National Competitions

Highlights from the Enactus Philippines National Competition

  • August 16, 2016
  • By: Brett Sinn

Quick Facts Results

  • National Champion:
    Mariano Marcos State University
  • Second Place:
    University of the Philippines – Los Banos
  • Third Place:
    Holy Trinity College of General Santos City
  • Fourth Place :
    Sultan Kudarat State University: Access Campus

Over 300 students, accompanied by nearly 100 faculty and administrators, gathered at the SMX Convention Center in Metro Manila, Philippines on 8 July all with one goal in mind: to be named the 2016 Philippines National Champion. Surrounded by excitement, anticipation and passion, 51 industry-leading executives served as opening round judges tasked with narrowing down 13 spirited teams into a final round of four teams. Finalists were evaluated by 41 final round judges, one deserving team eventually named National Champion.

With the team! SKSU-Isulan Campus. #enactusphl

A photo posted by Lexoy Constantino (@lex0y) on

Attendees were greeted with a Welcome Ceremony and Networking Reception where team delegates had the opportunity to interact and converse with not only their peers, but also national leaders and a collection of influential executives, all equally dedicated to the impact of entrepreneurial action. An acapella performance by GSYNC, a collegiate acapella band from Adamson University, excited the crowd and transitioned the evening to the keynote speakers.

First to the podium was Enactus Philippines CEO and Chairman, Mr. Jose P. Leviste, Jr., who welcomed participants, sponsors and guests with an empowering address. Salvador Panelo, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, Office of the President, took the stage next and spoke to the importance of individual action as the first step to igniting societal change. Mr. Ramon Lopez, Department of Trade and Industry, followed with an additional keynote speech commending the student leaders for going beyond themselves to invest in the communities around them. Applauding their passion, Mr. Lopez noted, “Things are different when we have an enterprising mindset. We don’t give fish. We empower the nation how to fish.” To conclude the ceremony and reception, guests heard an inspirational message from Mr. Julian Payne, Canada Chamber of Commerce Philippines.

After the opening round of team presentations, everyone was eager to find out which teams would advance to the final round. Audiences around the world could keep up with the event thanks to the on-site social ambassadors who provided live event updates via social media. While the social ambassadors shared highlights from the entire two-day event, they shined a special spotlight on one team from each of the four national leagues with Enactus Team Talks.

Once the finalists were announced, the social ambassadors also featured those final four teams and the projects that took them to the top. A suspenseful second round of presentations and judging determined a National Champion, and Mariano Marcos State University took home the trophy. Students, administrators and professionals came from all over the Philippines to celebrate the impact of entrepreneurial action, but even if you couldn’t be there in person, the dedicated social ambassadors made sure you were kept in the loop.

The team presented two projects: Opening Gates, which centers around mushroom production as a new source of income for members in their community; and Breaking Waves, which empowers residents of a frequented tourist destination in the Virgin Islands to maximize their local natural resources. The team will now prepare to represent their country at the Enactus World Cup in Toronto. Team Leader Patrick John Quitoriano is determined to make his team a World Champion in addition to being named a National Champion: “To be the World Cup Champion is both an honor and a responsibility. For how many years that Enactus PHL is joining the Enactus World Cup, we never bagged the Championship. But we have portrayed a positive image in the whole world…” Read the rest of Patrick’s inspiring post below.

Students and guests also heard from His Excellency Neil Reeder, Ambassador of Embassy of Canada in the Philippines, who spoke during the awarding ceremony and welcomed the champion team to Canada.

Be sure to keep up with social ambassadors on the road to Toronto to stay up to date on all the competing teams in their journey to be named World Champion.

To be inspired is great; to inspire is incredible. #enactusphl #weallwin

A photo posted by Grätsi Nav 💋 (@babydolldatsii) on