The Glory

MIKE ABOUT TOWN - Mike Toledo - The Philippine Star
The Glory
MPIC’s mWell 2023 Global Mobile (GLOMO) Award.

This isn’t about the highly popular Korean drama that is currently trending on an equally popular video streaming service. Rather, this is about moments of fame and admiration gained by doing something rather impressive.

For starters, mWell, the health technology platform of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), won the most coveted Global Mobile or GLOMO Award for Best Mobile Innovation for Digital Life in awarding ceremonies held during the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The GLOMO Awards, known as the Oscars of the mobile industry, enlists the professional expertise of more than 200 independent judges from across the world, comprised of leading industry and subject matter experts, analysts, journalists, and academics. It celebrates companies, individuals, and governments who have driven the greatest innovation in mobile and adjacent industries.

mWell emerged as the sole winner from the Philippines across all categories of the awards.

Peter Manzano, StratDev Philippines co-founder and director Ronnie Siasoyco, Ethiopia Business Consul and StratDev Philippines co-founder David Ackerman, StratDev Philippines co-founder, president and CEO, Trade and Industry Secretary Fred Pascual, Dr. Bernie Villegas, the author, StratDev Philippines co-founder and chairman lawyer Philip Nazareno, and StratDev Philippines co-founder and director Butch Disini.

mWell is the country’s first fully integrated and fully digital health and wellness app that seeks to bring healthcare closer to Filipinos wherever they may be. At their fingertips, users have access to quality but affordable healthcare and wellness programs anytime, anywhere. It breaks down geographic boundaries through technology, giving 24/7 access to primary care doctors, specialists, mind health experts, home care experts, emergency services, fitness, and food and nutrition programs.

mWell believes in uplifting the lives of Filipinos through proper healthcare and medical care as a prerequisite to national progress. It is the only healthcare app among the convener organizations and supporting companies of the GoDigital Pilipinas Movement.

According to Manuel V. Pangilinan, MPIC chairman, president and CEO, “Digitalization is pivotal in MPIC’s commitment to ushering national progress. Shepherding advancements across all essential sectors, primarily health, furthers our mission to improve the lives of all Filipinos.”

mWell CEO Chaye Cabal-Revilla, who is also MPIC chief Finance, Risk and Sustainability officer, said in her acceptance speech, “Your appreciation of our efforts inspires us to keep going and to remain at the forefront of digital healthcare in the Philippines. As the country’s first and only health and wellness mega app, our innovative digital solutions continue to respond to our country’s needs, ensuring good health, and enabling economic productivity and nation-building through a fully integrated, sustainable, and future-proof digital platform.”

Congratulations, MPIC and mWell for this outstanding achievement!

Javi Toledo, the author, Bing Carrion and Jacobo Mantecon.


Also recently, my good friend, retired Marine Col. Ariel Querubin, was awarded “Cavalier of the Year” by his alma mater, the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) as a tribute to his courage, loyalty and integrity both in the military and in the private sector.

Querubin is touted to be the most be-medaled soldier in Philippine history and is himself an awardee of the Medal of Valor, the highest military award in the country.

The “Cavalier of the Year” award was bestowed on Querubin by no less than his “mistah,” President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (PBBM), in the recent PMA alumni homecoming at Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City. PBBM is an adopted member of PMA Class 1979.

Congratulations and a snappy salute to you, Ariel!

The first quarter of this year is about to come to a close, so we expect a briefing once more, but towards the end of last year, StratDev Philippines, a locally based consultancy firm for strategic relations, led by its founders Trade and Industry Secretary Fred Pascual, Ronnie Siasoyco, David Ackerman, lawyer Philip Nazareno, and Butch Disini, launched its Initial Quarterly Briefing through an economic forum held at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City.

The forum had Secretary Pascual and economist Dr. Bernie Villegas as speakers. I had the honor of being the moderator of this highly significant event.

Also present were distinguished members of the diplomatic corps, top national and local government officials and distinguished personalities from the business sector.

Both Secretary Pascual and Dr. Villegas discussed the Philippine economy under the PBBM administration, as well as the industrialization strategy for the country.

We look forward to the next Stratdev quarterly briefing to discuss the burning strategic issues and concerns of the day. In this VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) world we live in, we need to keep ourselves constantly abreast of what is happening and, more importantly, what needs to be done.


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