• The Filipino Times Watchlist: Top Engineers and Architects in the Middle East honoured a total of 91 Filipino professionals for their impact and contribution in the region’s engineering and architectural scene
  • The event showcases NPM Group’s commitment to the UAE’s Year of Sustainability campaign

Dubai, UAE: The winners of the inaugural ‘The Filipino Times Watchlist: Top Engineers and Architects in the Middle East’—organised by New Perspective Media (NPM) Group—have been revealed in an international summit and awards event held in Dubai, UAE.

A total of 91 Filipino professionals bagged accolades from the Awards that takes immense pride in acknowledging the indelible impact that Filipino engineers and architects have made in the Middle East’s sustainable progress and uplifting the image of the Philippines in the Arab World.

The awardees include architects (16), chemical engineers (8), civil engineers (30), electrical engineers (10), electronics & communications engineers (8), geothermal engineer (1), and mechanical engineers (18).

The Filipino achievers underwent a rigorous selection process, with 297 nominations received, and 108 shortlisted based on their demonstrated skill and leadership in their respective fields.

HE Alfonso Ver, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, said: “Having overseeing the Philippines’ bilateral relations with the countries in the Middle East and African region for several years prior to assuming my post as Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, I’m very much aware of how Filipinos have helped build this region. From the time Sheikh Zayed, the founding father, established the UAE 52 years ago, Filipino builders, engineers, and architects, helped plan, design, and build the cities of this nation quite literally. The first generation of Filipino professionals, your predecessors, built the foundations of the UAE, and this paved the way for Filipinos to be rightfully recognised, respected, and appreciated by this country, its people, and leaders.”

Hon Renato Dueñas, Jr, Philippine Consul General in Dubai, and the Northern Emirates, commented: “Filipino engineers and architects are some of the most sought-after professionals in the Middle East and for good reason: they are more than capable, hardworking, reliable and highly motivated. Our engineers and architects have been and continue to be an integral part of the development of this region and they are our country’s pride.”

Dr Karen Remo, Chief Executive Officer & Founder of New Perspective Media Group, said: “Filipino engineers and architects are at the forefront of sustainable development in the Middle East. With their exceptional skills and dedication, they have become trusted partners in shaping the region’s future. With the Arab World’s commitment to sustainability and progress, it provides the perfect stage for these professionals to showcase their exceptional abilities and drive for sustainability. As they continue to push the boundaries of innovation and excellence, Arab countries can look forward to a brighter and more sustainable future, fueled by the passion and brilliance of these outstanding Filipino engineers and architects.”

Vince Ang, Chief Operations Officer at New Perspective Media Group, commented: “The inaugural edition of The Filipino Times Watch List Summit & Awards served as a testament to the passion and tireless dedication of the publication in promoting the extraordinary achievements of Filipino professionals.”

The event, centred around the theme “Excellence and Sustainability in Building and Designing the Future,” showcases NPM Group’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility by aligning with the UAE’s Year of Sustainability campaign.

It brought together an array of distinguished UAE government officials and leading industry experts, comprising of eminent organisations such as the Dubai Future Foundation, Dubai Municipality, Philippine Embassy, Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Obermeyer, Tebodin, and Prime Group.

Judges who helped determine the awardees included Dr Mary Jane Alvero, Chief Executive Officer at PRIME Group; Engr Victorino Abejero, Managing Director at GulfTIC Certification; Engr Emelyn Martinez, Managing Director at Qualis; Dr Jeffrey Uy, Vice President, Project Management at Aldar Properties; Arch Christine Espinosa-Erlanda, Associate Partner at Godwin Austen Johnson; and Arch Suzette Peachie Bayonito, Senior Project Architect at National Engineering Bureau. They also received honorary awards during the ceremony.

Experts discuss industry trends

The summit and awards featured a lineup of renowned industry leaders and experts who delved deep into the future of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries. The thought-provoking discussion encompassed a range of critical topics, such as the GCC’s Giga and Mega Projects; the role of Industry 4.0 and AI in unlocking new opportunities; and the Middle East’s transition towards net-zero.

