October 18, 2023 | General News


Saint Paul School of Professional Studies (SPSPS) takes justify stage as it proudly hosts the Leyte Business Forum, a pivotal event that marks the commencement of the 17th Leyte Business Month Conference on October 18, 2023. The forum, which brought together a remarkable panel of esteemed business professionals and luminaries, is a congregation of the brightest business minds and promises to spark innovation and pave the way for a brighter economic future in the province of Leyte.

The illustrious panel was comprised of some of the brightest minds in the business world:

Don Carlo P. Hernandez, CFA

Vice President and Head of Trust, Maybank Philippines, Inc.

Rex Maria A. Mendoza

Chairman, Rampver Financials, Inc., 

Chairman of the Board, Singlife Philippines 

Lead Independent Director, Ayala Land Logistics Holdings Corporation

Earl Andrew A. Aguirre

Assistant Vice President and Markets Strategist, Metropolitan Bank & Trust, Co.

Felipe O. Calderon, CPA, CMA, PhD

Associate Professor, Asian Institute of Management

Head, Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business

Executive Director, Gov. Jose B. Fernandez, Jr. Center for Sustainable Finance

This exceptional group of business visionaries shared their insights, expertise, and vision for the future of business in Leyte and the broader Philippine landscape. The forum, skillfully moderated by Melvin Esteban, CEO of Welead Financial Advisory and an award-winning learning and development specialist and wealth manager, provided a platform for these luminaries to discuss the pressing issues and opportunities facing the province.

The Leyte Business Forum was a joint effort by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce, Tacloban-Leyte, Inc., the province of Leyte, and the Local Government of Palo, Leyte. The active involvement of Saint Paul School of Professional Studies as one of the sponsors underscored the institution’s dedication to advancing economic development, promoting entrepreneurship, and nurturing a vibrant business community in the region.

The forum served as a vital channel for networking, knowledge sharing, and exploring new avenues of growth. In an era marked by rapidly changing economic landscapes, it offered a crucial platform for business leaders to discuss innovations, challenges, and best practices.

Dr. Erwin Vincent G. Alcala, CPA, shared his excitement about the school’s involvement in the forum, stating, “We are proud to be part of this transformative event that highlights the importance of collaboration and knowledge sharing among business leaders. We believe that education and innovation are the key drivers of economic progress, and we are committed to playing a leading role in the development of Leyte’s business landscape.”

As the Leyte Business Forum concluded, it left behind a lasting impact that extended far beyond the walls of SPSPS. It was a powerful reminder that collaboration, innovation, and knowledge sharing are the cornerstones of sustainable economic development. Saint Paul School of Professional Studies, in its pivotal role as a sponsor and host of the event, reaffirmed its dedication to shaping a future filled with possibilities for businesses and individuals in the region.

The Leyte Business Forum was not just a conference; it was a celebration of the power of collaboration and knowledge. It was a reaffirmation of SPSPS’s commitment to excellence and innovation in the world of business, and a testament to the bright future that lies ahead for Leyte and the entire nation.

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