cover Miss W orld 2013 Megan Y oung, who epitomizes not only physical beauty but beauty in spirit as embodied by Filipinos who have displayed kindness, compassion, sympathy and strength even in the midst of tragedy. Megan is the first Filipina to win the Miss World title and she has proven the pageant’s credo of “beauty with a purpose,” spearheading fundraising efforts for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, participating in Red Cross humanitarian missions and visiting the ravaged areas in Samar, Leyte and Cebu.
National Book Store founder Socorro “Nanay Coring” Ramos, our Lifetime Achievement Awardee for Education, grew up poor and went through difficult times during World War II, but her story proves that one can overcome adversity through hard work and dedication to build a business empire from scratch.
Our awardees this year have proven themselves in their respective professions – business, sports, entertainment, fashion, politics, medicine, hospitality, even the clergy. We have Helen Yuchengco Dee, chair of Rizal Banking Commercial Corp. and one of the most talented businesswomen in the country; Ed Chua, country chairman of Shell Companies in the Philippines; five-time PBA Coach of the Year awardee Chot Reyes whose team Smart Gilas Pilipinas won silver at the recent FIBA Asia championship; “Dentist of the Stars” Dr. Mark Gan whose Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center is the most advanced dental implant center in the country today; and Australian Thomas Meyer, managing director of the newly opened Raffles and Fairmont Makati Hotels in Makati City.
Within the pages of this magazine, you will also read the compelling tales of entertainment stalwarts Nora Aunor, a multi-awarded actress who continues to inspire the loyalty of her followers; Pop Diva Kuh Ledesma who has performed in over 1,000 concerts all over the world in the course of her career that spans more than three decades; award-winning film director Brillante Mendoza, who won Best Director at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival and was knighted to the French Order of the Arts and Letters by the French government; and “Prince of Indie” Coco Martin whose compelling portrayals have earned for him awards from various bodies such as Gawad Urian.
Also joining this year’s list of “People of the Year” are Fr. Gerard Deveza, a full-time healing minister working with underprivileged kids in Sorsogon; designer Criselda Lontok, whose work has earned for her the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rustan Group of Companies; Cory Vidanes, a top executive of ABS- CBN, the largest media conglomerate in the country; and from the prominent political clan in Cavite, Gov. Jonvic Remulla.
We also have a special awardee in the person of Alexandra Eduque, a young lady whose volunteer work with the poor through Habitat for Humanity has been recognized by international institutions. PeopleAsia also salutes the MVP Group of Companies by recognizing their extensive relief operations for disaster-ravaged provinces all over the country.
Once again, we thank our loyal readers and advertisers for supporting us all these years. You are the reason why our magazine continues to inspire our hardworking staff, and why, on its 14th year, PeopleAsia continues to be the best of the best in the country today.