Cebu Alumni Chapter Head named CCCI President

The Cebu City Chamber of Commerce (CCCI) held a general membership meeting and an induction of newly elected officers, trustees, and new members last April 02, 2019 at the Santa Maria ballroom of Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City. The ceremony marked the official handing over of the CCCI Presidency from Consul Antonio N. Chiu to Mr. Virgilio “Nonoy” Espeleta, MBM 1991.

Jose Ma. “Joey” A. Concepcion III, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippine Chairman graced the occasion as the inducting officer.

Inducted to serve CCCI for 2019-2020 are the following members: Virgilio Espeleta, MBM 1991 (President), Charles Kenneth Co, PDMC 1995 (VP-External Affairs), Benedict Que, FAMCOR 2000 (VP Membership Development), Felix Taguiam (VP Membership Development), Jay Yuvallos (VP Business Development), Francis Dy (Secretary), Alice Queblatin (Asst. Secretary), Wendell Ganhinhin (Treasurer), Archt. Jose Marie Canizares (Assistant Treasurer), Lilu Alino (CBM 2019 Chair), Aldie P. Garcia (Trustee), Bunny Pages (Trustee), Michael Cubos (Trustee), Engr. Ramir Bonghanoy (Trustee), Katherine Cheng (Trustee), Ronald Po (Trustee), Carolyn Go, MBM 1988 (Trustee), Robert Go (Trustee) Melita Ramos (Trustee), Mario Panganiban (Trustee), Felix Tiukinhoy, MBM 1976 (Trustee), and May Elizabeth Ybanez (Trustee).

Incoming President Virgilio “Nonoy” Espeleta looks forward into the opportunities and goals of the organization this 2019. “As I assume the leadership task of CCCI, I exhort that as a business community, we must gravitate towards a common purpose and aspiration and synergize all stakeholders to work together to address our declining ranking to compete and sustain our businesses. Along with equally dedicated, passionate and competent Board of Trustees. We forge our selfless, voluntary commitment and wholeheartedly embrace this opportunity to serve the business community… Together, we shall work with more grit to face the challenges ahead as ONE STRONG VOICE OF BUSINESS AND ADVOCATE FOR A MORE COMPETITIVE AND PROGRESSIVE CEBU!”

For his official speech as the new CCCI president, he is bold enough to take on the theme for CCCI as “Connecting Opportunities. Growing Business. Creating Value.” 

“We shall strive to continue to be the instrument that offers new ways of connecting, collaborating and conducting business which will help bridge the gap between businesses and innovation, especially for our local SMEs.”

As he assumed the presidency, he has already laid out plans and guiding principles for CCCI. 


1. Value-Creation — Promoting Production of Goods from Higher Value Local Resources; Create Platform to Scale up and Monetize Innovations

2. Unity of Aspiration and Purpose — Where is Cebu in the Competitiveness Map in 3-5 Years; Rally on Common Scorecards to Make Cebu as Investor’s Choice

3. Convergence and Collaboration — CEBOOM in the 90’s: What’s Today to Generate Convergence

4. Advocacy on “Prosperity for All” through Inclusive Growth — Linking CCCI members in each other’s value chain; Buy from the Small, Sell to the BIG! (Support the MSME’s!) or Buy from the Poor, Sell to the Rich!

In his message, he expressed his appreciation to the outgoing president for his leadership and the board members for their devoted work. He said that he would do his utmost to continue the work that had been done with the support of the Board of Trustees.

“Let us then respond to the disruptions with the determination to thrive and prosper together with a mission to make lives better while we live the call to make a difference.”

The CCCI is non-stock, non-profit organization of businessmen, merchants, professionals and entrepreneurs based in Cebu and nearby provinces that aims to strengthen the capabilities of its members through advocacy, linkages and synergy towards the global competitiveness of Cebu and its people.#

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