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Photos: Young Filipino/Thai-Filipino entrepreneurs at business networking dinner

With young entrepreneurs taking the lead in some of Thailand’s big companies and other doing SMEs (small to medium enterprises), the stereotyped Filipino identity of being teachers, nurses and professional workers in Thailand is probably getting obsolete.

Last night the Business Networking Dinner was organized by the Philippine Embassy, Philippine Trade and Investment Center (DTI Thailand), Thailand-Philippines Business Council and Philippine Franchise Association. A number of young Filipino (full-blooded and half Thais) entrepreneurs graced the event along with seasoned businessmen. 

PinoyThaiyo is grateful to be invited and here’s the list of some Filipinos/Thai-Filipinos who are making a name in the business industry.

Siblings Cadbury and Sydfrey Sanchez. Cadbury is a senior sales executive at Smartmove Property Management Services Co., Ltd. His younger brother, Sydfrey, is the owner of Bun Me (Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich). Sanchez siblings’ mom is Thai.
Dr Lawrence Honkiss (right) with wife Dr Jongkasem Julakham are owners of growing pinoy fast food restaurant Toto Inasal (Thailand). Also in photo are Sanchez brothers and hotelier Zenaida Vannaying (Vista Hotels and Akara Hotel).
Thai-Filpino Panlavee Boonpongsa (left), Managing Director, P&K Southseast Asia Co., Ltd. Panlavee’s company is set to launch Philippine corned beef to Thailand. He is also the owner of El Pamana. Next to him is Chris Lim of Philippine Franchise Association.
Danrub B. Belleza (middle to right), International Business Manager for Central & South Africa and Indian Ocean, Central Asia and Philippines, Double A (1991) Public Company Limited; Jezreel Llanera of PinoyThaiyo; and Rommel Belacho Ocado, Operations Head, Cinnabon, Jamba Juice, Pie Face and IHOP Thailand.
Another siblings Monticha (middle) and Chonticha Falsis Sangvoranit (right) both hold admin and senior executive positions in multinational companies in Thailand. With them is their lovely mother Monalisa, also entrepreneur and Filipino community leader herself. Monalisa’s other daughter, Marisa (not in photo) is also a company executive.
Enrico Mariano (second from left), Philippine Commercial Officer to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Rico is the main organizer of the business marketing dinner.

Do you know any young Filipinos or Thai-Filipinos who are making a mark in business in Thailand? Send an email to