Community and Coffee
Partnering with Frank & Dean, The Young Professionals Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) hosted their first event of the year last March 26, 2019: “The Role of Coffee in a Community” — a young professionals’ coffee mixer. Playing with the idea of coffee having a pivotal role in positive productivity and loaded dialogues, the place was quickly buzzing with connections being made, ideas being exchanged, and stories being shared.
Young professionals from different businesses and backgrounds, diverse in positions and specialties flocked together for an afternoon of conversation, networking, and coffee. The event is in part with the efforts of The Young Professionals Committee– headed by Ignition’s very own Atty. Juan Paolo Villonco– to engage, attract, and develop young professionals through broader networking and knowledge.
Meanwhile, Frank & Dean did what they do best and provided these upstarts not only their best brews, but also a collaborative environment filled with creativity, innovation, and collaboration.
The successful event was also attended by top members of AmCham, including Ebb Hinchliffe, the Executive Director; Program Manager, Committees and Industry Relations, Vicky Co; Membership Manager, Pauline Santos; and Industry Development Specialist, Beatrice Baldonado. Frank & Dean itself was also represented with some of Frank & Dean’s Managing Directors Javier Mabanta, Nathania Villonco, and Miguel Escueta.
Funny how we almost always turn to coffee to awaken our senses and function in the morning. We overlook the fact that coffee, more often than not, plays the middleman between parties. At the end of the mixer, everyone was carrying with them new acquaintances, open possibilities, and fresh ideas.