UB’s Dayanara C. Villanueva (3rd from right) with business plan teammates, 1st Vice President of the AmCham Board of Directors Frank Thiel (extreme left), and the Honorary Chairman of AmCham Foundation Board of Trustees DCM Michel Klecheski (extreme right).
Dayanara Villanueva, a fourth year Accountancy student from the University of Baguio School of Business Administration and Accountancy, has been part of the 14th Business Leadership Program (BLP) of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (Amcham), a 10-day event that immerses student participants in different leadership and management activities.
Villanueva was among the group of 32 students who took part in the program. The final 32 were chosen from a pool of over 300 applicants who came from all parts of the country.
The program, held at the AIM Conference Center in Makati last April 1-10, included discussions with renowned executives from the corporate members of AmCham such as Mead Johnson Nutrition, Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and Chevron, among others.
The participants sat down with Philip Goldberg, US Ambassador to the Philippines. They also met with Jose Cuisia Jr., the country’s ambassador to the US, and had the chance to talk with Donna Blair, Consul General of the US Manila Embassy, during the BLP night. Likewise, they were given the opportunity to take the Test of English for International Communication, or TOEIC.
Towards the end of the activity, the delegates were grouped for a competition on business planning. Villanueva and her group drafted a plan which they called “Casa Espesyal,” a project which features a restaurant that hires persons with disabilities. The business presentations were critiqued by eight chief executive officers from major local and international corporations based in Makati. Villanueva’s team won second place, awarded during the awards night at the New World Makati Hotel.
“We go back to our homes and respective communities not just bringing honor – we go back with a huge responsibility to use our learnings to uplift our country. With the knowledge and experience we have gained, this is a challenge we willingly take on. Despite the diversity in geography, religion and personality, we became united with the vision of making the Philippines – and ultimately the world – a better place,” Villanueva said.
Joel Locquiao, a graduating Accountancy student of UB, was part of the program last year. – Dayanara Villanueva