Pinoy students to compete in intl business talent competition in KL

Posted at 07/30/2014 2:54 PM | Updated as of 07/30/2014 2:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Six students from the Philippines will head to Kuala Lumpur next month to compete in the Maybank Go Ahead Challenge grand finals.

Students from the University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), De La Salle University, University of Sto. Tomas, Adamson University (ADU), and University of Asia & the Pacific underwent a rigorous screening process to earn their spot in the Maybank Go Ahead Challenge Grand Finals.

Maybank received more than 1,500 applications from senior college students and graduates from Philippine universities. They were asked to take an online exam and the top 100 scorers were qualified to the two-leg Maybank Go Ahead Challenge Campus Level Competition in June.

Only 38 survived and the number was further whittled down to six after the national level competition last July 25.

The six Filipino students who were chosen to represent the Philippines are:

John Richmond Go, 20, 4th year BS Management minor in Chinese Studies and Finance student in ADMU;
John Alfred Mendoza, 20, 4th year BS Business Administration and Accountancy student in UP;
Selynn Alexis Co, 20, 4th year BS Management Engineering student in ADMU;
Camille Patricia Calma, 20, 4th year BS Business Administration student in UP;
Richard Agabus Ocampo, 24, graduate of BA Financial Management in ADU; and
Winchell Well Wong, 21, 4th year BS Business Administration and Accountancy student in UP.

"Maybank believes in empowering today’s youth. I am pleased and proud to announce that after some very rigorous screening, we have selected six young, bright, and creative thinkers who will represent the Philippines in the Maybank Go Ahead Challenge,” said Maybank Philippines, Inc. President and CEO Jun M. Famatigan, Jr.

“I am excited and happy for these six business students from the country’s top universities as they will be a part of a unique competition where they will be tested intellectually, physically, and even psychologically together with some of the brightest and driven college students from Asia, the United States, and the United Kingdom," he added.

At stake at the grand finals are cash prizes amounting to $72,000, as well as the opportunity to join the Global Maybank Apprentice Programme, a bespoke international mentorship designed to nurture Maybank’s future leaders.

The Maybank Go Ahead. Challenge, which is now on its third year, is a multi-disciplinary business talent competition open to recent graduates and final-year university students. This contest is part of Maybank’s aspiration to create a talent pool of world-class future business leaders and competent financial experts for the region.