Those in the know may recognise Tatler Ball as an annual event that gathers charitable forces for the benefit of a worthy organisation. More than a night of good food and merrymaking, Tatler Philippines recognises the power a single person can have in making our community a better place. But aside from the exciting auction done in the name of philanthropy, Tatler Ball also awards some of society's most notable names. This 2022, Tatler Philippines is focusing on three outstanding people who have earned the Diamond Awardee, Cultural Icon, and Impact awards.
Diamond Award: Ramon Ang
There is no doubt that San Miguel Corporation's president and CEO, Ramon Ang, is a veritable force to be reckoned with. Successful yet generous, Ang's works and donations have benefited millions of Filipinos both directly and indirectly. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ang helmed a massive outreach program that amassed over PHP 13 billion in aid. His company had initiated numerous projects for the benefit of disadvantaged communities, medical front liners, and government sectors in need, constructing quarantine facilities and spearheading blood donation drives, all while continuing with construction projects aimed at easing transportation in Metro Manila.
This year, Tatler Philippines recognises the business leader with the Diamond Award, also known as the highest recognition given during the Tatler Ball. Wearing a smart business suit and a cap on his head, Ang humbly took to the stage to make his speech.
"The truth is, I'm no different from most Filipinos, who simply want a better future for their families," he said. "Perhaps what makes my story unique are the personal decisions I have made throughout my life and the values and philosophies I choose to uphold: hardwork, persistence, openness to new ideas, ambition, imagination, and more importantly, genuine concern for others."
Tatler Philippines if fortunate to have found a deserving awardee in Ang, who know joins a proud roster of Diamond Awardee recipients. Past awardees have included Josie Natori, President Fidel V Ramos, and Washinton SyCip, to name a few.