The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Celebrates their 10th Year Anniversary

This 2018, the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) celebrated their 10th year Anniversary by holding GPCCI’s Annual Golf Tournament and Reception Dinner on the 11th of October 2018.

The Annual Golf Tournament was held at Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club and was attended by members of the German-Philippine business community, representatives from the diplomatic corps and the Philippine government. This year, sponsors and players alike joined the tournament in support of Tuloy Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing residential care services, technical and vocational training, sports and health development, and performing arts programs to abandoned, homeless, and abused children and youth.

This year’s tournament was a game of Texas Scramble – or Captain’s Choice, where players played in assigned teams based on their handicaps. This also provided players the opportunity to get to know the rest of the participants and create new connections during the game. The ceremonial tee-off was led by Tournament Director, Klaus Schroeder with the Deputy Head of Mission from the Germany Embassy Dr. Roland Schissau, Banco de Oro Vice President/Head of Europe Desk Maan Mariano, Deputy Executive Director of General Administration Atty. McJill Bryant Fernandez, and BASF Managing Director Mr. Ronald Mercado. The players then proceeded to their assigned holes and enjoyed the game.

Following the tournament, players and other members, partners, and friends of the German-Philippine Chamber celebrated the 10th year anniversary at the Reception Dinner held at the Palms Country Club in Alabang.

The night began with some welcoming remarks from GPCCI Vice President Dr. Bodo Goerlich, as he enumerated the milestones that the Chamber has achieved in the past ten years. Dr. Goerlich also used this time to thank all those who have contributed to the success of the Chamber. The new GPCCI Executive Director, Dr. Martin Henkelmann, also shared a message of thanks and congratulations through a pre-recorder video from Tunisia.

The evening also served as a platform for the Chamber to launch its new corporate video, showcasing the history, milestones, and services of the Chamber. This was soon followed by a video message from GPCCI’s President Mr. Tristan Arwen “Bobbit” Loveres, thanking all who attended and made everything possible and wished everyone a good evening.

German Ambassador to the Philippines, Dr. Gordon Kricke was also in attendance, and gave a short message congratulating GPCCI for a great ten years and expressed optimism for the future of German-Philippine bilateral business relations.

The night was an opportunity as well for the Chamber to present honorary memberships to two distinguished women in their own fields, who have stood by the advocacies and activities of the chamber, namely, Ms. Teresita Sy-Coson, Vice Chairperson of BDO, and Ambassador Melita Sta. Maria-Thomaczek, former Philippine ambassador to Germany. Previous recipients of this membership included Mr. Washington Sy-Cip and former PEZA Director General Ms. Lilia De Lima.

After dinner was served, Fr. Rocky Evangelista introduced Tuloy Foundation and gave a short talk on the potential of the kids in their care. He also invited everyone to visit their facilities to see first-hand the programs they provide for their kids. This was rightly followed by a performance of the Tuloy Choir. GPCCI’s Board of Directors along with Deputy Executive Director Charlotte Bandelow presented the check donation to Father Rocky.

During the reception dinner, Mr. Schroeder led the awarding ceremony for the winners of the morning’s Annual Golf Tournament. As the game this year was a team competition, awards were given to Dr. Olaf Kliesow and James Ugarte for 2nd Runner-Up, and Tony Co and Jupiter Nuñez for 1st Runner-Up. Jojo Habana and Mike Besa walked away with the championship trophies for this year’s tournament. Exciting prizes were also raffled off for all in attendance.

All in all, the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry celebrated their 10th Year Anniversary with style. The crowd was filled with a variety of guests, from founding members who saw the Chamber at its infancy to new faces who joined more recently. Everyone went home with good moods as they wished the Chamber even more successful years to come.

The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry would like to thank all those who helped make the 10th Year Anniversary celebration a success.

For the golf cart sponsors, BDO. For the Eagle Sponsors, Harle and PPI Pazifik Power Inc. For the Birdie Sponsors, Allianz PNB Life Insurance, BASF, Trends & Concepts, Voss Aviation & Motion Technology Ltd, and Wong Chu King Holdings. For the Bogey sponsors, 2SL, Antrak Logistics, Castillo Laman, Tan, Pantaleon, & San Jose, CS Garment Inc., Deutsche Bank AG Manila, Eastern Telecommunications Philippines Incorporated, Lubcon Lubricants Asia Pacific, Inc., Mercedes-Benz under Auto Nation Group, MHE Demag, Royal Cargo, Santis/Werdenberg, SGV & Co, TUV Rheinland, Zama Precision Industry Manufacturing Philippines, Inc. For the Hole-In-One Sponsors, Philippine Batteries (Motolite) and Srixon. For the Most Accurate Drive sponsors, Deutsche Motorgeräte Inc and German Club Manila. For the Longest Drive sponsor, Volkswagen. For the Nearest to the Pin Sponsors, The Association of International Shipping Lines, Grohe, Magsaysay Global, and SN Aboitiz. For the gift and raffle sponsors, Blue Horizons Travel & Tours, Brotzeit, Flyace and Gerolsteiner, G Data, Masagana Gas, Nivea/Beiersdorf, Sinalco, Alphaland City Club, and Transwing Art Gallery, Deutsche Motorgeraete Inc./Stihl, and Trends and Concepts Interiors. And for our reception dinner sponsors, we have BASF, BDO, PPI Pazifik Power, Inc., Siemens, and TUV Rheinland.

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