Eternal Gardens celebrates Grand Annual Awards

Eternal Gardens recognized its top producers for 2017 during its Grand Annual Awards Night held last April 25, 2018, Wednesday, at the Citystate Tower Hotel in Ermita, Manila.

Addressing the sales personnel, officers, and employees of Eternal Gardens, Mayor Danilo Fernandez of the City of Santa Rosa, who was the guest of honor at the event, likened the memorial care company to Santa Rosa, saying that both the company and the city have embraced change and innovation in order to bring about improvement.

Santa Rosa City mayor Danilo Fernandez (3rd from right) poses for a photo with Eternal Gardens executives after being presented a token of appreciation for being the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker at the company’s Grand Annual Awards Night. From left: Eternal Gardens Vice President for Finance Marvin C. Timbol, Vice Chairman Benjamin V. Ramos, President and Chief Operating Officer Numeriano B. Rodrin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer D. Edgard A. Cabangon, Mayor Fernandez, Eternal Gardens Director T. Anthony C. Cabangon, and Vice President for Sales and Marketing Jose Antonio V. Rivera.

“Eternal Gardens maximizes the use of land space to provide products other than the traditional memorial lot, now there are those apartment-style structures, crematories and chapels. This is the change needed to go on with continuous improvement,” Fernandez said. In the same way, the mayor pointed out, Santa Rosa City has transformed itself from a municipality to a modern city, from an agricultural zone to an industrial zone, to bring about improvement in the lives of its people.

In his own message to the Eternal Gardens sales force, company chairman and chief executive officer D. Edgard A. Cabangon lauded the awardees for their outstanding sales performance in 2017.  “We commend and admire you for your great role in the continuing success of Eternal Gardens,” he said.

Eternal Gardens Board Director T. Anthony C. Cabangon, on the other hand, pointed out that despite possible challenges that the company may meet in the future, the sales force of the company should always strive for growth every year to make it stronger than ever. “We have to excel yearly. We have to grow every year from strength to strength to continue our legacy of excellence,” Cabangon said.

More than 50 sales associates were honored for top sales production in various categories during the Awards Night. They include Helen Abesa, top general agency manager; Nayda Cuenca, top regular unit manager; and Rosemarie Tang Lee Say, top regular sales counselor, who was also named Family Estate Specialist of the Year.

This year’s Rookie of the Year awardees were Juvy Manalo, Regular Unit Manager; and Florencia Mea, Regular Sales Counselor. For the Garden League category, the top awardees were Ma. Theresa Manlapig, top league manager; and Rachelle Anne Aguilar, top sales counselor.

Garden League Achievers with Eternal Gardens vice president for Sales and Marketing Jose Antonio V. Rivera (leftmost), vice president for Human Resources Management Division Victoria C. Nava (3rd from right), and vice president for Finance Marvin C. Timbol (rightmost).

Specialist Awards were also handed out to individuals who excelled in a particular area of sales. They were Alita Casinillo, Lawn Specialist of the Year; Mario Jojo Manalo, Garden Specialist of the Year; Apolonio Abesa, Account Specialist of the Year; and Marites Ramirez, Spot Cash Specialist of the Year.

Specialist Award recipients and Rookie of the Year Awardees for 2017 with Eternal Chapels vice president for Mortuary and Chapel Operations Jaime B. Bangalan (leftmost), Eternal Gardens vice president for Finance Marvin C. Timbol, and vice president for Sales and Marketing Jose Antonio V. Rivera.

Aside from the awarding ceremony, there was also a Search for the Male and Female Stars of the Night, which was won by Naga Branch, through their representatives Rodolfo Pacheco, Sr. and Josephine Reyes. During their traditional dance, the couple was serenaded by one of the country’s top performers Randy Santiago, who also entertained the crowd with medleys of upbeat songs and some of his greatest hits.

Another highlight of the evening was the grand raffle draw of exciting cash prizes. The following day, qualified sales managers and agents flew to Taiwan with the branch managers and executives as part of their incentives for a very productive year.

Eternal Gardens honors its achievers, legends, champions for 2016

 

Philippine memorial industry leader Eternal Gardens honored its top producers for 2016 during its Grand Annual Awards Night held last April 19, 2017, Wednesday, at the Ambassador Hall of the Manila Grand Opera Hotel in Sta. Cruz Manila.

Rep. Mario Vittorio Mariño of the 5th congressional district of Batangas, comprised of Batangas City, in his keynote speech hailed the increased presence of Eternal Gardens in the province. To date, the company has three modern memorial parks in Batangas, including two in Batangas City’s  barangay Balagtas and Concepcion, and one in Lipa City.

