Who will be the next Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines?

Left: Dennis Uy
Right: Ricardo F. Lagdameo

Recognizing Filipino entrepreneurs who leverage on challenging old paradigms with innovative ideas and propositions in order to develop sustainable enterprises and help transform industries is the very core of the Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines (EOY). 

This year, individuals who thrive in the age of technology to lead, inspire and empower are what the EOY Search is looking for.

Since launching in 2003, the EOY Philippines has become one of the most prestigious award-giving event in the local business community.

This year’s theme “Disrupt. Transform. Inspire!” encapsulates the power of an idea that can inspire a business evolution and eventually, change the world. 


Jollibee Foods  Corporation President and CEO, Tony Tan Caktiong, was the first Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines winner who went on to win the 2004 World Entrepreneur Of The Year award in Monte Carlo, Monaco. 

Past  awardees include Socorro “Nanay Coring” Cancio-Ramos (Founder and General Manager of National Book Store (2004)); Lance Gokongwei, (President and CEO of  Cebu Air, Inc.); Senen Bacani, (Chairman and President of La Frutera, Inc.); Wilfred  Steven Uytengsu, Jr., (President and CEO of Alaska Milk Corporation); Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting  (Chairman and President of Planters Development Bank); Tennyson Chen (President of Bounty Fresh Food Inc); Erramon I. Aboitiz (President and CEO of Aboitiz Power Corporation); Jaime I. Ayala (Founder and CEO, Hybrid Social Solutions Inc.); Ben Chan (Chairman of Suyen Corporation); Nix Nolledo (Chairman and CEO of Xurpas, Inc.); and Natividad Cheng (Chairperson and CEO of Multiflex RNC Philippines, Inc.).


EOY Philippines has also found numerous entrepreneurs from the Mindanao region. These include Senen Bacani (Founder of La Frutera, Inc. and was named the Entrepreneur of the Year and Master Entrepreneur in 2006); Ferdinand Marañon  (President and CEO of Sagrex Corporation); Jonathan Suy (General Manager of Jomaray Pulp Packing Industries); Dennis Uy (President and CEO of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc.); Ronnel Rivera (President of Gensan Shipyard & Machine Works Inc.); Engr. Remegio Salanatin (Corporate President of R.G. Salanatin Construction Inc.); Ricardo Lagdameo (Vice President of Damosa Land Inc.); and Ireneo Dalayon (CEO of Federation of ARB/Banana-Based Cooperative of Davao).

The Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2019 is open to all Filipino entrepreneurs. To qualify, a nominee must be a Filipino business owner or founder who is primarily responsible for the growth of his or her company. 

Nominee must still be active in business, which must have been in operation for at least two years. 

A completed nomination form, audited financial statements, and other business documents are also required. 

Nominations for the award may be submitted online at https://geoy.ey.com until 31 May 2019. 

For nomination forms and other information, contact the Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines secretariat (Yin Maldonado) at 891-0307 local 7768 or e-mail eoyinfo@ph.ey.com.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program was founded in the United States by Ernst & Young (EY) in 1986. In the Philippines, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program was established in 2003 by the SGV Foundation, Inc.