Behind every successful enterprise are its men and women, who tirelessly and without fail, give their best to their company.
One such enterprise is the Manila Standard, which marks its 33rd year in the industry today, February 11.
Get to know more about the Manila Standard and the people behind the newspaper.
Here are its Loyalty Awardees.
Mario R. Policarpio, Jr., Chief Accountant
(30 Years, October 23, 1989)
Thirty years ago, as a fresh graduate, Mario was hired as a rank and file employee. After years of hard work, perseverance and dedication, while proving his loyalty and integrity to the company, Mario was then promoted to a managerial position. With his auditing experience, he was also assigned to set up the company’s computerized accounting. His dedication and loyalty have led him to provide for his family and his children’s education.
“Here’s hoping that Manila Standard continues to strive for excellence and improvement, while uplifting the lives of all employees and their dependents.”
Edgar M. Valmorida, Circulation Manager
(25 Years, February 8, 1995)
Egay, as they call him, is the head of the circulation department. Always striving to be true to his work, Egay looks forward toiling with his hard-working and dedicated people everyday. Up to this day, he upholds what his first boss, Boots dela Cruz, had told him during his interview with the company 25 years ago: “Here in the circulation department, we work and grow as a family.’’ My heartfelt gratitude goes to my former bosses, Messrs. Florante “Boy” Acosta and Salvador “Jun” Lao, who saw in me the potential to lead my department and for believing in me. Also, to former President and CEO Rogelio Salazar for helping me develop my skills by sending me to workshops and seminars so I can function well as the head of my department.”
Heracleo L. Dazo
(25 Years, June 27, 1995)
For 25 years, Dazo has been with Manila Standard. As part of the KPPI group, he is the one of those tasked to make sure all the printed copies of the newspaper would be properly put. Dazo thanks the company as it helped him send his child, who is now a teacher, to college.
“I hope that the same smiles and joy that I used to see will flow through each member once again. Thank you.”
Feliciano T. Buscas, Jr., Digital-OIC
Jun to his colleagues, first started as a member of the accounting department, before being assigned to head the circulation team after years of hard work and perseverance. He had been in different departments, advertising, marketing and administrative, before heading the Management Information System or MIS of the Manila Standard, the beginning of the digital version of the publication.
“The knowledge and experience I was able to develop are things that I humbly contribute to the organization. Now, being head of the manilastandard.net, I am proud to be part of the new journalism in the digital era.”
Other 25-Year Awardees are Carlito H. Villaver (March 1, 1995), Priscilla E. Cadungog (March 1, 1995) and Roberto T. Ele (April 7, 1995).
Randy G. Lumacang
(20 Years, October 16, 1999)
For more than two decades, Randy has become part of the growing Manila Standard-KPPI Team. Lumacang took his position in October 1, 1999.
Riera U. Mallari, Sports and Tech Editor
(20 Years, February 15, 2000)
“Working for a newspaper will always be a challenge. And so it is important that you are surrounded by people you enjoy working with.”
Ferdinand R. Cubinar, Sales Coordinator
(15 Years, November 24, 2004)
The 54-year-old Cubinar started working for Manila Standard in 2004. Under the circulation department, Ferdinand developed his social skills meeting various types of people. What made him stay with the company is the feeling of belonging in a family. Ferdinand also shared that Manila Standard’s tree-planting activity is one of his most memorable experiences in the company.
“I thank Manila Standard because it had contributed a lot so much to our family life. It helped me to provide for my children’s education. Hopefully, the Manila Standard will be prosperous, stable, and still continuing to deliver the truth in the future.”
Shiela Marie P. Suarez, Advertising Deskman
(15 Years, March 16, 2005)
Sheila has been with Manila Standard for 15 years, considering the newspaper as her second home and family. “As a family, we have gone through good times and weathered through hard times. This makes me value my work and my stay with the Manila Standard. To my Manila Standard family, I want to thank you for all the experiences that you taught me—good and bad. Thank you for supporting me in my 15-year journey.”
Roderick T. Dela Cruz, Business Assistant Editor
(15 Years, March 16, 2005)
For 15-year awardee Roderick, or Rod to his colleagues, being committed to survive the deadline of delivering news on a daily basis with the editorial team is what he looks forward to everyday despite the many challenges.
“I hope and pray that Manila Standard will continue to be a bearer of fair, accurate and important news in more decades ahead.”
Chin Wah Wong, one of Manila Standard’s associate editors, and hired by the company on October 18, 2004, is also a 15-Year Awardee.
Alfie S. Payumo, Assistant Cashier
(10 Years, January 22, 2010)
Alfie started 10 years ago as a junior collector. Alfie considers braving the elements just to do his collecting job as one of his most memorable experiences with the company. He also shared that taking the job helped him gain a lot of self confidence in communicating with the newspaper’s clients.
“Happy 33rd Anniversary Manila Standard. This is the year that I am celebrating my 10 years with you—10 years of togetherness, 10 years of happiness, 10 years of making my dreams come true, 10 years of sharing, 10 years of trust, and 10 beautiful years.”
Regis S. Desales II, who joined the company on June 8, 2010, is another 10-Year Awardee.