The SGV Tax Core Team, Business Tax Services Partners Jay A. Ballesteros (JAB) and Allenierey Allan V. Exclamador (AVE), and International Tax Services/Transfer Pricing Services Group Senior Manager Auresana Torres received the Client Centricity Award, Integration and Teaming Award, and Exceptional Talent Award, respectively, during the EY Asia-Pacific Executive Tax Update event held on 1 and 2 December 2021. The event was attended by Tax executives from EY member firms in the Asia-Pacific Region. Client Centricity Awardees The Client Centricity Award is given to an individual or team who has acted as a trusted advisor, demonstrated exceptional client service, exceptional service quality, leveraged sector expertise, focused on accounts, and helped build the EY/Tax brand. In the face of the pandemic, the SGV Tax Core Team delivered speedy and risk-managed closure of tax audits while working with tax authorities. The team was also instrumental in becoming a market leader in advising on Philippine transfer pricing regulations. The Team’s client portfolio includes a number of leading multinational clients. The SGV Tax Core Team is composed of managers representing all clusters in SGV Tax. It is composed of Katherine G. Fernandez, Marivic M. Rebulanan, Joanna Marie M. Cobacha, Angelo Ramil A. Mongaya, Rose T. Tejerero, Mary Grace N. Cabalida, Zorayda H. Panumpang, Gerardo C. Caiga, Hanna S. Rojo, Don Don T. Mojica, Maria Michaela E. Ledesma, Earvin Darren L. Lee, Gecel G. Codera-Ong, June Catherine G. Tañedo, Joyce Elaine H. Laohoo, Maria Clara Theresa David, Salvador R. Rey, Karen Mae L. Calam, Anne Margaret Momongan, Edison Ortiz, Rule Amethyst L. Oporto, Marian Kris B. Santos, Donna Frances Ylade-Torres, Joan Rouella P. Corrales, Josephine Grace R. Sandoval, Jo Ann Marie O. Casio, Yzrael Edwin Pineda, Rommelle I. Delos Santos, Almer A. Sison, Sta. Cecilia S. Visto, Lindsey S. Fabella, Faustina Victoria Ochoa-Sarmiento, Karen F. Fortaleza, Ana Katrina De Jesus, Andrei Christopher G. Arbas, Maxine Victor E. Manuel, Xandra Jizelle Q. Reyes, Marlynda I. Magsangcay, Jackie Lou D. Lamug, Rosalie Lapuz, Mira Ramirez, and Pamela Arellano.The Tax Core Team also keeps our people and clients informed through webinars and tax updates, focusing on the passage of new laws and tax regulations. Since its organization in October 2019, the Team has expanded its activities to also support business and sector development, consistent with SGV’s Purpose of nurturing leaders and enabling businesses for a better Philippines. As part of Project Zeus, a global project for a banking client, JAB and AVE, along with other members of the APAC FSO project team, received the Integration and Teaming Award. This award is given to the team that elevated the power of teaming in a virtual environment beyond EY’s single service lines/markets/sectors and across geographies. JAB was instrumental in driving the team’s efforts in leading the bank’s direct and indirect tax compliance while AVE played a significant role in providing ad-hoc tax support. Other members of the project team were Global Compliance and Reporting (GCR) Manager Lady Janica D. Gonzales, Business Tax Advisory (BTA) Manager Ana Ria G. Balingit, GCR Senior Ruviel V. Diez, and GCR Associates Brixter Roven A. Marge, Jenny Marie M. Sado, and Julia Bettina M. De Guia, Integration and Teaming Awardees International Tax Services/Transfer Pricing Services Group Senior Manager Auresana Torres received the Exceptional Talent Award, which is given to exceptional individuals who demonstrate transformative leadership, develop themselves and others, build an inclusive culture, and create a sense of belonging for everyone to focus on ensuring a balance of work and life commitments. Auresana is a lawyer, CPA, mentor, and leader. Her initiatives have brought numerous engagements to the team. Exceptional Talent Awardees The selection process for the awards started with nominations from Tax partners and staff for colleagues who qualify under any of five categories: Client Centricity, Exceptional Talent, Technology and Innovation, Integration and Teaming, and Living our Purpose and Values. All the nominations were assessed by an Asia-Pacific Tax jury. The winners were announced as part of the closing plenary at the Asia-Pacific Executive Tax Update on 2 December 2021. The 2021 Asia-Pacific Tax Awards - Celebrating You and Inspiring Others was part of an Area-wide campaign to celebrate exemplary behaviors and contributions, and is aligned with NextWave, EY’s strategy and ambition to create long-term value for clients, people, and society, and ultimately, Building a better working world.