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AFLBS alumni have found their second home in Aboitiz

Ralph Placido and Nina Pedro | June 29, 2017


Modern organizations are challenged to hire “the right people on the bus.  And get the right people in the right seats.” This is the lasting metaphor created by Jim Collins, author of the bestselling book Good to Great. For more than a decade, the Aboitiz Group has strategically invested in future talents programs which has successfully pooled future leader talents committed to drive change for a better world.

Erika Quinones and Jodie Cadampog, alumni of the 11th Aboitiz Future Leaders Business Summit recently joined the Aboitiz Group of Companies. Erika, also an Aboitiz College Scholar (Batch 2014) graduated as Cum Laude from Silliman University with a degree in BS Psychology is currently the HR Events Coordinator under Aboitiz Construction, Inc’s Talent Management team. She is a recipient of the prestigious 2017 University Leadership Award. She completed her internship with the Human Resources departments of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) and AboitizPower Distribution Utilities (AP DU).

“My experience working as an intern equipped me with the necessary skills and training in my new role. Each business unit has a distinct characteristic but one thing remains constant – the Aboitiz culture is evident across all its business units. That’s also the reason why I’ve chosen to kick start my career in a company like Aboitiz.”

-Erika Quinones, AFLBS alumni

Jodie joined AP DU HR as Talent Optimization Associate last May 2017 after completing her internship, also in the same business unit. . She has a BS Psychology degree from University of San Carlos in Cebu, Magna Cum Laude, and is a 2017 Outstanding Graduate awardee during the 34th USC Excellence Awards event.  Jodie believes that she ended up in her HR role serendipitously.

“I met Mr. Anton Perdices during the 11th AFLBS welcome dinner with executives, and expressed my interest to complete my internship at VECO HR. Luckily, Jo Samson and Chris Caberte, HR Managers for VECO and AP DU respectively, were present.  It was Ms. Caberte who invited me to AP DU HR as an intern and the rest is history.  I am truly grateful for the time, effort and knowledge that my mentors have invested and imparted in guiding me through my entire internship journey.  I got to be exposed to the real demands of HR operations.   There are still a lot I have to learn, but I am now officially working with my mentors, and the fact that I get to do Human Resources, which is my interest excites me.”

-Jodie Cadampog, AFLBS alumni

Kiara Nanali, HR Optimization Supervisor for AP DU is one of Jodie’s mentors. She’s also a proud alumna of the 2nd AFLBS and has been actively involved in supporting the Aboitiz Group’s future talents programs. “Hiring an AFLBS alumna like Jodie complements a dynamic HR team like ours. Her valuable contributions make the job easier and more fun because we have someone who has been immersed in the Aboitiz culture. But more than teaching her what the function requires, as her mentor, I ensure that Jodie feels that she has a friend at work whom she can trust and count on.”

To Erika and Jodie, the Aboitiz Future Leaders Business Summit program opened the door to many opportunities for talents like them. Erika shares: So far, it’s been a month since I found my new home. Every day is both a challenge and an opportunity to learn and improve my skills as a professional. My mentors are very supportive and accommodating. They welcome my ideas freely and trust my capabilities. All the more I am fired up to report to my work every day. I mean, there’s so much to learn. Graduating as an Aboitiz Scholar and choosing to start my career within the Aboitiz group, somehow speaks of my being an A-person. I am driven to continually learn and excel in what I do and most of all give back to the community. As our new brand positioning goes: “Advancing Business and Communities”- I want to be part and grow in a company who continues to live up to its group purpose over the years.”

Joining Jodie, Erika and Kiara in the ranks of AFLBS alumni who have found their second home in Aboitiz Group are 47 other brilliant gems spread out in different business units and making a mark in their respective functions:

Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.

Mariel Bontia, Moses Gantuangco, Rogie Abala, Harmone Naparota, Aldwin Dumago, Rachel Reconalla and Hannah Santioque

Aboitiz Foundation

Ricardo Llego


Ian Tumulak, Beryl Manching, Mary Art de Asis, Arianne Manzo, Mary Immaculate Ducot and James Labrigas


Melanie Benitez, Semboy Sebios, Harvey Lanticse, Mark Joseph Cendana, Maxine Taveros, Jezrah Salmayor, Djoanna Carandang, Wyelean Fangsilat, Earl Gio Manuel, Kashmyr Pena and Nino Ibunes

Apo Agua

Jade Gamas

CitySavings Bank

Camille Garcia and Jomes Ibanez


Crystalyn Duran, Freniemer Dacaya, Sayeed Mindalano and Jamie Hernandez

Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.

Richelle Laureta, Elisabeth Baumgart, Warren Tompong, Joni Dumasig, Jo Ann Ramos and Bebeth Canazares

Republic Cement

Jecel Villacorte and Ciarra May De Los Reyes


Krystal Delos Reyes

Unionbank of the Philippines

Kristine Florita, Marl Angelo Alcaide, Geena Karoleia Alindato, John Eric Dagos, Iesous Hernandez and Frietz Perales


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