Among the esteemed speakers were Engr Mohamad Al-Dah, Vice President of Structural Engineers organisation; Dr Rajkumar Muthusamy, Senior Robotics Scientist at Dubai Future Foundation; and Manosh De, Urban Planning Expert at Dubai Municipality.

The event also welcomed Arch Kirby Zalameda, Design Director of Architecture at DLR Group Middle East; Engr Orandantes Delizo, Project Manager at Tebodin Middle East; Arch Woderick Pareja, AE Senior Architect at Obermeyer Middle East GmbH; Engr Leonester Diestro, Asset Lead Retail Delivery Manager at Majid Al Futtaim Properties; Engr Maynard Theodor Saga, Project Manager at Traxon Technologies; and Arch James Roy Jimenez, Senior Architect and BIM Manager at Zublin Constructions.

The summit and awards are supported by Platinum Sponsor Ayala Land International Sales, Inc., Gold Sponsor RLC Residences, and Junior Sponsors Geoscience Testing Laboratory (GTL) and African + Eastern.   

Here is the full list of awardees by professional designation:


  • Arch. Christine Espinosa-Erlanda
  • Arch. Suzette Peachie Bayonito
  • Arch. Allan J. Hock
  • Arch. Anthony T. Austria
  • Arch. Anthony R. Raquepo
  • Arch. Arnold A. Datu
  • Arch. Catherine L. Alba
  • Arch. Christopher R. Bonoan
  • Arch. Eldrid B. Refil
  • Arch. Florence Joy P. Cadorna
  • Arch. James Roy T. Jimenez
  • Arch. John Carlo J. Carlos
  • Arch. Kirby A. Zalameda
  • Arch. Leonila V. Robledo
  • Arch. Robbie Robert B. Gitgano
  • Arch. Woderick M. Pareja

Chemical Engineers:

  • Dr. Mary Jane Alvero Al Mahdi
  • Engr. Aldrin Castro
  • Engr. Arnel E. Dayao
  • Engr. Florencio G. Lopez, Jr
  • Engr. Hilbert M. Libres
  • Engr. Marco Q. Quesea
  • Engr. Rodolfo B. Yamson, Jr
  • Engr. Ronald M. De Castro

Civil Engineers:

  • Engr. Engr. Emelyn Martinez
  • Engr. Abechael Y. Capili
  • Engr. Alvin E. Alejandro
  • Engr. Ariel A. Bantugan
  • Engr. Bernie N. Favorito
  • Engr. Enrico John Niño G. Chavez
  • Engr. Jay Ar P. Legaste
  • Engr. Jestoni E. Cuizon
  • Engr. Joel G. Abaincia
  • Engr. Joeper F. Famorcan
  • Engr. Joey B. Bañadera
  • Engr. John Joseph R. Guinoo
  • Engr. Jojo R. Utram
  • Engr. Leonester V. Diestro
  • Engr. Lilian C. Geron
  • Engr. Louie James T. Bendanillo
  • Engr. Luisito S. Carlos
  • Engr. Manilyn D. Mallari
  • Engr. Manuel F. Papasin
  • Engr. Noemi S. Culala
  • Engr. Onofre P. Valencia
  • Engr. Orandantes M. Delizo
  • Engr. Preniss Ann J. Quibrantos
  • Engr. Rheesa Mae G. Alfaro
  • Engr. Richard Z. Roxas
  • Engr. Ryan B. Clarina
  • Engr. Sheena O. Mecaydor
  • Engr. Sheryl G. Dela Peña
  • Engr. Vanessa M. Malaluan
  • Engr. Yvonne O. Cabang

Electrical Engineers:

  • Engr. Victorino Abejero
  • Engr. Dene S. Horneja
  • Engr. Enrie Andy E. Vergosa
  • Engr. Frederick B. Espinosa
  • Engr. Jacob B. Sambahon
  • Engr. Mario M. Solang
  • Engr. Maximo H. Adarlo, Jr
  • Engr. Ramil A. Biador
  • Engr. Robert U. Mabulay
  • Engr. Rolando M. Nicolas

