PFIP makes 2018 Sportsfest a success


By: Frank Leo Aniscal - Published October 26, 2018

Philippine Financial Industry Pride (PFIP) made another memorable night at The Upper Deck Sports Center as it held the 2018 PFIP Sportsfest last Saturday, October 20.

A ton of sports enthusiasts, mostly composed of the members of the LGBT community, gathered to represent their companies for the said annual event that was organized by the leaders of PFIP led by PFIP Chair Ronil Villacorta, in partnership with Kings of the Court / STR8 Philippines, and sponsored by JP Morgan Chase and Company (JPMC) and Deutsche Bank Group.

"PFIP started five years ago, in 2013, which has five member organizations. It has grew over the years.nd this year, we are celebrating our five years in the Philippines. We now have 31 member organizations from different industries, but primarily they are from financial services. The league (PFIP Sportsfest) started three years ago because we wanted to build more relationship among the member organizations and at the same time promote that level of competitiveness among each other," Villacorta narrated PFIP's humble beginnings until its success in the present time.

Raising their company's name, Manulife overcame the high competition and claimed the championship in the Volleyball Tournament, while JP Morgan Chase and Company (JPMC) smashed their way to get the Badminton championship trophy.

Last year's Volleyball champion, Wells Fargo, still fought with lots of passion as they claimed the first runner-up recognition. In Badminton, Refinitiv got everyone's respect even though falling a win-short from taking away the championship trophy as they also finished as first runner-up.

When asked if there are prizes for the winning teams, "Absolutely! It's the prestige and the bragging rights," Villacorta expressed. "There is no monetary prizes at this kind of competition, but we wanted to foster competitiveness among each other by preparing for this annual event. It's the prestige for winning the competition."

PFIP Chair Villacorta also gave credits to the people and organizations behind the success of PFIP Sportsfest, which had the theme: "Collaboration, Partnership and Belongingness as a United Community."

"The passion of the people behind PFIP in driving what we want to call workplace inclusion in the Philippine settings. And of course, the support of the organizations. This will not be possible without the funds and the resources of the companies. The sponsorship and the trust of their senior leaders to have their people represent their organizations," according to Villacorta regarding PFIP's mission.

Making this celebration possible, PFIP leaders and members gave all their efforts to provide a high quality service to the participants, marking this event an unforgettable experience. Michael Vincent Lim, PFIP's head of Membership Engagement Lead, together with Dan Diosana of Membership Engagement, and Communications' Jai Carinan, Michael Santos, and Aris Ambal, had their hardworks in organizing the sportsfest paid off upon receiving positive feedbacks from the players. 

Joining the one-day event, the companies were composed of ANZ, Capital One, Chevron, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, DTCC Manila, Emerson, Infosys, ING, JPMC, Manulife, Refinitiv, Wells Fargo, and Willis Towers Watson.

Prizes were also given away to the winners of the raffle contest.

To end the sportsfest, the organizers invited all teams to be part of the PFIP 5th Year Anniversary that will be held at Nobu Hotel on October 26, 2018.