Holcim Philippines wins international award on communication


Holcim Philippines Vice President for Corporate Communication Ritzi Villarico Ronquillo, APR receives the Gold Quill Award of Merit for the company’s 2013 Annual Report from IABC International Executive Chairman 2014-2015 Russell L. Grossman and 2015 IABC Gold Quill Awards Chair Priya Bates.

For its engaging and people-focused way of telling the company’s story through its annual report, Holcim Philippines, Inc. recently won from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) a Gold Quill Merit Award, the first international award on communication for the cement maker.

The Gold Quill Awards program recognizes business communication excellence globally, and a most prestigious award in the industry internationally. Holcim Philippines Vice President for Corporate Communications Ritzi Villarico Ronquillo, APR received the award during the presentation ceremony on June 15 in San Francisco, California during the IABC World Conference attended by over 1,000 delegates from different countries.

“We are encouraged by this international recognition of how the continuing saga of Holcim Philippines is one of authenticity, hard and honest work and service, sustainability and consistent commitment to the balance of people, planet and profit. The Award, a tribute to the men and women of HPI, is one we share with the communities, customers and stakeholders we serve,” Ronquillo said.

Ronquillo is the first Filipina Director in the IABC International Executive Board and Trustee of the IABC Foundation. She also spoke at a panel on global communication together with speakers from Australia, Japan, China, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and moderated a session at the World Conference.

Holcim Philippines’s 2013 Annual Report titled “Discovering Holcim Philippines” tells the company’s performance highlights from the first-person point-of-view of someone just getting to know the company. It was written in a conversational manner so that as readers pore over the different sections, it is as though they are journeying through Holcim.

The Gold Quill Awards are decided by an international panel of evaluators following a stringent scale of excellence that reviews entries from different countries. This year, the Philippines was one of only 15 countries that had winners. Aside from Holcim Philippines other Philippine-based companies that won Gold Quills this year are Shell, Smart Communications, ABS-CBN, Pru Life UK, and PAGCOR.

Last March, the 2013 Holcim Philippines Annual Report also won a Philippine Quill Award of Merit award from IABC Philippines, the country chapter of IABC. The San Francisco, California-based IABC is one of the largest business communication organizations in the world with some 11,000 member-professionals in over 70 countries.