Rep. Mario Vittorio ‘Marvey’ A. Mariño with the top executives of Eternal Gardens

Rep. Mario Vittorio ‘Marvey’ A. Mariño of the 5th District of Batangas poses with top Eternal Gardens executives who presented a special gift to him as a token of appreciation following his keynote speech during the company’s Annual Awards Night. He is flanked by, from left, Numeriano B. Rodrin, Eternal Gardens president and COO; D. Edgard A. Cabangon, chairman of the board and CEO; D. Edward A. Cabangon, president of sister companies ALC Realty Corp. and ALC Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation; and Benjamin V. Ramos, vice chairman of Eternal Gardens.

He paid tribute to Eternal Gardens founder Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua’s strong entrepreneurial spirit, saying that it was not only profitability that drove the ALC Group founder to open up companies but also his passion to render service to countrymen through his companies.

He called on the officers and staff and sales force members of Eternal Gardens to preserve and keep alive the Ambassador’s legacy of commitment to excellence in products and service offered to Filipino families.

Aside from Batangas City, Eternal Gardens also has branches in Baesa, Caloocan City; and in the cities of Biñan and Santa Rosa in Laguna Province; Lipa, Dagupan, Cabanatuan, Naga and Cagayan de Oro City (Greenhills Park).

Eternal Gardens' top producers for 2016 with company executives

Top row from left: Ramos, Victoria C. Nava, vice president for HRMD; Jose Antonio V. Rivera, vice president for Sales and Marketing; and Rodrin. Bottom row from left: Elmer M. Lorica, president and COO of Eternal Plans, Inc.; Helen Abesa, top general agency manager; Nayda Cuenca, top regular unit manager who is also the Rookie of the Year for the same category; Cynthia Leycano, top regular sales counselor; and Marvin C. Timbol, vice president for Finance of Eternal Gardens.

More than 60 sales associates and executives were honored for top sales production in various categories. They include Helen Abesa, top general agency manager; Nayda Cuenca, top regular unit manager who is also the Rookie of the Year for the same category; and Cynthia Leycano, top regular sales counselor.

Another Rookie of the Year awardee was Domnina Livra Franzuela for the regular sales counselor category. For the Garden League category, the awardees were Ma. Theresa Manlapig, top league manager; and Rachelle Anne Manlapig, top regular sales counselor.

In her acceptance speech, Abesa thanked the management of Eternal Gardens, her unit managers and sales counselors, and her fellow sales associates from the other branches who have all served as inspiration to her. She also paid tribute to Ambassador Cabangon Chua by saying, “nagtatagal ang Eternal Gardens because we follow the good example set by Amba.”

Cuenca, on the other hand, expressed confidence that Eternalites will continue to succeed because of the support of the management. “I am confident that we will succeed because we are given the tools and skills to do so. It is an honor and joy to be part of the Eternal Gardens family,” she said.

Laycano, who received her third consecutive Top RSC Award that night, said in her speech that she made the right choice with the company and her agency. “Success is not only about working hard. But it is also about making the right choice. I can say that with Eternal Gardens, I made the right choice. With GES Agency, I made the right choice,” she said.

Eternal Gardens chairman and chief executive officer D. Edgard A. Cabangon also gave a special message to Eternalites. “This event would not have been possible without you,” he said, acknowledging the agency managers and sales executives. He congratulated them for their achievements and thanked them for their unwavering support to the company. “As what my dad and our founder always used to say, without you Eternal Gardens will not be here, that’s why we are very grateful for all your help and support,” Cabangon said.

Aside from the awarding ceremony, there was also a Search for the Male and Female Stars of the Night, which were won by Mario Manalo of Batangas Branch and Gloria Sanchez of Lipa Branch, respectively. During their traditional dance, the couple was serenaded by one of the country’s top balladeers Hadji Alejandro, who also sang some of his classic hits to entertain the crowd.

Another highlight of the evening was the grand raffle draw or exciting cash prizes. The following day, qualified sales managers and agents flew to Hong Kong with the branch managers and executives as part of their incentives for a very productive year.

Our Pillars of Success: The Grand Annual Awards Night for 2015

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.

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.

HLURB commissioner and CEO Atty. Antonio M. Bernardo delivers his special message

HLURB commissioner and CEO Atty. Antonio M. Bernardo delivers his keynote address

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.

Eternal Gardens’ top executives and Atty. Bernardo with the Hall of Fame Awardees

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 Stars of the Night being serenaded by Ms. Ivy Violan

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