Teresita “Tessie” Sy-Coson currently holds the positions of vice-chairperson of SM Investments Corporation (SMIC) and chairperson of BDO Unibank, the largest full-service universal bank in the country. Aside from these two primary positions, this Assumption College alumna also holds various board and management positions in various companies under the SM Group. She is currently part of the Philippines’ three-member delegation to the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) which provides feedback from the private sector to strenghten the ASEAN’s ongoing efforts towards regional economic integration. Because of her great acumen for business, Sy-Coson was named Asia’s Best CEO by Corporate Governance Asia magazine, one of 10 awards received by the SM group at the 7th Asian Excellence Awards in Hong Kong last June 2017. She has also consistently made it to Fortune’s annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in the World and Forbes Asia’s 50 Power Business Women.
As a three-time Philippine senator, Loren Legarda has proven herself worthy of the post by being the only female candidate to top the senate elections twice. She chairs the Committee on Finance and has increased funding for micro, small, and medium enterprises to help sustain and develop them. She is also the chairperson of the Committee on Climate Change, and was named in 2017 a National Adaptation Plan Champion by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. She also recently finished her Command General Staff Course―the highest military career course of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College―which gives her the rank of a full-fledged colonel. Legarda is a patroness of Filipino art and culture as well, and has paved the way for artists and architects to showcase their work in international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale. These efforts of hers were recognised by the Italian government, who bestowed upon her the prestigious title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, as well as by the Philippine Tatler Ball who gave her the Patroness of the Arts Award.