Inspiring Advice for the New Year From the Top CEOs in the Philippines
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Inspiring Advice for the New Year From the Top CEOs in the Philippines

Inspiring Advice for the New Year From the Top CEOs in the Philippines

Business & Career | January 10, 2022
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To usher in 2022 on a good note, these top CEOs who graduated from Harvard share tips on how you can start the new year right.

2021 was an eventful year for a lot of us, myself included. For one, I’ve been busy with many tablescaping projects for Tablelove by Pinky, managing my businesses, and checking up on my staff, among many other things. Plus, I’ve been finding ways to keep my house safe and sanitized amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. And when I’m not working, I’m spending time at home with my family and loved ones.

With 2021 coming to an end, we’re all looking forward to what 2022 will offer. While many of us are jotting down our new year’s resolutions and plans, I’d like to share with you some insightful advice and wishes that my CEO friends from Harvard Business School would like you to know:

RAJ UTTAMCHANDANI: Chairman and CEO of Esquire Financing

What is your New Year’s wish?

To HELP entrepreneurs live progressively [by] providing entrepreneurs with the opportunity to rebuild and regrow in these resilient times.

What advice can you share with young entrepreneurs for the year 2021? 

For young entrepreneurs—follow your dream. Start with a vision and make it happen. Ideas without execution are wasted opportunities.

ANTHONY PANGILINAN: Chairman and Chief Distributor of The Anthony Pangilinan Group

What is your New Year’s wish?

Leaders working with micro-influencers in communities who seek the truth and the good of mankind!

What advice can you share with young entrepreneurs for the year 2021? 

Don’t be greedy. Save your money and help the needy.

JATIN LALWANI: CEO of Market Reach and International Resources

What is your New Year’s wish?

[My] New Year’s wish is to continue prioritizing both physical and mental health above all else and [to] spend more and more time with my loved ones.

What advice can you share with young entrepreneurs for the year 2021? 

I wish for young entrepreneurs [to] keep challenging themselves and [not to] let self-doubt eat away at them. Every great thing started as a challenge. Once you start moving in the right direction, support other entrepreneurs and create an ecosystem of people who can guide you and whom you can guide.

DANIEL IBASCO: President of FortmanCline Capital Markets

What is your New Year’s wish?

My New Year’s wish is for the country to have one, a fair and honest election, and two, people voting wisely, especially after so much suffering and abuse the country has experienced over the years. [I’m likewise] hoping [that] our country turns around for the greater good.

What advice can you share with young entrepreneurs for the year 2021? 

I wish [that] young entrepreneurs are able to achieve the same level of success as our neighboring countries, especially in the digital economy. Also hoping for more local-grown talent with less dependence on foreign-trained or imported talent.

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Pinky is the President and CEO of Progressive Laboratories, Qualibet Testing Services Corp. and KPP Powers Commodities. A chemist by profession, she is also the President of the Association of the Bureau of Animal Industry Registered Companies and Recognized Testing Laboratories (ABAIL). A humanitarian at heart, Pinky hosts a weekly online show called Grateful Tuesdays. On top of all this, she is also a wife and a mother of two.
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