Saturday, May 24, 2008

Pinay Wins Emirates Business Women's Award 2008

One of the eight winners of the Emirates Business Women's Awards 2008 is a Filipina chemist who is the Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of Geoscience Testing Laboratory in Dubai. She is the first ever Filipino awardee to received the Emirates Business Women Award.

Engr. Mary Jane Alvero-Al Mahdi bagged two of the upper prestigious awards, the professional category (1st runner up) and criterion award for Leadership. Awarding was held last May 20, 2008 at Grand Hyatt Dubai.

An Alumni of Adamson University with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. She was an active committee member of AdUChESS during her college days. She is also a member of ChE Blues and consistently supports and generously assists the financing of the group activities like the annual Outreach Program here in the Philippines.

She is the Chief Chemist of Al Futtaim Tarmac Laboratory in Dubai from 1993-1998 before becoming the General Manager/CEO of Geoscience Testing Laboratory. Jane is a holder of Master in Quality Management Degree from the University of Wollongong in Dubai and Master in Engineering Systems Management from the American University of Sharjah. A certified ISO Lead Auditor certified Project Manager and a six Sigma Master Blackbelt Level. She is a certified trainer/educator and one of the founders of Filipino Degerati Association that assists Philippine emissaries in Dubai to train Filipinos in computer application for free. She is a member of American Management Association, Project Management Institute, UAE Society of Engineers and Filipino Degerati Association.

She mentioned in our phone conversation and in some of her interviews that the main reason for her success is her leadership, vision and the trainings in many fields. She plans to further study for a doctorate and professionally aims to give the company a regional presence.

She makes us proud and uplifts the status of Filipinos. Filipinos have once again proven their world class leaderships and professionalism in work and in community service. You made our country proud once again...

Sources of info and photos: My classmates in Dubai
Engr. Allan Eugene Canoy & Engr. Louie De Castro
The Awardee - Engr. Mary Jane Alvero-Al Mahdi

Geoscience Testing and Lab. staff reporter: Lily B. Libo-on

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Just got another break from work, so I decided to visit my friend Paul at Baguio. I've been here for so may times so I ask him where else can we go? He suggested Asin Hot Springs in Benguet so the plan trip was scheduled.

We arrived at Baguio at around 8:00am with Third, Ian and Al. Paul meet us in the terminal and we had lunch at Diner Star. We proceed to the place arranged by Paul so we can relax for a while and later in the afternoon we went to Mines View Park , stroll at Central Mall and played bowling. My brother (a friend) Dodie and Frank also arrived, they will also be joining at Asin the following day. After the games, we buy some foods for our dinner and breakfast. Chef Ian made the preparation and cook some foods for us.

The next day we go to market to complete the things we needed for the overnight at Asin. It was raining that time in Baguio, luckily not in Asin , Benguet where we will go on swimming on natural hot springs. Asin Hot Spring Resort is a popular destination not just for the locals who warm themselves from the cool weather of Baguio but as well as foreigners. Our destination is in Asin Riverview Water Park. It has Hotel and Restaurant, 3 built swimming pools with relaxing warm water, one of which has a slide for the kids. Shower rooms with heated water. All of us take a dip, have fun and stayed all day long.

Going here in Asin is quite an experience as we enjoyed passing on a narrow road and through the two small tunnels that were curved through the mountains. On the Hot Springs, when you're on the pool the water is truly soothing and realxing and you will be amazed and fall in love as you look from the top and find yourself surrounded by trees and mountains as if your in paradise.