Bellas Artes Projects Founder Jam Acuzar and Hon. Menchie Abalos headline this year's special awards in Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Welfare

Mayor Menchie Abalos' forray into politics started when she became First Lady of Mandaluyong.

She also became President of the Kababaihan Kakaiba ng Mandaluyong, a city-based organization that aimed to promote women empowerment through sustainable livelihood projects.

Concurrently, she also served as the City Nutrition Officer from 1998 to 2016, spearheading children’s health and nutrition initiatives.

Already an awarded and celebrated city—consistently being conferred the Seal of Good Local Governance by the Department of the Interior and Local Government—the City of Mandaluyong continues to be recognized and has become a pioneer in the adoption of technology under her leadership.

Jam Acuzar's groundbreaking work in art patronage has put the Philippines on the map in the international art scene.

Her extensive knowledge and experience have sparked rich dialogue that have uplifted the overall condition of local craftsmen and artisans.

At the heart of one of our nation’s most renowned heritage sites—Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar—lies Bellas Artes Projects, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes Filipino craftsmanship and artistry through artist residencies and projects. They also run a non-profit space in Makati called Bellas Artes Outpost that champions arts education, exhibitions and offers a public art library.

While she continues to wear many hats—slowly taking over her father’s real estate business and managing her foundation, she remains focused on her goal of putting Filipino art and artists up to par with other countries.