UB’s Joel Locquiao (center) with (from left) Rex Wallen Tan, general manager of Hopkins International Partners, a partner of the program; Leslie Anne Murray, managing editor of AmCham Philippines; David Caldwell, co-chairman of the program; and Demetrio Salipsip Jr., executive director of the AmCham Foundation
A student of the University of Baguio (UB) has been part of the annual Business Leadership Program of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) – one of the nation’s major youth leadership gatherings – conducted in Makati last April 10-19.
Joel Locquiao, a fourth year BS Accountancy student of the University, joined 30 other participants from across the country to form this year’s pack for the program.
The eight-day conference – which ran on its 13th year – included immersing the participants in multinational corporation visits, business presentations, mentoring sessions with business executives, and a group work on a Harvard business case study, enabling them to bond and learn from each other.
The program put emphasis on geographical, cultural and socio-economic diversity “so as to form a group that truly represents the Philippines.”
“[The leadership program provided an] opportunity for me to build a new network of friends and gain knowledge which I can use at school especially at work in the future. [I had the chance] to congregate with the program’s alumni, the US embassy officers, and the AmCham directors, members and company partners,” said Locquiao.
Locquiao and a student from Benguet State University represented the Cordillera Administrative Region to the summit.
The participants were selected based on their academic, leadership, and extra-curricular performances. Prior to the final selection, the candidates were asked to write an essay and were subjected to a series of interviews with the program committee.
Last year, UB’s Kama-i Sulikam Okubo was part of the program.
The program has provided over 300 alumni with careers in some of the nation’s biggest companies as well as in the government.
AmCham – founded in 1920 – is affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A. – Joan Marie Cariño and Diego Serrano Jr.
Joan Marie Cariño and Diego Serrano Jr. are students of the UB School of Business Administration and Accountancy.