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Home improvement magnate receives honorary award from alma mater

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Wilcon Depot founder and chairman emeritus William T. Belo received the prestigious and exemplary academic conferment of Doctor of Commerce, Honoris Causa from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) on September 28, 2023.

Belo earned a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communication Engineering from UST in 1973, before establishing a 60-square-meter hardware store along Quezon Avenue in 1977 as his passion pushed him to start and establish his own business.

He began as a simple entrepreneur and owner who aspired to help Filipino homeowners and builders in building, improving, and refining their homes for a sustainable and comfortable life.

Wilcon Depot, as it is now became the most in-demand one-stop shop for home improvement and construction needs. Belo has been recognized as an influential figure in the business landscape of the Philippines, particularly in the field of commerce and retail, making his company, the most trusted home improvement and construction supplies retailer.

His visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to excellence have not only made a significant impact on the business sector but have also contributed to the growth and development of the Philippines.

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Belo emphasized the importance of education as a driving force for positive change in society. He encouraged the students and young minds present to pursue their dreams relentlessly, to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, and to always prioritize values and integrity in their professional journey. He also shared 3 realizations spanning his decades in the business – the importance of value-driven vision and dreams and what you want to become; the value of hard work in building meaningful relationships; and the sense of fulfillment in service in giving back.

The honorary degree of Doctor of Commerce Honoris Causa is a testament to Belo’s outstanding contributions to the business community, his dedication to corporate social responsibility, and his remarkable philanthropic endeavors. This recognition reflects his exemplary leadership, ethics, and commitment to excellence, which align with the values and mission of his alma mater.

This remarkable achievement is not only for Belo but also for the whole Wilcon Depot team, which is dedicated to the principles of excellence, integrity, and service. The occasion will be recognized as an iconic event and a source of inspiration for future generations of students and corporate executives.

Thomasanians are honoring him not just for his success in business but also for his guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the lockdown pushed them to rebuild and rehabilitate the Thomasian community’s home in readiness for the new work and study setup.

Rector Magnificus of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Fr. Richard Ang honored Belo as a man of vision, “his leadership in the corporate world has not only revolutionized industries but also created opportunities for the economic growth of the Philippines.”

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