Philippines Top Female Pilots

The Philippines has a rich history of women breaking barriers; many have made a name for themselves in male-dominated fields. This is also true in aviation, where women have become top pilots. The women serve as an inspiration to young girls and women who aspire to be pilots themselves. Over the years, the country has produced some of the world's most talented and inspiring female pilots. From making history to inspiring others, these women’s stories are worth sharing:

Capt. Brooke Castillo: Life coach and successful businesswoman Brooke Castillo has made herself a reputation as a skilled aviator in the Philippines. She earned her pilot's license for private use in 2016. Since childhood, Castillo dreamed of being a pilot and exploring the world from above. She took flying lessons and discovered that it was her passion. In her late 30s, Castillo fulfilled her ambition; she has logged hundreds of hours in the cockpit and is an experienced pilot. Castillo's time in the cockpit has broadened her worldview and improved her as a leader on and off the field.

Her experience in the air instilled in her the value of concentration, resolve, and self-control, which are essential for everyone who wants to succeed. Castillo has significantly impacted both the business and aviation sectors. She has published multiple books and appeared as a keynote speaker at a wide variety of events, where she shares her story and advises attendees on how to achieve their own goals. Brooke Castillo's life as a pilot and life coach illustrates her dedication to her career and a desire to impact others' lives. She inspires people worldwide, and most Filipino girls who aspire to pursue careers in the aviation sector look up to her.

Jul Laiza Mae Camposano-Beran: Filipina fighter pilot Jul Laiza Mae made history as the first female pilot in the country's storied Air Force. She's breaking new ground now. When she graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 2015, her athletic prowess was recognised with the Athletic Saber Award. Campsano-Beran completed her initial flight training in 2017 and is now studying to become an advanced combat jet pilot. According to Philippine Air Force spokesman Col. Maynard Mariano, Camposano-Beran has experience flying as a backseat pilot in the FA50, including in battle. Contrary to common belief, she has proven that women can and do hold executive positions on par with men.

Many respondents to a recent survey by the Pew Research Centre said that women and men are roughly equal in terms of crucial leadership attributes like intelligence and the capacity to develop innovative ideas. A minority of society believes that women make superior leaders because of their natural empathy and ability to keep things running smoothly. However, women still face barriers to advancement in many industries. Camposano-accomplishment Ability and potential are not something that should be capped. For other women who aspire to similar careers, it can be a source of inspiration; a catalyst for changing harmful attitudes.

Jessica Cox: Remarkably, Jessica Cox was the first person without arms to become a licensed pilot. Born without arms due to a rare congenital disability, Cox has overcome numerous obstacles and has become a role model for people with disabilities around the world. Cox is an accomplished aviator, having obtained her pilot's license in 2008 and becoming the first person without arms to fly an aircraft using only her feet. She has since flown a number of different aircraft, including a Light-Sport Aircraft, and has travelled to several countries to spread her message of hope and inspiration.

Jessica is a self-inspired motivational speaker and author; her book "Disabled But Enabled" shares her story of overcoming adversity and achieving her dreams. She has inspired many people with disabilities to pursue their passions and goals, regardless of the obstacles. In recognition of her achievements and contribution, Cox has received several awards, including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Prestigious Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy in 2011.

Undoubtedly, the Philippines boasts many remarkable female pilots who are accomplishing incredible feats in the aviation industry. The pilots have taken the sky by storm and made the Philippines proud with their impressive achievements. From the first female pilot in the Philippines to the modern-day flag-bearers who are blazing a trail in the aviation industry, these women inspire thousands of aspiring pilots worldwide.

Jollibee Group in Forbes Worlds Best Employers

Jollibee Group in Forbes Worlds Best Employers

The Jollibee Group, Asia's fastest growing restaurant company, has been recognized by Forbes as one of the World's Best Employers for a third consecutive year. This recognition affirms the brand of care that Jollibee commits to its employees across the globe, which continues to contribute to a rising perception of the company as a world-class employer of choice.

For the third straight year, the Jollibee Group figures on Forbes' list of the World's Best Employers in 2022. The Jollibee Group is not only the highest ranked Philippine-based company in the listing but also the highest ranked restaurant company in the world.

