In the photo are (l-r) Eternal Gardens president and COO Numeriano B. Rodrin, vice chairman of the board Benjamin V. Ramos, Top General Agency Manager Helen Abesa, Top Regular Sales Counselor Cynthia Leycano, Top Regular Unit Manager Zenaida Calingasan, chairman and CEO D. Edgard A. Cabangon, board director T. Anthony C. Cabangon, and vice president for Sales and Marketing Jose Antonio V. Rivera.
Eternal Gardens honored its top performing sales managers and counselors for the previous year during the Grand Annual Awards Night for 2015 held on May 3, 2016 at the 5th floor ballroom of Citystate Tower Hotel in Manila.
Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) commissioner and CEO Atty. Antonio M. Bernardo joined Eternalites in honoring their best and brightest sales associates as Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker. In his very insightful speech, Commissioner Bernardo commended the honors for their great contribution to the success of the company as well as the industry. “You could not have chosen a more appropriate theme for tonight’s Grand Annual Awards than ‘Our Pillars of Success’. Indeed, the men and women we honor tonight are the pillars of success of the company. They are the pillars on which the company has anchored its programs as it continues to build on success after success,” he said.
Bernardo also cited Eternal Gardens’ role in shaping the current mindset of Filipinos towards pre-need planning. “Your pioneering efforts and advocacy in pre-need memorial planning have benefitted many of your clientele who purchased memorial properties even before there was a need for them. This has helped them prepare in advance and protect their families from future financial concerns and anxieties brought about by the untimely demise of family members and loved ones,” he said.
Although it was a very joyous occasion, there was still a bit of sadness in the air as it was the first Annual Awards of the company after the death of their founder Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua, who passed away last March. A short tribute video was played showing the Ambassador during previous Eternal Gardens events.
Before awarding the Sales Drive Winners for 2015, three Hall of Fame Awards were presented to three General Agency Managers (GAMs) who have reached such great feats throughout their respective careers with Eternal Gardens. They were Helen I. Abesa, Gloria E. Sanchez, and Saturnina G. Alcantara. Abesa is also 2015’s Top GAM, joining Top Regular Unit Manager Zenaida Calingasan and Top Regular Sales Counselor Cynthia Leycano, at the top of the list of honorees for the previous year.
Aside from the Sales Drive Winners, Specialist Awards were also given to Nimfa Doneza, Lawn Specialist; Lerma Catibog, Garden Specialist; Apolonio Abesa, Family Estate and Spot Cash Specialist; and Leonora Belen, Rookie of the Year. The top achievers of Cabanatuan and Dagupan branches, on the other hand, were presented the Producers Award for their outstanding work for 2015.
Adding more glitz to the glamorous event was the presentation of the Star of the Night Awards to the best dressed lady and gentleman of the night. They were Celso Requintina of Naga Branch, Male Star of the Night; and Estella Soriano of Batangas City, Female Star of the Night. After receiving their awards, the winning couple was serenaded by Ms. Ivy Violan as they had their traditional dance. After the dance, the veteran singer continued to showcase her vocal prowess with a powerful set of ballads as well as upbeat songs, to the delight of the audience.
The celebration ended with the much-awaited Super Grand Raffle Draw, where one very lucky winner, Ruby Olazo from Batangas City, went home with the grand prize of P60, 000.00.
Truly, it was another unforgettable evening for all Eternalites as they celebrated another victorious year.
Photos by Alysa Salen