To publicly acknowledge its latest Philippines Trusted Brands and personality award winners, Reader’s Digest went virtual for the celebration.

Due to the pandemic, the traditional awards ceremony could not be held, but Reader’s Digest was determined to recognize “success that deserves to be celebrated” says Asia Reader’s Digest Editor-in-Chief Louise Waterson. The inaugural virtual awards for The Philippines (plus Singapore and Malaysia) is live on the website. Also see here: (

Asia Reader’s Digest Advertising & Retail Director Sheron White says, “You can sit in the comfort of your own home and enjoy viewing the award winners – those voted the most trusted by the public.” For the first time in the award’s 23-year history, the live celebration had to be cancelled but all is certainly not lost.

The awards recognize which brands, products and services are best and above the rest in the eyes of the community and cover a host of categories. Check out the video on the website to discover, for example, the companies most worthy of your trust when it comes to things as varied as baby stores, shopping centres/malls, pharmacies, TV networks, and eye centres.

Reader’s Digest commissioned international leading research company, Catalyst Consultancy and Research, to conduct the survey to determine the most excellent, remarkable and outstanding companies. A total of 1,500 consumers throughout the country were asked to rank companies according to their trustworthiness and credibility, their quality and value, their understanding of consumer needs, their innovation and social responsibility.

Sheron says the awards provide a great indicator for the general public. Purchasing from a company voted the best by Filipinos gives consumers the confidence that they are making the right choice.

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She says category winners included newcomers as well as many who had visited the podium on many occasions in the past, with recipients awarded gold and platinum medals.  Baguio Oil, for example, has won the cooking oil category 16 times, while Citi has again enjoyed winning the credit card issuing bank category – for the 12th time. Also enjoying 12 consecutive years’ success is PLDT Home Fibr that took home a platinum medal in the broadband/fibre internet category. Meanwhile, ACER Philippines won the award for the 11th time for the personal computer category. It appears that the most trusted company to buy meat from in the Philippines is Monterey – and consumers have known this for ten years now. A first-time winner in the investment fund category was BDO, but this company has enjoyed accolades in the bank, and credit card issuing bank categories for many years and continues to do so.

Cookie Bartolome, Integrated Marketing and Customer Experience Head, ABS-CBN: “
“We wish to thank Reader’s Digest for this recognition. For the past 67 years ABS-CBN’s mission is to be of service to the Filipino, and to be voted as a Trusted Brand is how through our brand of service, we have earned the trust  and support of millions of Filipinos. This award also serves both as a reminder and inspiration of how at all times we should give our best to inspire and uplift Filipinos wherever they may be.”

More than 50 categories are featured in the trusted brands awards, some of which had multiple winners. New categories are added over the years, with milk tea being an inaugural addition this year. The virtual awards ceremony features a selection of the winners.

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The awards also included personality categories that judged: most trusted TV host/presenter of news and current affairs was won by Jessica Soho; most trusted entertainment and variety presenter Vice Ganda; most trusted radio presenter Mike Enriquez; and most trusted sports personality Sen. Manny Pacquiao. All this is also documented in the virtual awards with some of the winners making guest appearances.

Vice Ganda: Thank you Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands awards for naming me as the most trusted TV personality host ofr this year I am so grateful that you appreciate my work as an entertainment god bless you.
Mike Enriquez: “Thank you Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand for this award, for this most cherished award. Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration to do even better, and thank you for recognizing our profession.”
Jessica Soho: “Once more thank you to Reader’s Digest for this award and the trust this couldn’t have come at a better time because things are really hard right now and we all could do with the extra push and inspiration. Thank you for going out of your way to give this out despite the restritions and congratulations to the other winners.”

Celebrate your favourite brands and personality winners in the Inaugural Virtual Trusted Brands Awards Video now.


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