Nine young successful businessmen are competing for this year’s 2021 PCCI Injap Sia Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award (ISOYEA).


The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the largest business organization in the country, will announce the winner of the award at the 47th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (PBC&E) slated on November 17 and 18.

This year’s finalists are: Walther Uzi Buenavista, president and CEO of Shawarma Shack Group; Jeuz Cassiddy, founder and CEO of Stellar 167 Manpower Recruitment; Marie Joyce Co, founder of Asia True Blends Franchising Inc.; John Dave Duenas, CEO and founder of HYBrain; Wilhelmina Garcia, president of Junknot Eco Creatives; Joyce Liwanag, owner of Healthy Choice Café; Bernadette Simon Matias, vice chairman and executive vice president of Primetech Oil Inc.; Avin Ong founder, chairman and CEO of Fredley Group of Companies; and Reynaldo Polinar, president and CEO of Successu International Inc.

PCCI Director for SME Development Apolinar E. Aure said nine young entrepreneurs from the service and industry sectors made it to the finals and were interviewed by a distinguished panel of judges from the business and finance sectors as well as from the government agencies.

Aure, who’s also the chairman of the ISOYEA TWG, heads the technical working group who selects this year’s finalists from a number of nominees.

PCCI has been implementing the ISOYEA Award since 2015 and is the brainchild of PCCI President Amb. Benedicto Yujuico who recognized the importance of developing young and innovative business leaders in the country.

The award was inspired by the success of Edgar “Injap” Sia II who, at a young age, founded and steered the highly successful Mang Inasal food chain. He eventually ventured into real estate business as chairman of Double Dragon Properties Corporation. He also entered the convenience store industry through Merry Mart which had a successful debut in the stock exchange last year. Sia is currently a Director of PCCI.

ISOYEA will be one of the highlights and one of the several awards that will be given during the 47th PBC&E, recognized as the premier business convention in the country. Chaired by Jeffrey Ng, this year’s conference theme will be “ Economic Recovery for All”.

Source: Manila Bulletin (