Manjinder “James” Kumar, founding president of the Filipino Indian Commerce and Welfare Society, Inc (FICWSI)—a leading Filipino Indian friendship and cooperation nonprofit—will be honored during the launch of business and lifestyle magazine Rising Tigers: Nation Builders as one of its Top 50 Rising Tigers in the Asia Pacific.

This latest publication will feature the best and the brightest in the Philippines and Southeast Asia who never fail to balance commitment to growth with corporate social responsibility, even during the most trying times.

“Asia Leaders Awards Presents the Top 50 Rising Tigers in the Asia Pacific to motivate us all that, in spite of the challenges, we will emerge triumphant. These are the top leaders with the very new vision of the world now,” shared billionaire Robert Laurel Yupangco, an esteemed member of the ALA Board.

Promoting CSR Initiatives for Various Sectors

As the prime mover of Filipino-Indian cooperation and enterprise promotion, Manjinder “James” Kumar is the epitome of motivation to soldier on and triumph above challenges, a true leader of the future whose vision of a better world is realized in his untiring philanthropy.

“I believe in collaborations in extending much-needed help. It’s our responsibility to bond together to look after one another. Hence, there’s no help too big or small, or too much or little. A help, no matter the size, makes a difference,” Kumar said.

Kumar was recognized as Asia Leaders Awards 2021’s Philanthropist of the Year with FICWSI as the CSR Company of the Year for their humanitarian initiatives spanning all forms and bridging gaps for all sectors of the underserved.

“These efforts are a noble way of promoting excellence in leadership and inspiring like-minded capable leaders to do more than what they can in extending help to others especially in this time of the pandemic,” he added.

Kumar, who was born in Jalandhar, Punjab Region, India, recalls his early childhood years growing amid rural poverty.

“Because my life was tough as a kid—I would go to school barefoot, our classrooms had no chairs and tables, we had to sit on the floor—now, I find solace and joy in giving back, whether in big or small ways,” he shared.

Pooling Fil-Indian Collaboration for Four Helplines

FICWSI—through partner organizations, institutions, and LGUS—has provided bicycles for workers, equipped frontliners with PPEs, sponsored orphaned kids’ education, donated beds and ambulances to hospitals, and distributed livelihood packages to barangays.

As a non-profit, non-stock organization made up largely of Indian nationals and a handful of Filipinos, FICWSI forms a network of socio-civic personages to assist its membership kick-off and achieve their business goals.

Hence, FICWSI’s flagship for outreach is called #FilIndiHelpline which is inspired by the tagline “Together for a Cause—Together We Help.” Launched in 2020, it continues to provide relief and mobilize charitable endeavors.

Fil-Indi Helpline has four major lifelines: Helpline for the hungry, for the Frontlines, for Online Schooling, and On Wheels, which is made up of Wednesday Wheelchair and Bicycle for Work Helpline.

For more about FICWSI, visit their website https://ficwsi.org.ph/ or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FICWSI/.

Recognizing the Leaders of Tomorrow

This milestone, another brainchild of the Asia Leaders Awards (ALA) Committee, will be held on March 22, 2022, at the Grand Hyatt Manila at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

Asia Leaders Awards is only the recognition giving body whose awards committee is composed of respected leaders from different chambers, organizations, and embassies like the Embassy of Singapore, the Embassy of Poland, and the Korean Council among others.

ALA’s main objective is to promote the Philippines as a premier business hub and destination in Asia.

For more information about Asia Leaders Awards, visit https://www.facebook.com/AsiaLeadersAwards.