MANILA -- William T. Belo, the founder and chairman emeritus of Wilcon Depot, received the most prestigious award given by Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) during the awarding of the 20th Outstanding Filipino Retailers and Shopping Centers of the Year (OFR-SCY) last July 26 at Solaire Resort and Casino.
Dubbed the “Oscars of the Philippine Retail Industry,” the OFR-SCY award seeks to honor the cream of the crop of Philippine retailing, such as retailers and shopping centers that epitomize the model of success and good ethical practices.
The PRA Board conferred Belo the title “Patriarch of Home Building Retail” for the 12th President's Award, the highlight of the said event. He was officially included in the list of PRA President's Awardees that have made invaluable contributions to the growth of Philippine retailing.
Previous recipients of the prestigious award include Henry Sy (Father of Philippine Retailing), Fernando Zobel de Ayala (Pillar of Philippine Retail Development), Jorge Araneta (Pioneer of Philippine Retail Entertainment), Samie Lim (Pioneering Pillar of Franchising), Socorro Ramos (Matriarch of Philippine Retailing), John Gokongwei Jr. (Champion of Retail Entrepreneurship), Amb. Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. (Father of Luxury Retailing), Mariano Que (Father of Health and Wellness Retailing), Teresita Sy-Coson (Philippine Retailing’s Woman Visionary Leader), Dr. Andrew Tan (Pillar of Mixed-Use Developments), and Lucio L. Co (Patron of Micro-Retail Entrepreneurship).
Having a strong reputation and leadership, Belo leads the company with fortitude and outstanding customer-centered practices which allowed Wilcon Depot to expand its domain in the retail industry.
Aside from Belo's recognition, Wilcon Depot, the country's premiere home improvement and construction supplies retailer, also received an award for “Specialty Retailer Award-Mega Category” during the awards night. Wilcon Depot won the title after showing excellence in selling and carrying closely related categories.
For 40 years in the industry, Wilcon Depot continues to provide home-building solutions by offering quality local and international brands to Filipino homeowners and builders.
Wilcon Depot, under the leadership of Belo, will continuously bring exceptional service to the retail industry and the Filipino community. This recognition will give Wilcon Depot greater motivation to improve their business that will further strengthen consumers perception of their growing status in the industry.
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