By EDD K. USMAN
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(SDN) — A team from the University of the Philippines (UP) dubbed “GOSAKTO300K” has emerged champion in the 1st Huawei Sales Elite Challenge 2019
Composed of Carl Adrian Patco, Anthony Gene Sarino, Andrew Brandon Ong, Isabelle Beatriz Ginez, and Louise Hezekiah Rance, the team ran away with the Php300,000 cash prize and a certificate, not to say bragging right.
Huawei Philippines Public Relations General Manager Karenina “Karrie” Escueta-Buenafe announced this the other day, saying the challenge marked involved three phases.
The second place worth Php150,000, with plaque and a certificate went to Team Huhuwawei comprised of students from UP and Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), namely: Anne Sherine Constantino (PUP), Stephen Destura (UP), Jericho Reta (PUP), Ted Angelo (UP), and Jen Givan Turla (PUP).
The team called “Huawawei” took the third place with Php90,000 cash prize, plaque and certificate. Its members come from Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), Mapua University, UP, PUP. They are Wilhelm Noble (PUP), Kimberly Ellice Chua (AdMU), Bridget Noelle Legaspi (UP), Lance Quinto (Mapua), and Ken Harvey Dela Cruz (UP).
Escueta-Buenafe said that aside from the Top 3 awards, Huawei Philippines gave out 13 Individual Awards for their exceptional performance during the Commercial Bidding phase of the challenge. Each of them took home the latest Huawei Mate 30 Pro smartphone and plaque.
They are Janie Eunice Comia (UP), Anne Sherine Constantino (PUP), Stephen Destura (UP), Jen Givan Turla (PUP), Kirsten Rae Hipolito (UP), Nikko Marcelo Palomares (UP), Carl Adrian Patco (UP), Anthony Gene Sarino (UP), Louise Hezekiah Rance (UP), Wilhelm Noble (PUP), Charles Christian Kim Biunas (Ateneo), Tiffany Joy Marie Lim (Ateneo), Renei Katherine Tabucol (Mapua).
A total of 200 students applied to join the challenge. Huawei pared down the applicants to only 50 and grouped into 10 groups (five members each).
The competition’s first challenge was the Commercial Bidding with the top 5G Network Deployment of Carrier S Project where the 10 groups participated in the mock bidding. Of the groups, the top 5 advanced to the next level called the Marketing Practice.
With the second level of the challenge, the students experienced retail marketing first hand conducted in selected Huawei Concept Stores.
The last challenge consisted of the final presentation during which the remaining students shared their experiences in the Marketing Practice phase.
Through the Huawei Sales Elite Challenge, the Chinese tech titan aims to boost the promotion of positions in the sales category, identify and recruit excellent students, and improve branding.
It was the first time Huawei conducted the competition outside China, as noted by Francis Rosario, Huawei Philippines deputy Human Resource (HR) director.
“This prestigious competition is actually held only in China. And, frankly, the Philippines is the first country outside China to host this competition. We are first among 170 country offices of Huawei globally to launch the competition,” he said.
Huawei HR Director Ms. Jade Cao lauded the student as she expressed her gratitude for their participation.
“I want to thank all of you (students) because in three days you were with Huawei to practice our company’s Vision and Mission which is ‘Bring Digital to Everyone Person, Home and Organization for a Fully Connected and Intelligent World.'”
She added the Sales Elite Challenge event forms part of the Huawei Human Resources Program to identify exceptional students and contribute to local talent development in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Gartner said that for the third quarter of the year (3Q2019), Huawei has maintained its second place ranking in the world’s Top 5 selling smartphone vendors, even doubling its sales increase.
It is the same place the Chinese giant ICT company had in the 2Q2019. (SDN)
Images supplied by Huawei Philippines.