The highest-ranking restaurant company and Philippine-based company on the Forbes 2022 global list, the Jollibee Group has continued to rise up the rankings since it was first included in 2020. The Company's rank rose to 106th this year, a significant jump from 239th and 256th positions it enjoyed in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

"We are honored and grateful to receive this global recognition, which validates our company's commitment to providing excellent care to our employees. By incorporating a People Agenda into our business strategy, we can capitalize on our people's strengths and provide them with opportunities for growth and development," said Jollibee Group President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong.

Forbes and its market research partner Statista polled 150,000 employees from 57 countries to assess companies based on their image, economic footprint, talent development, gender equality, and social responsibility. Respondents were also asked how willing they were to recommend their own employers to family and friends. The final list includes the 800 companies with the highest total scores.

"To support the business as we repositioned the Jollibee Group for post-pandemic growth, our People Agenda had to adapt. While we continued to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of our employees, we needed to focus on strengthening organizational capabilities, enhancing our talent development and succession, and creating new ways of working built around speed, agility, and collaboration," said Arsenio Sabado, Jollibee Group Chief Human Resources Officer.

"Critical to the success of our People Plans is Employee Communications that keeps our leaders and employees up-to-date as our growth strategies evolve, and keeps everyone aligned with our mission of serving great-tasting food, and bringing the joy of eating to everyone. This deep sense of purpose and love for our brands are the intangibles that endear us to our employees and to their families, our communities, and ultimately to our customers," he adds.

The Jollibee Group also adopted a hybrid model for office-based employees after more than two years of remote work, where they are onsite for two days and on remote work the rest of the week. This arrangement is part of Jollibee Group's work reentry strategy which takes a more human-centered approach to redesigning new employees' work-life experiences.

Aside from being recognized among the World's best Employers for a third straight year, the Jollibee Group was also recognized by Forbes as one of the World's Most Female Friendly Companies in 2021.

It is also the first-ever Philippine-based company to be recognized with the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award (GEWA) in 2020.

"We dedicate these awards to all our teams whose passion for excellence and commitment to our values have contributed to the continued growth of the Jollibee Group. The continued development of our employees and their welfare will remain our top priority as we acknowledge that our people are our biggest competitive advantage," said Mr. Tanmantiong.

Carousell Philippines Fashion brands Zara and Uniqlo top

Carousell Philippines Fashion brands Zara and Uniqlo top

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, leading multi-category platform for secondhand in Greater Southeast Asia Carousell Group released the Carousell Recommerce Index (10th Anniversary Edition) revealing the sustainability impact its collective community has made by buying and selling secondhand items. Carousell Group reveals impact on secondhand selling and buying over the past decade in 10th anniversary report.

Over the past decade, Carousell Group's users have extended the life cycle of millions of items, including: 76.8 million fashion items; 33.9 million electronics; 26.6 million hobby items and toys; 11.1 million home items and furniture; and 10.6 million babies & kids items.

To further illustrate the impact, the number of used fashion listings can provide 70% of the population in the Philippines with an outfit. Additionally, assuming all used electronics listed are iPhone Xs, the height when stacked together is the equivalent of over 1600 times the height of Mount Pulag.

The report also highlighted key trends in each market, specifically for the Philippines:

Top 3 most popular categories to sell secondhand items are Fashion, Hobbies & Toys, Babies & Kids

3 most popular secondhand category to browse are Fashion, Hobbies & Toys, Electronics

All-time top 3 most-searched keywords for secondhand items: Zara, Uniqlo and iPhone

Recommerce refers to the selling and buying of previously-owned products, including both new and used in condition. The report covers data from 9 of Carousell Group's family of brands across Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan markets — Carousell, Cho Tot, Laku6,, OneKyat, One Shift, Ox Luxe, Ox Street, and Refash.

Since its inception in 2012 as a mobile-first app to make selling and buying underutilised items easier, Carousell has grown from a C2C classifieds marketplace into a multi-category platform for secondhand goods in Greater Southeast Asia. To accelerate the next decade of recommerce, the Group has been working on additional capabilities to offer more features and services to users that make buying secondhand items as trusted and convenient as buying brand new items.

