Awardees of the TFT Watch List: Top Filipino Engineers and Architects in the Middle East

Awardees of the TFT Watch List: Top Filipino Engineers and Architects in the Middle East

Dr. Karen Remo, CEO & Founder of New Perspective Media Group during her opening message

Dr. Karen Remo, CEO & Founder of New Perspective Media Group during her opening message

New Perspective Media Group, organizer of The Filipino Times Watch List: Top Engineers and Architects in the Middle East, and publisher of The Filipino Times, the largest digital news portal for Filipinos in the Middle East and the biggest free newspaper

New Perspective Media Group, organizer of The Filipino Times Watch List: Top Engineers and Architects in the Middle East, and publisher of The Filipino Times, the largest digital news portal for Filipinos in the Middle East and the biggest free newspaper

The winners of the inaugural ‘The Filipino Times Watchlist: Top Engineers and Architects in the Middle East’—organised by New Perspective Media (NPM) Group—have been revealed in an international summit and awards event held in Dubai, UAE.

A total of 91 Filipino professionals bagged accolades from the Awards that takes immense pride in acknowledging the indelible impact that Filipino engineers and architects have made in the Middle East’s sustainable progress and uplifting the image of the Philippines in the Arab World.

The awardees include architects (16), chemical engineers (8), civil engineers (30), electrical engineers (10), electronics & communications engineers (8), geothermal engineer (1), and mechanical engineers (18).

The Filipino achievers underwent a rigorous selection process, with 297 nominations received, and 108 shortlisted based on their demonstrated skill and leadership in their respective fields.

HE Alfonso Ver, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, said: “Having overseeing the Philippines’ bilateral relations with the countries in the Middle East and African region for several years prior to assuming my post as Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, I’m very much aware of how Filipinos have helped build this region. From the time Sheikh Zayed, the founding father, established the UAE 52 years ago, Filipino builders, engineers, and architects, helped plan, design, and build the cities of this nation quite literally. The first generation of Filipino professionals, your predecessors, built the foundations of the UAE, and this paved the way for Filipinos to be rightfully recognised, respected, and appreciated by this country, its people, and leaders.”

Hon Renato Dueñas, Jr, Philippine Consul General in Dubai, and the Northern Emirates, commented: “Filipino engineers and architects are some of the most sought-after professionals in the Middle East and for good reason: they are more than capable, hardworking, reliable and highly motivated. Our engineers and architects have been and continue to be an integral part of the development of this region and they are our country’s pride.”

Dr Karen Remo, Chief Executive Officer & Founder of New Perspective Media Group, said: “Filipino engineers and architects are at the forefront of sustainable development in the Middle East. With their exceptional skills and dedication, they have become trusted partners in shaping the region’s future. With the Arab World’s commitment to sustainability and progress, it provides the perfect stage for these professionals to showcase their exceptional abilities and drive for sustainability. As they continue to push the boundaries of innovation and excellence, Arab countries can look forward to a brighter and more sustainable future, fueled by the passion and brilliance of these outstanding Filipino engineers and architects.”

Vince Ang, Chief Operations Officer at New Perspective Media Group, commented: “The inaugural edition of The Filipino Times Watch List Summit & Awards served as a testament to the passion and tireless dedication of the publication in promoting the extraordinary achievements of Filipino professionals.”

The event, centred around the theme “Excellence and Sustainability in Building and Designing the Future,” showcases NPM Group’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility by aligning with the UAE’s Year of Sustainability campaign.

It brought together an array of distinguished UAE government officials and leading industry experts, comprising of eminent organisations such as the Dubai Future Foundation, Dubai Municipality, Philippine Embassy, Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Obermeyer, Tebodin, and Prime Group.

Judges who helped determine the awardees included Dr Mary Jane Alvero, Chief Executive Officer at PRIME Group; Engr Victorino Abejero, Managing Director at GulfTIC Certification; Engr Emelyn Martinez, Managing Director at Qualis; Dr Jeffrey Uy, Vice President, Project Management at Aldar Properties; Arch Christine Espinosa-Erlanda, Associate Partner at Godwin Austen Johnson; and Arch Suzette Peachie Bayonito, Senior Project Architect at National Engineering Bureau. They also received honorary awards during the ceremony.

Experts discuss industry trends
The summit and awards featured a lineup of renowned industry leaders and experts who delved deep into the future of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries. The thought-provoking discussion encompassed a range of critical topics, such as the GCC’s Giga and Mega Projects; the role of Industry 4.0 and AI in unlocking new opportunities; and the Middle East’s transition towards net-zero.

Among the esteemed speakers were Engr Mohamad Al-Dah, Vice President of Structural Engineers organisation; Dr Rajkumar Muthusamy, Senior Robotics Scientist at Dubai Future Foundation; and Manosh De, Urban Planning Expert at Dubai Municipality.

