Mr. Michael Canares, managing consultant of Step Up Consulting Services was awarded Rafael Buenaventura Most Oustanding Finance Educator of the Philippines for 2009-2010. The award was given to Mr. Canares in an awarding ceremony held at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas last January 27, 2009 at 4:00 in the afternoon.
There were 10 semi-finalists who competed for the award from different schools and universities across the country, namely, De La Salle University, Technological Institute of the Philippines, University of Asia and the Pacific, Southville International School and College, and Holy Angels University of Luzon, University of San Jose Recoletos and Holy Name University of the Visayas, University of the Philippines-Mindanao and Ateneo de Cagayan of Mindanao. Mr. Canares, an assistant professor at Holy Name University beat the representative from USJR to win the regional award for the Visayas.
The following were the winners for the regional awards – For NCR: Dr. Evelita Celis, Technological Institute of the Philippines; for Luzon: Dr. Alice Valerio, De La Salle University; for Visayas: Michael Canares, Holy Name University; and for Mindanao: Dr. Virginia Lourdes Yacapin, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. From the four regional awardees, Mr. Canares was chosen as the most oustanding.
The awards were given by the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines and Citi group of Companies. The Board of judges was chaired by Mr. Cesar Buenaventura and composed of top executives and officials from Citibank, Ayala Corporation, FINEX Foundation, Asian Institute of Management, the Commission on Higher Education, and the Board of Treasury.