Ladies and Gentlemen, good afternoon to one and all once again.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, officers and members of the Shareholders’ Association of the Philippines (SharePHIL), I profusely thank you all for sharing your afternoon with us.
When we at the SharePHIL Board first discussed holding this summit, I had my personal reservation basically because SharePHIL is a very young organization. I felt that we have not yet gained enough credibility and stature to attract attention and support. But the interest and enthusiasm I have personally witnessed - from the time that we started soliciting sponsorships up to the keynote speeches, panel discussion and open forum this afternoon – has pleasantly proven me wrong.
I would not be saying these words without the invaluable support of our keynote speakers, panelists, and moderator, who have so graciously lent their names and shared their wisdom to make this summit truly credible and insightful. To Ambassador Ahmad, the Philippines Most Valuable Player MVP, Director General Lilia de Lima, Ed Chua, Cora de la Paz, Ed Francisco, Joey Lim, Tony Lopez, Bill Luz, and Peter Wallace - from the bottom of our hearts, thank you all very much.
To our generous sponsors and donors, we wish to assure you that you have correctly put your bet in SharePHIL, and we will not betray your trust and confidence.
To our co-presentor and parent, the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), friends from the media especially our media sponsors, thank you for your show of support.
To our role model and inspiration, the Securities Investors Association (Singapore), represented by Christopher Cheong, thank you for the MOA that you have signed with us this afternoon. Being a young organization, SharePHIL truly looks forward to your assistance and guidance in the years to come.
Last but not definitely the least, to our hardworking committee chairman, Mon Fernandez, our sole part-time staff, Ada Mabbayad, MAP Executive Director Arnold Salvador, and the MAP and Dusit Hotel staff, thank you for all the hard work and sleepless nights preparing for this summit.
In closing, we take your support as a resounding statement that SharePHIL is a good cause that must be pursued with all enthusiasm and vigor. You will hear, see, and feel us more as we move forward in action in the pursuit of our vision and mission for our small investors and capital market. For SharePHIL, failure is not an option. We will prove our worth. We will deliver!
Again, a million thanks to one and all and please join us in the modest appreciation and networking cocktails that we have prepared for you.
Maraming, maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat!