Credit card’s environment stewardship program launched; Ben Chan is Entrepreneur of the Year | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

CITI Philippines CEO Batara Sianturi andMaynilad corporate quality, environment, safety and health senior vice president Francisco Arellano; at right, Citi corporate affairs director Aneth Lim, Bambam Cervantes and Alma Gruenberg
CITI Philippines CEO Batara Sianturi andMaynilad corporate quality, environment, safety and health senior vice president Francisco Arellano; at right, Citi corporate affairs director Aneth Lim, Bambam Cervantes and Alma Gruenberg
CITI credit payment products head David Stoughton and Maynilad AVP for treasury Aurora Canape

Citi Philippines and Maynilad have partnered in a program to encourage their customers to plant trees and be “stewards of the environment.”


Under the “Be a Tree Steward” program, a tree will be planted for every Citi cardholder who enrolls his Maynilad bill with Citibank One Bill, which lets Citi credit cardholders settle their bills and donate to charitable institutions by automatically charging their bills and donations to their Citibank credit card.


The inauguration was done at the La Mesa Ecopark and led by Citi CEO for the Philippines Batara Sianturi and Maynilad corporate quality, environment, safety and health senior VP Francisco Arellano, no less.


“Citi is pleased to partner with Maynilad to promote this green marketing initiative,” said Sianturi.


MAYNILAD marketing services head Vida Maya Ko

“We are offering our clients the convenience of Citibank One Bill while promoting a greener environment.”


During the super event, Sianturi and Arellano, along with senior executives from Citi and Maynilad, took the “Water Warrior” oath and committed to do their share in saving watersheds.


They also hand-printed tree leaves on a pledge board to symbolize their commitment to be stewards of the environment. The program ended with planting ceremonies using narra saplings.


To join the “Be a Tree Steward” promo, just enroll your Maynilad bill under Citibank One Bill until Oct. 31.


Call the 24-hour CitiPhone Hotline at 9959999 or log on to your Citibank Online account at


Aside from Maynilad, Citibank One Bill also accepts payments and donations from different telecommunications, cable and electricity companies.


ENTREPRENEUR of the Year: Ben Chan, chair of Suyen Corp. board

Included in the Citibank program are Bayantel, Cable Link, Digitel, Global Destiny, Globe, Innove, Meralco, My Destiny, PLDT, SkyCable, Smart, Smart Bro, Sun Cellular and Veco.


And if you are regular donors of Unicef and World Vision, you can choose to enroll in One Bill to ensure uninterrupted contributions.


Entrepreneurial icons


The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 awarding ceremonies were held last week at Makati Shangri-La Hotel’s grand ballroom.


Presented were the 12 outstanding finalists representing enterprises from diverse industries from various regions in the country, palangga.


Suyen Corp.’s top man Ben Chan, the man behind fashion powerhouse Bench, was proclaimed Master Entrepreneur and Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines. He will represent the country in the prestigious World Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in June 2014.


The Woman Entrepreneur award went to Milagros O. How, executive VP of Universal Harvester Inc.


The Small Business Entrepreneur award went to  Leonarda O. Capuyan, president of Narda’s Handwoven Arts and Crafts and Narda’s Trading Corp.


The Young Entrepreneur award was given to Juliet D. Herrera, president and GM of Serenitea Cha Kitchen Inc.


RHIA, Gerard and Juray with parents Enrique “Baby”Mora and Stella Concha Mora, who are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary

Other finalists: Santiago G. Araneta (LBC Express Inc.), Alexander L. Bangsoy (Goshen Land Inc.), Ma. Lorena Simeon-Florendo (Lifedata Systems Inc.), Alberto D. Lina (Airfreight 2100), Cesar Mario O. Mamon (Enchanted Kingdom Inc.), Manuel H. Osmeña (Manny O Group and Manny O Wine), Victor V. Perez (University of Cagayan Valley) and Rajan A. Uttamchandani (Esquire Financing Inc.).


Baby and Stella go gold


Bacolod’s Baby Mora and Stella Concha celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with kith and kin recently at La Proa Main Ballroom of busy, busy L’Fisher Hotel, Bacolod’s iconic premiere hotel.


Present were Peninsula Manila Hotel’s David Lim and wife Penny; former Rep. Kako Lacson with Cecile Oca Lacson; award-winning film director Peque Gallaga; and Monaco Honorary Consul Fortune Ledesma, who made an entrance worthy of Monte Carlo’s Red Cross Ball in a turquoise draped gown. She came in the arms of hubby, Bulgaria Honorary Consul Rene Ledesma.


JR. AND JJ Lacson, Maripi Oca, Ann and Anjoe Ramos, Rita Villacin, Marilen Garcia, Cecile Lacson, Leni Montinola and Kako Lacson, with Enrique and Stella Mora (seated)

Bacolod high society was represented by the Ciocon famille led by patriarch Roseller and Ditas, and  Delia Ciocon-Granada, who came in a fantastic Escada number with cousin, journalist Pinky Concha Colmenares.


Also present were Mari Lacson and Resort Association of Negros Island’s Edouard L. Garcia.


Vault mag marks 3rd year


Vault magazine, the glossy men’s lifestyle magazine, marked its third anniversary at the Rigodon of the Peninsula.


VAULT Magazine’s editor in chief David Celdran, British Bespoke Automobiles president Willy Tee Ten, ABS-CBN Publishing head Ernie Lopez

With David Celdran, no less, as the main man and chief editor, Vault has strived to present highly curated reports on dining, travel, fashion and automobiles, natch!


“Gilt” was an event inspired by the Great Gatsby era of the roaring ’20s. The magazine invited one of the best très chic car brands, Rolls Royce, to showcase and unveil the very first unit of the Rolls Royce Phantom in the Philippines.


VAULT editorial team: Karl Castro, Iñigo Roces, Patty Tumang, Barry Viloria

Wow! Now, dahlings, that’s what glitz and glam are all about.


Meanwhile, Celdran and ABS-CBN Publishing head Ernie Lopez took center stage along with Willy Tee Ten, president of British Bespoke Automobiles.


Adding musical flair to the happening was a performance by Soundline, with renowned jazz singer Skarlet Brown.

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