Electronics & Communications Engineers:

  • Engr. Jan Michael G. De Villeres
  • Engr. Jethroefel E. Ramboyong
  • Engr. Leonardo G. Mendoza
  • Engr. Louie Mel C. Maliksi
  • Engr. Perry L. Kwan
  • Engr. Rafael C. Lontoc
  • Engr. Reenan M. Gotis
  • Engr. Reuben James B. Sevillano

Geothermal Engineer:

  • Paul Anderson N. Vera

Mechanical Engineers:

  • Engr. Jeffrey Uy
  • Engr. Albert J. Damo
  • Engr. Arnel E. Caburnay
  • Engr. Daygrace C. Salunga
  • Engr. Dennis P. De Mesa
  • Engr. Dennis L. Magnaye
  • Engr. Deugene M. Acojido
  • Engr. Edmar F. Cabra
  • Engr. Francis Anthony M. Uy
  • Engr. Gideon C. Gucilatar
  • Engr. Jeffrey P. Arreza
  • Engr. Joanah P. Mozo
  • Engr. Jomar T. Battung
  • Engr. Kristian G. Basario
  • Engr. Manolito M. Landicho, Jr
  • Engr. Noriel M. Ong
  • Engr. Renante G. Abellanosa
  • Engr. Ryan Ben R. Sabilala


About The Filipino Times Watchlist

The Filipino Times Watchlist: Top Engineers and Architects in the Middle East honours the remarkable achievements and contributions of exceptional overseas Filipinos in the fields of engineering and architecture across industries in the UAE and the Arab World. These outstanding individuals have helped shape the landscape of the region and continue to contribute to its growth and development.

The Awards is a testament to the fervent desire of The Filipino Times, the biggest Filipino newspaper in the UAE and the largest digital platform for Filipinos in the Middle East, to give a nod to creative and innovative minds from the Philippines whose lifelong bodies of work demonstrate a combination of talent, vision, and commitment to change the face of cities, communities, and landscape across the region.

The event celebrates the passion and commitment of these individuals in planning and designing smart, sustainable, and more livable places and spaces.

The nominees for the Awards are carefully selected for their demonstrated skill and leadership in their respective fields, as well as their commitment to pushing innovation and development. The Filipino Times is proud to recognise the excellence of our fellow Filipinos and the impact they have made in uplifting the image of the Philippines.

To know more about The Filipino Times Watchlist 2022, visit www.thefilipinotimesawards.com/TFTwatchlist/, or contact:

Rain Dimalanta
New Perspective Media Group

About the organiser

New Perspective Media Group (NPM Group)


Since its establishment in 2011, NPM has served more than 1,000 brands and companies, including 20 major government agencies in the UAE (federal and Local), over 30 banking and financial institutions in the Middle East, 10 of the top real estate developers in Asia, on top of a long list of companies in the aviation, healthcare, technology, tourism & hospitality, F&B and FMCG sectors across 36 countries.


NPM Group publishes 999 Magazine, the official English publication of the UAE Ministry of Interior on behalf of the Ministry. The company is also the publisher of The Filipino Times, the biggest newspaper in the UAE with 250,000 weekly readership and the largest digital & social media platform for the Filipinos in the Middle East. TFT is read in 236 countries as per Google Analytics and receives an average of 20 million impressions per month.


NPM Group organises international conferences that gather industry and corporate leaders, businessmen, policy makers, and government bodies both from local and national government entities under one roof. Among these expositions is the annual Philippine Property & Investment Exhibition (now on its 9th edition), which is the biggest, longest, and most trusted international Filipino property investment expo. NPM is also behind Philippine Economic and Investment Summit (PIES) in Dubai, which links international and overseas Filipino investors with property developers and government units from the Philippines, in an effort to attract foreign direct investment into the country. The event also facilitates exchange of best practices between Philippine LGUs and UAE government entities and private institutions.

To know more about NPM Group contact:
Rain Dimalanta
New Perspective Media Group