Wednesday, January 28, 2015

National Finance Summit 2015: Ground Zero for Global Competitiveness

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A staggering 4,500+ attendees filled up the 2nd level of SMX Convention Center MOA last January 24, 2015 for one of the biggest gatherings of college students I've been to. I was surprised so many came from many parts of the country. I am glad many of the students from as far as he provinces and other key cities from different regions were able to come to Manila.

The National Finance Summit 2015 gathered together Finance student members of the Junior Confederation of Finance Associations - Philippines (JCFAP) to listen to several distinguished speakers from top level companies share their financial strategies, tips and personal career paths to educate, motivate and inspire many of our future Finance leaders.

JCFAP is the umbrella organization of over 90 college-based finance organizations in the country and is currently compose of more than 7,000 members. It is amazing that out of the 7,000 members, more than half were able to attend such a phenomenal gathering.

Anton Mauricio and Alexander Gilles, advisers of the JCFAP, along with Kathryn Bisnar, National President of JCFAP, and the rest of the JCFAP officers, officiated the event proper with welcome remarks, and introductory speeches presenting the 7 guest speakers composed of Wilhelmina Manalac, Managing Director at Bangko Sentyral ng Pilipinas; Jeng Pascual, Country Controller and Finance Director of Shell Philippines Exploration; Edmund Lee, President of Caylum Trading Institute; Brian Hachez, President of GDS Link Asia Philippines; Salve Duplito, News Personality at ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC); Ed Valencia, CEO of Deutsche Bank; and Edric Mendoza, Lead Anchor of ANC's On The Money.

We are proud to also say that or Wazzup Pilipinas is an online media partner of the event. We are always glad to support our students - the future leaders of the country.

All of the the speakers gave the students several learning opportunities and thoughts to ponder including pieces of advice on the best earning opportunities like dabbling on stocks and other long-terms investments. One of the speakers that tackled investments stated that why do we need to save money on the banks, when we can be part owners of the big and successful companies. Of course they are referring to having shares of the popular companies. The facts presented on stage leads many to realize that there is such a things as a good debt, and a bad debt, promoting only the good debts to ensure a better future.

The hosts were smart and full of confidence as they officiated the event. Though they made the frequent mistake of calling Wazzup Pilipinas by another name.

Anton Mauricio
Alexander Gilles

Kathryn Bisnar

Wilhelmina Manalac of BSP

Jeng Pascual of Shell Petroleum Exploration

Edmund Lee of Caylum Trading Institute

Brian Hachez of GDS Link Asia

Ed Valencia of Deutsche Bank
Salve Duplito of ABS-CBN News Channel On The Money
Edrick mendoza of ABS-CBN News Channel OnThe Money
Elijah Mendoza

Another speaker related her past experiences belonging to a poor family but now she is proud to be part of one of the biggest television network in the country. Even at a height below 4 feet, she left us with a message that you alone will define your value no matter how other people "crumple" or step on you.

The last speaker (and so we thought) left us so surprised and at a loss for words when his 11 year old son stepped on stage and share a testimony of how he was able to reach a 21% gain of his stocks at an early age thanks to his father who taught him how to invest his money earlier in his youth. The speaker and his son talked about becoming good stewards as one of their guiding principles in life. All the riches in the world belong to a higher being that you have to share your blessings to other needy people.

The other speakers may have been a bit on the technical side of their topics which offered more educational opportunities that they could use as they proceed into life as one of the working professionals or business owners of the country, or worked for foreign companies in and outside the Philippines.

What we are assured that these students had their own very special take-aways from the National Finance Summit 2015 that would be beneficial in their understanding of financial systems and other related topics. I do hope everyone gained valuable information and a reshaping of attitudes and behaviors fitted for the next Finance gurus.

It is admirable as well that they had a search for the 10 outstanding Financial students of the country.

Maybe someday, we will see them again but this time on stage as one of the distinguished speakers who will now try their best to connect and engage with the young eager minds of the next generation.

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