When Doris Mongaya organized her first big event with Manila-based marketing firm Team Asia in 1999, the late Michael Hamlin -- the agency’s principal and author of business books -- gave her a signed copy of his book “Asia’s Best: The Myth and Reality of Asia's Most Successful Companies” with the words: “You’re one of Asia’s Best.”
These words would serve as an inspiration for the promising entrepreneur.
Doris actually started on the path of entrepreneurship a decade earlier. This she explored after years of helping uplift lives as a community organizer for non-government organizations and the government National Housing Agency (NHA).
Her first business venture, Weddings and Crafts became well-known not only for its flowers and wedding planning services but for being one of the first suppliers of hand-crafted fabric flowers to boutiques and top fashion designers in Cebu.
Doris eventually focused on public relations and event organizing as she took a course on “Entrepreneurial Leadership and Strategic Management” from the Asian Institute of Management.
Over a decade of experience as a PR practitioner in the Visayas and Mindanao soon became handy when she accepted the challenge of being Visayas media coordinator of President Rodrigo Duterte's successful election campaign.
Emmanuel 'Anol' Mongaya now counts himself as among journalists who entered the world of strategic PR. He joined PRworks Inc. in 2010 after building a name for himself in Cebu media for over two decades.
Anol first became a correspondent for the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN) and the Philippine News and Features (PNF) while working as a writer for the social action office of the Redemptorists in Cebu during the late 80s. He joined Newstime Daily as a reporter in 1989 and quickly rose to become the paper's managing editor. Sun.Star Cebu absorbed him as regions editor and later as one of the city editors in 1992.
Starting in 1994, Anol helped build as its managing editor the highly successful local-language newspaper Superbalita. When he availed of early retirement in August 2010, Superbalita was the biggest circulation daily in central and southern Philippines.
Involvement in the Cebu IT Summit of 2001, meanwhile, drew him to join online communities and the world of blogging. He maintains his personal and political blogs (inbetweencolumns.wordpress.com and politika2013.wordpress.com) even as continues to write a regular columns for Superbalita and Sun.Star Cebu.
Today, he is taking the lead in strategically transforming PRworksPH.com into an inbound marketing beast.