Arise: communications that uplift

Arise: communications that uplift

The golden jubilee book of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) won the Philippine Quill Award for 2021 given by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines.

FINEX 50: Leading on to Wider Frontiers was one of two coffee-table books that were bestowed Quill trophies during the virtual awards night yesterday. This year’s theme is “Arise: Communications That Uplift” and the show was aired live via IABC’s YouTube channel.

Now on its 18th year, the Philippine Quill is the country’s most prestigious awards program in the field of business communication. It emphasizes the use of excellent communication to achieve business goals and to make a difference in society. The golden feather symbolizing a quill writing pen is a universal icon recognized throughout the industry.

Each entry is evaluated using IABC’s highest global standards that measure and determine the finest, sharpest, and brightest among professionals in the business communication sector. This seal of approval has been awarded by IABC Philippines to the most reputable corporations in the nation for nearly two decades.

Winners come from a cross-section of public and private sector organizations, both large and small in terms of scale. The field was very competitive this year, with over 800 entries reviewed by esteemed evaluators.

Released in 2019 with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III as its first recipient, the FINEX coffee-table book is our “labor of love” that documents the milestones of the country’s foremost finance organization. It features the illustrious men and women who are products of this institution, juxtaposed with a parallel narrative on significant events in Philippine history from the time FINEX was formed in 1968 up to its 50th anniversary in 2018.

Media Wise Communications, a multi-awarded design agency based in the Philippines, was the co-publisher of the FINEX golden jubilee book. It will also serve as one of the country’s entries to the 2021 IABC Golden Quill Awards that will be launched during the second quarter in New York City.

After opening the current awards season with its victorious FINEX volume, Media Wise has published another coffee-table book titled A Celebration of Life: 50 Years of the St. Peter Group.

Founded in 1970 by Francisco M. Bautista, the St. Peter Group of Companies has evolved into the Philippines’ number one pre-need group, with some of its subsidiaries ranking among the country’s top corporations. In 1980, Mr. Bautista turned over the company’s leadership to his daughter, Florita Bautista-Vitangcol.

Ms. Vitangcol led the firm for nearly 25 years before becoming its Chair Emeritus in 2004. In turn, she passed the baton to her eldest son, York Vitangcol, who moved up to the Group CEO position while his wife, Dr. Mildred Vitangcol, took over as President of the flagship St. Peter Life Plan.

Over the past five decades, the organization went through several challenging phases. Unshakeable faith combined with a deep commitment to its planholders and employees enabled St. Peter to get to where it is today. Recently, it embarked on a digital journey to meet the demands of the fourth industrial revolution, maintain its industry leadership, and ensure its corporate future.

Originally posted in Business World Online here.


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