CyberPress fetes 2012’s best in local IT

Dec 26, 2012 by

The I.T. Journalists Association of the Philippines (CyberPress) on December 21, 2012 held its Christmas party at the  Arts in the City events center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. The gangster themed party, dubbed as  the ”Mobsters and Gangsters at the World’s End” saw the country’s top technology journalists and guests from the IT industry, PR firms and partners in their best gangster attire.

L-R: ICTO executive director Louis Casambre, Alora Guerrero of TV5/, IBM’s first female local chief  and “IT Executive of the Year” Mariels Almeda Winhoffer, Jing Garcia of

 Highlighting the event was the annual CyberPress Awards, recognizing the country’s top IT company, executive, startup, product, story and Lifetime achievement awardee for the year. The 2013 CyberPress board were also sworn in and new CyberPress members were inducted. A fundraising auction was also made for the victims of  typhoon Pablo. The fun quiz night and the cheerful hosts kept the party going.

Congratulations to the awardees and Congratulations to CyberPress! Happy Holidays!

The 2013 CyberPress board, R-L: JM Tuazon of InterAksyon, Alora Guerrero of TV5/, TJ Dimacali of GMA News Online, Melvin Calimag of, Jing Garcia of InterAksyon/TV5 and Paolo Montecillo of Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Official Press release below:

CyberPress fetes 2012’s best in local IT

For launching a number of hit products that allowed the company to dominate the consumer tech market, Samsung Philippines was cited as “IT Company of the Year” by the IT Journalists Association of the Philippines, also known as Cyberpress, during a recent awards ceremony in Taguig City.

The South Korean firm, which rolled out this year popular devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Note II, beat tech behemoth IBM Philippines by the slimmest of margins to take the crown.

IBM Philippines celebrated its 75th anniversary this year and was an early front-runner in the race. Known by the moniker “Big Blue”, the company brought in this year Sam Palmisano, its former CEO and chair in the Philippines, and opened two new offices in Davao and Clark, Pampanga.

Although it narrowly lost out to Samsung as the country’s top tech firm, IBM’s first female local chief was named “IT Executive of the Year” by the Cyberpress. Mariels Almeda Winhoffer, who is in her first year in office, was recognized by the IT scribes for deftly leading the company in a number of initiatives, particularly in building up the Philippines as the social analytics hub of IBM.

The DOST’s Project Noah was adjudged as “IT Product of the Year”, a pioneering program that contributed in saving thousands of lives in a year that saw devastating typhoons pummel the country.

Payroll Hero, a Filipino start-up that is making a name in the international scene, was selected as “IT Start-up of the Year.” Payroll Hero uses employees face as primary biometric to avoid bundy punching and ghost employees. These clock-in pics are further given a mood rating to establish an array of business intelligence to companies corollaries between productivity and mood.

The passage of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which set off a wave of protests from Pinoy netizens, was the runaway choice as “IT Story of the Year”.

Honored as this year’s “Lifetime Achievement Awardee” for his meritorious contributions to the local and global IT industry is Silicon Valley-based Filipino tech icon Diosdado “Dado” Banatao.

Banatao, who is currently chairman of PhilDev Forum, pioneered a number of PC technologies such as the graphics accelerator chip that are still being used in the high-tech industry. His brother, Victor, received the plaque in his behalf.

Also during the awards night, members of the Cyberpress raised more than P40,000 for victims of Typhoon ‘Pablo’ by auctioning off three major raffle prizes (iPhone 5 from Globe Telecom, iPad Mini from Bazinga, and an Olympus digicam from Metrobank). Chinese phonemaker ZTE, through its local distributor MSI-ECS, also donated 50 phone units for the typhoon victims.

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