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Ramon V. del Rosario Award for Nation Building recognizes Dado Banatao
July 25, 2018

Global Filipino techpreneur and innovation champion, Diosdado “Dado” Banatao is the 2018 Ramon V. Del Rosario Sr. Awardee for Nation Building. Marking the 100th birth anniversary of PHINMA founder, Ramon V. Del Rosario, Sr., Mr. Banatao accepted the award at a ceremony held at the recently opened National Museum of Natural History last July 25, 2018. Under the spectacular Tree of Life of the museum, Mr. Banatao’s lifetime work was aptly honored together with some 200 guests from the business community.

The Ramon V. Del Rosario Sr. Award for Nation Building is an annual program of the Junior Chamber International Manila (JCI Manila) together with the Asian Institute of Management’s Ramon V. Del Rosario Center for Corporate Social Responsibility and with full support and blessings of the PHINMA Group. It recognizes men and women who demonstrate outstanding traits, such as entrepreneurial spirit, national or global business impact, good corporate citizenship, and social responsibility.
Among its past awardees are Amb. Jesus Tambunting, Senen Bacani, Oscar Lopez, Washington Sycip, Vicente Paterno, Jaime Zobel De Ayala, Manny V. Pangilinan, Henry Sy, Sr., and Dr. George S.K. Ty, who have each embodied the spirit and vision of Ramon V. Del Rosario, Sr. for nation building by successfully managing their businesses.

In his welcome remarks, Ramon Del Rosario, Jr, PHINMA President and CEO, cited Mr. Banatao’s contributions towards building our country’s innovation ecosystem as a key lever for nation building. “Mr. Banatao is recognized as one of the most successful technology entrepreneurs of this generation. His commitment to excellence in science and technology has inspired innovation among younger entrepreneurs,” said Mr Del Rosario.

For his part, Ayala Group CEO, Jaime Zobel de Ayala commended Mr. Banatao’s “continuing efforts in championing disruptive and entrepreneurial thinking among Filipinos, illustrated by his work with AIM in incubating high-impact start-ups; as well as with the Department of Trade and Industry, and Department of Science and Technology on the inclusive innovation agenda.” Mr. Zobel acknowledged Mr. Banatao as the inspiration behind Ayala Innovation, the internal disruptive thinking unit of the Ayala Group.

In accepting his award, Mr Banatao underscored the role of education when he said, “Education comes before innovation.” He also shared his belief that “Filipinos can compete with the best in the world and the best in Silicon Valley.” He was clearly speaking from his own personal journey from a barrio in Cagayan Valley to Silicon Valley and from the experiences of the many young Filipinos he has helped become techpreneurs and innovators like him through scholarships and mentoring.

Inspired by the stories of the RVR Awardees like Dado Banatao, who were all started out as young visionaries, the PHINMA Group further honored their founder by launching the Ramon V. Del Rosario, Sr. Siklab Awards for young leaders. The search begins this August and the selected young leaders will be honored come July 2019.



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