Djon Nacario, General Manager, Carousell Philippines, said, "As Philippines slowly recovers from the financial impact of the Covid pandemic, we see more and more consumers considering and buying secondhand as their first choice. The Carousell Recommerce Index serves as a crucial guide to help us better understand the fast-changing consumer behaviors in the post-Covid era, and how we can explore developing additional features to help improve the marketplace experience, and provide even more frictionless ways to drive recommerce growth."

Sony Expansion in the Philippines

Sony Expansion in the Philippines

Sony Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has been around since 1946. Through the years, the company has continued to innovate and offer top-notch products and services worldwide. One of Sony's most significant milestones in history was achieved when it released the first transistor radio in 1955; soon, it followed that up with the first all-transistor TV in 1959. These items helped put Sony on the map as a top innovator and industry leader.

Sony has been making exceptional products since 1946, when it was established by Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, it has grown to employ more than 10,000 people worldwide. The employees have worked to design and build the Sony we know today. One of Sony's core principles is its focus on freedom to create; this ensures every employee can contribute their unique perspective without worrying about what others think of their ideas or opinions.

Yes, Sony has done a lot to make its mark in Japan and around the world. However, it hasn't forgotten its roots – the Philippines, where Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita founded it. Indeed, Sony Philippines, as it's known today, began when Ibuka and Morita launched the Tape & Reel Works. This was before they moved to Tokyo in the 1950s to found what eventually became one of Japan's biggest electronics companies.

Although Sony is established as one of the most popular tech brands in the world, it hasn't always been that way. The company has struggled to establish its name in the consumer electronics industry. As noted, Sony Corporation started after World War II when it was founded as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Company). The founders were engineer Masaru Ibuka and entrepreneur Akio Morita who, along with a staff of 14 employees, set out to develop electronic products.

Recently, Sony announced they would be consolidating their Manila office and moving to a new state-of-the-art headquarters. The news was a huge surprise to many. Sony has been around for decades but needed a fresh start to continue growing. The new Sony International Manila headquarters is a huge step towards regaining the Philippines' position as a regional video game and entertainment hub. Yes, few companies have influenced the global economy as much as Sony Corporation.

The innovative Japanese company gradually made household names of famous products such as Walkmans, televisions, and cameras. It's no surprise that Sony's influence rapidly spread across the world, including to the Philippines. While Japan and South Korea might come to mind first when you think about Asian countries with high penetration of technology and highly sophisticated culture, the Philippines is an important player in this area. How did it all start?

Well, 150 years ago, a samurai named Masaru Ibuka came up with the idea of a recording studio. This marked the start of Sony Corporation. Today, Sony continues its tradition by providing people around the world with innovative technologies that make their lives enjoyable. As noted, Sony recently opened its newest branch, located at the heart of Makati City, Philippines. The experience for both customers and employees will be enhanced with the new space, which includes a dedicated Experience Center -bringing Sony's employees together- and a state-of-the-art sports medicine centre.

Essentially, Sony is a multinational conglomerate corporation with subsidiaries and affiliates in over 160 countries. It specializes in electronics manufacturing, the production of television sets, computers, mobile phones, video game consoles, cameras, music recorders and calculators, among other products and services. Sony's contribution to the Philippines' economy has helped the country become a top global outsourcing destination. The company employs more than 28,000 employees in different branches; many work in outsourcing services, assembling electronic products and manufacturing telecommunications devices such as CDMA handsets, PDAs and Cyber-shot digital cameras.

Sony has seen steady growth over the years—not just in its business interests- but in its commitment to the community. The company has worked diligently to improve lives and communities through its presence in the Philippines. Over the decades, Sony Philippines, Inc. has brought innovation and technology to the people of the Philippines.

The company has opened two major manufacturing facilities in the country and employs thousands of locals in several plants. The employees make and assemble products ranging from home electronics to mobile devices, as well as several other cutting-edge technologies. In addition to these facilities, Sony has other offices around the country- in cities like Manila, Cebu, Bacolod, and Davao- that support local marketing and sales efforts.