Doris Magsaysay Ho is Asia CEO Awards 2012 Global Filipino Executive of the Year

Doris Magsaysay Ho, President and CEO of A. Magsaysay, Inc., was recognized as the Global Filipino Executive of the Year at the recently concluded Asia CEO Awards 2012 held last November 8, 2012 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

Asia CEO Awards, presented by the American Express, represents the grandest alliance of local and international business leaders who promote the Philippines on the world stage.  The award ceremony is touted to be one of the largest events in the Asia-Pacific region.
Presented by PLDT Alpha Enterprise, the award recognized Ho’s tireless and inspiring efforts in transforming Magsaysay into becoming one of the trusted and largest human resource companies in the Asia Pacific region. Ho’s affiliations with the APEC Business Advisory Council, PECC-ABAC Joint Task Force on International Labour Mobility, Asia Society New York, The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Bermuda Limited and the Hague Process on Refugees and Migration, has allowed her to rally her vision of a global framework that benefits the sending and receiving economies as well as the global worker. The award was received by her children, Alexandra Maxwell Cecala and Jesse Maxwell.

“Thank you to the Asia CEO Awards for giving me this prestigious recognition. It has indeed been a privilege to work with the most wonderful partners and colleagues—the men and women that make up Magsaysay. I dedicate this award to the thousands of colleagues who brave the high seas away from home in pursuit of their profession and careers. I have always been inspired by their amazing dedication, courage and pursuit of excellence,” said Ho.

Other finalists of the said category included Bansan Choa (I-Remit), Bong Borja (NCO Group), Butch Campos (Del Monte Pacific), Hans Sicat (Philippine Stock Exchange), Jim Tobojka (Schneider Electric) and Tony Aquino (Ayala Land). 

Magsaysay Maritime Corporation (MMC), the manning arm of the Magsaysay Group of Companies, was also a finalist in the Quality Excellence Company category along with Cognizant, Dusit Thani Manila, Fluor, Hewlett-Packard, Maersk Global Services Centres, Manila Doctors Hospital, Maxim, Schneider Electric and Telus International. MMC has previously won awards in 2011 and 2010 for Executive Leadership Team of the Year and HR Leadership Team of the Year respectively.


Professional Culinary Arts students of the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) were hailed as the Ultimate Chef Warriors in the Chef Wars competition at the recently concluded 10th National Food Showdown held last October 19-21, 2016 at the Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Philippines. 


Chef Wars, considered the main event of the National Food Showdown, is a 60-minute live cooking contest. MIHCA’s winning trio—Carla Felize C. Cruz, Prince Jeffrey C. Tan and Jaime Bañas—represented Team Luzon and bested the groups of Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa of Team Visayas and Monster Kitchen Academy of Team Mindanao. Team Luzon was supported and coached by MIHCA Instructors, Chef Mike S. Navarra and Chef Joan D. Pineda.


MIHCA students prepared a 3-course masterpiece with shrimp as the main ingredient—Anchovy Glazed Shrimp set on Vanilla Scented Beignets, Open Face Thermidor, Salad, Calamansi Emulsion, Potato Leek Soup and Herb Soil as hot appetizer; Shrimp Flan with Calamansi Gelée, Herb Marinated Shrimp, Pickled Vegetables, Coral and Mango Aioli as cold appetizer; and Shrimp and Lapu-Lapu Roulade, Potato Fritters, Root Vegetables with Bacon Beurre Blanc with Chive Oil as the main course. 


A member of the Magsaysay People Resources Corporation, MIHCA is at the forefront of training and producing job-ready professionals in the fields of hospitality, tourism and culinary arts. MIHCA has three campuses in the Philippines—Manila, Makati and Cebu—and a campus in Jakarta, Indonesia. Each campus houses state-of-the-art facilities including kitchen laboratories, bars and fine dining restaurants, mock-up hotel rooms and cruise cabins.​