The Manitoba Filipino Business Council (MFBC) hosted its 5th annual gala awards evening at the Delta Hotel last month to honour outstanding leadership and entrepreneurship in the Filipino business community. Over 30 individuals and businesses were nominated for four awards – Small Business of the Year, Business Executive of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Contribution to the Community awards. One new award announced and presented by MFBC President, Hipilito Alibin Jr was the Board of Directors Excellence award and was presented to Joelle Foster of Futurepreneur Canada.
Additional presenations include a cheque donation to Maria Toscano of the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Community Leader award presented to Perla Javate, Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba.
The celebrity guest chef was Masterchef Jeremy Senaris as he collaborated with Chef Albert Lalu and the Delta Hotel to present an amazing compliment of dishes throughout the gala awards evening.
Board of Directors: Hipolito Alibin, JR – President; Jihan Aquino – Vice-President; Dale Voluntad – Secretary; Ray Mutuc, Treasurer; Jackie Wild, Director, Public Relations and Valen Vergara, Director, Events.
Gala Committee: Jackie Wild, Event Manager; Hipolito Alibin Jr., Jihan Aquino, Dale Voluntad, Alexander R. Mariano Jr., Tes Aiello, Cynthia Reyes, Karl Padpad.
Nomination Committee: Ray Mutuc and Valen Vergara
About the Manitoba Filipino Business Council
The Manitoba Filipino Business Council (MFBC) formally launched in November 2010 at Player’s Golf Course with over 100 Filipino entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals in attendance.
Our vision is to create and grow a community of leaders fostering professional growth, encourage collaboration and leave a legacy for future generations. Our mission is to create a positive environment and provide resources to Filipino Canadian business owners, allowing them to prosper and progress by networking with membership, local leaders and key business influencers.
We build relationships that increase our members’ visibility, recognition and business growth. Together, we cultivate professional development through networking and mentorship.
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