Miriam College’s Marketing and Finance students won a number of awards for their admirable performance throughout the Mini-Company Competition that ended last March 26. Their awards were given at the 46th Junior Achievement of the Philippines (JAPI) Annual Awards Night.
 
The team (top photo), whose business name for the competition was Sorellanza Inc, won 1st runner-up in the Company of the Year category and 2nd place in the Business Plan Competition. Winning individual awards were (bottom right photo): Marie Manalo, President of the Year; Alexandra Alberto, VP of the Year for Marketing; Eliza Garcia, VP of the Year for Human Resources; Christine Jacinto, 1st-runner up for VP for Finance; and Arianna Berro, 2nd runner-up for VP for Public Relations. These were the results of the five-month operational period of the competition that involved formulation, implementation and conclusion or liquidation of the mini-company.
 
SOLB, Sorellanza Inc.’s product, is a hybrid solar-bank and mobile-phone organizer. It can accommodate a solar bank (solar-powered charger) on the left side, and a smartphone on the other. The company’s mission was to advocate the use of solar power and conserve electricity. The company saw an opportunity for strengthening their mission and partnered with the Solar Power Initiative (SPIN) Project, a non-governmental organization. They will help in providing solar-powered nipa huts that house an array of electronic media for educational purposes. Sorellanza will be giving P10, 000 to SPIN as a show of support for their advocacy.
 
In a separate category, Miriam College Marketing head and Advertising and Marketing professor Romualdo A. Romualdo (bottom left photo), won the “Registered Marketing Educator” title. His experiences involve consultancy work, market research, and handling various brands such as Dockers and Levi Strauss. JAPI honored him for his many achievements in the field and recognized him as one of the top marketers in the industry. 

Miriam College has been part of JAPI's heritage for seven consecutive years, being the only school in the Philippines accorded the Hall of Fame award for three consecutive wins.  The college has been training its participants to become future leaders and innovators by providing hands-on avenues that practice both the art and science of business. 

Bottom right photo shows the individual category awardees with JA Asia Pacific President Vivian Lau (center) and CBEA Dean, Dr. Tony Lopez.

Photo credit: JAPI and Alex Alberto