And just like that 2018 has come to a close.

It’s been a very busy and challenging year for us, but nonetheless, we celebrated many milestones that truly made history for the group. Allow me to list down some of my personal favorites.

In May, we launched our second VITRO Data Center in Cebu—our tenth one spanning the Philippine archipelago—poised to serve the increased data and ICT needs of not just the city, but the entire Philippines as well.

We also held the fourth Philippine Digital Convention, where we introduced bold new products and innovations such as SD-WAN technology and Cloudline. The event brought together over 1,000 delegates as they sat in on industry-focused breakout sessions that touched on cloud, gamification, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technologies among many others. Of course, who could forget our keynote speaker Emmy-award winning host Jason Silva?

2018 was a definitive year for PLDT Enterprise as we awarded the new batch of MVP Bossings, headlined by the late George S.K. Ty as our first-ever Lifetime Achievement Awardee; and Doris Ho, our 2018 MVP Grand Bossing.

Our MVP Bossings are proof that grit, hard work, coupled with fearlessness, a strong commitment to excellence, and above all—integrity—is a no-fail combination for success. I can’t wait for you to read their inspiring stories in this issue here.

Finally, we ended the year with a bang as PLDT and Smart launched the first pilot cities for 5G in Clark and the Makati Central Business District, so we could further power the homes, enterprises, industries, and cities of the future. It’s been a historic year-ender as we conducted the first 5G video call on November 28—and on the day of PLDT's 90th anniversary, no less.

All these achievements wouldn’t be possible without you, our most loyal customers, friends, and partners. The December issue has always carried the theme, "Pasasalamat" for good reason, as this is our way of thanking you for being with us through the years.

For the second online issue of HOT JOE, we’ve packed Partner Feature with exclusive video interviews—featuring Potato Corner's Joe Magsaysay, Samsung Electronics' VP Kevin Lee, and Rizal leaders Tanay Mayor Rex Tanjuatco and Baras Mayor Kathrine Robles on how they're utilizing best-in-class technologies to service their customers and constituents even better.

I’m also very excited for you to read about our newest partnerships in On Our Radar with taxi-hailing app HirNa, the cool and hip co-working space The Office in BGC, and the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, touted to drive international investments in their blockchain and technology hub.

In this issue, we also highlight Smart Infinity’s newest brand ambassadors, headlined by fashion designer Vania Romoff, under our newest section: The Eight, Stories by Smart Infinity.

This issue also features PLDT President and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan's stellar speech during the Contact Center Association of the Philippines' iBelong Membership Card launch—and I am proud to say it is exclusively published here.

This issue wouldn’t be complete without an incisive look at the future of enterprises under The Next Big Thing, where we have stories on how Happy Skin Cosmetics and Pascual Laboratories are hinging on the Cloud to propel their businesses even further. Lastly, we have an expansive story on eSports, and how its' becoming one of the most popular sports in the world.

Of course, we packed our Events page with highlights from the 17th MVP Cup, the 2018 Asian Carriers Conference, and PLDT's 90th Anniversary Party.

There are so many other stories we’ve included in this issue, and I cannot wait for you to read them.

If 2018 is any indication of the coming year, I daresay we will have an even busier 2019!

Once again, from all of us at PLDT Enterprise, I’d like to thank all of you for your continued patronage and support, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year! We love you!