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Makati City, May 1, 2019 - Philippine professional communicators took on significant roles in the 2019 IABC Gold Quill Awards of the San Francisco, US-based International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) as IABC named the Philippines as a new site of its 2019 Blue Ribbon Panel that evaluated global entries to the prestigious Awards that will be awarded in June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada.

The Philippines joined evaluation sites in San Francisco, New York and Chicago in the US, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, Vancouver and London in Ontario in Canada, Johannesburg in South Africa, and in London, England.
Philippine Chair for the Gold Quill Awards Blue Ribbon Panel, Ritzi Villarico-Ronquillo, APR said, “Having the Philippines as a new Gold Quill Awards Blue Ribbon Panel evaluation site honors our country, and recognizes the competence and integrity of our communicators to score entries from other countries. As a long-time IABC evaluator and Gold Quill recipient, I am happy to see our communicators at world stage.”

Chosen from the Philippines for competence, integrity and experience and trained in the stringent Gold Quill rubrics and standards were: Ritzi Villarico-Ronquillo, APR as country panel chair and evaluator; Joe Zaldarriaga of Meralco, Belle Tiongco of Football for Humanity, Kane Errol Choa, APR of ABS-CBN Corporation, Richard Arboleda of EON, Inc.; Mariquit Lintag and Don Peji of Sun Life Financial Philippines, Ramon Isberto, APR of Smart/PLDT, Maricar Bautista of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Dave Devilles of Aboitiz Construction, Liza Vengco, ABC of RCBC, Mark Quebal of Chevron Philippines, Inc., Carla Sison, ABC, APR of Lopez Holdings Corporation. Sujit Patil, ABC of Mumbai, India’s Godrej Industries Ltd and Associate Companies, joined the Philippine-based Blue Ribbon Panel.

For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards is acknowledged as a global prestigious award that has recognized business communication excellence worldwide. Entries are evaluated by global professional communicators with over 10 years of experience, have earned Gold Quill Awards, have chaired IABC award programs, and most important, are trained to evaluate entries against established criteria aligned with IABC’s Global Standard of the communication profession.
IABC Philippines is the country chapter currently headed by Joe Zaldarriaga, Chairman, and Belle Tiongco, President.

About the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
With 10,000 members and more than 100 chapters worldwide, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is the only global association that connects business communication professionals with the people and insights needed to drive business results. Founded in 1970 and supporting professional communicators at the heart of every organization, IABC serves the collective disciplines of business communication professionals through professional development offerings, certifications, awards and recognition programs, online resources, Communication World magazine and the annual World Conference.More information on the 2019 World Conference is available at:

About IABC Philippines
IABC Philippines is the first IABC chapter outside the United States. Celebrating its 36th year in 2019, it continues to uphold excellence in business communication through masterclasses and other learning activities that equip its memberprofessionals with trend and global-standard communication skills and strategies. It is also behind The Philippine Quill, The Philippine Student Quill, and The CEO EXCEL Award programs, which honor brilliant communication work by organizations, students, and business leaders, respectively.