The event also welcomed Arch Kirby Zalameda, Design Director of Architecture at DLR Group Middle East; Engr Orandantes Delizo, Project Manager at Tebodin Middle East; Arch Woderick Pareja, AE Senior Architect at Obermeyer Middle East GmbH; Engr Leonester Diestro, Asset Lead Retail Delivery Manager at Majid Al Futtaim Properties; Engr Maynard Theodor Saga, Project Manager at Traxon Technologies; and Arch James Roy Jimenez, Senior Architect and BIM Manager at Zublin Constructions.

The summit and awards are supported by Platinum Sponsor Ayala Land International Sales, Inc., Gold Sponsor RLC Residences, and Junior Sponsors Geoscience Testing Laboratory (GTL) and African + Eastern.

Here is the full list of awardees by professional designation:

Arch. Christine Espinosa-Erlanda
Arch. Suzette Peachie Bayonito
Arch. Allan J. Hock
Arch. Anthony T. Austria
Arch. Anthony R. Raquepo
Arch. Arnold A. Datu
Arch. Catherine L. Alba
Arch. Christopher R. Bonoan
Arch. Eldrid B. Refil
Arch. Florence Joy P. Cadorna
Arch. James Roy T. Jimenez
Arch. John Carlo J. Carlos
Arch. Kirby A. Zalameda
Arch. Leonila V. Robledo
Arch. Robbie Robert B. Gitgano
Arch. Woderick M. Pareja

Chemical Engineers:
Dr. Mary Jane Alvero Al Mahdi
Engr. Aldrin Castro
Engr. Arnel E. Dayao
Engr. Florencio G. Lopez, Jr
Engr. Hilbert M. Libres
Engr. Marco Q. Quesea
Engr. Rodolfo B. Yamson, Jr
Engr. Ronald M. De Castro

Civil Engineers:
Engr. Engr. Emelyn Martinez
Engr. Abechael Y. Capili
Engr. Alvin E. Alejandro
Engr. Ariel A. Bantugan
Engr. Bernie N. Favorito
Engr. Enrico John Niño G. Chavez
Engr. Jay Ar P. Legaste
Engr. Jestoni E. Cuizon
Engr. Joel G. Abaincia
Engr. Joeper F. Famorcan
Engr. Joey B. Bañadera
Engr. John Joseph R. Guinoo
Engr. Jojo R. Utram
Engr. Leonester V. Diestro
Engr. Lilian C. Geron
Engr. Louie James T. Bendanillo
Engr. Luisito S. Carlos
Engr. Manilyn D. Mallari
Engr. Manuel F. Papasin
Engr. Noemi S. Culala
Engr. Onofre P. Valencia
Engr. Orandantes M. Delizo
Engr. Preniss Ann J. Quibrantos
Engr. Rheesa Mae G. Alfaro
Engr. Richard Z. Roxas
Engr. Ryan B. Clarina
Engr. Sheena O. Mecaydor
Engr. Sheryl G. Dela Peña
Engr. Vanessa M. Malaluan
Engr. Yvonne O. Cabang

Electrical Engineers:
Engr. Victorino Abejero
Engr. Dene S. Horneja
Engr. Enrie Andy E. Vergosa
Engr. Frederick B. Espinosa
Engr. Jacob B. Sambahon
Engr. Mario M. Solang
Engr. Maximo H. Adarlo, Jr
Engr. Ramil A. Biador
Engr. Robert U. Mabulay
Engr. Rolando M. Nicolas

Electronics & Communications Engineers:
Engr. Jan Michael G. De Villeres
Engr. Jethroefel E. Ramboyong
Engr. Leonardo G. Mendoza
Engr. Louie Mel C. Maliksi
Engr. Perry L. Kwan
Engr. Rafael C. Lontoc
Engr. Reenan M. Gotis
Engr. Reuben James B. Sevillano

Geothermal Engineer:
Paul Anderson N. Vera

Mechanical Engineers:
Engr. Jeffrey Uy
Engr. Albert J. Damo
Engr. Arnel E. Caburnay
Engr. Daygrace C. Salunga
Engr. Dennis P. De Mesa
Engr. Dennis L. Magnaye
Engr. Deugene M. Acojido
Engr. Edmar F. Cabra
Engr. Francis Anthony M. Uy
Engr. Gideon C. Gucilatar
Engr. Jeffrey P. Arreza
Engr. Joanah P. Mozo
Engr. Jomar T. Battung
Engr. Kristian G. Basario
Engr. Manolito M. Landicho, Jr
Engr. Noriel M. Ong
Engr. Renante G. Abellanosa
Engr. Ryan Ben R. Sabilala

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