Mapúa Institute of Technology conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree in the Humanities on Ambassador Carlos Chan, Special Envoy of the Philippines to the People’s Republic of China and Chairman Emeritus of Liwayway Holdings Company Limited, during its 169th Commencement Exercises last February 20.
According to the Academic Council of Mapúa, the conferment is an “affirmation of our belief that individuals should contribute to the upliftment of humanity and that the Filipino can be a winner in the global arena.”
Dr. Chan was an Architecture student at Mapúa when he decided to focus on his family’s cornstarch repacking business, the Liwayway Repacking Factory. In 1975, Dr. Chan decided to explore the snack food manufacturing business with the brand Oishi, which he then expanded to China in 1993.
Today, Oishi is one of the top five snack food brands in China according to Wall Street Journal and also among the top five in the Asia Pacific region according to Euromonitor. After the successful business venture in China, Dr. Chan established markets in Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and India also to great success.
“Mapua’s vision-mission statement expresses our response to the challenge of globalization. Dr. Chan exemplifies how Filipinos can excel in the global arena. He can stand as a sterling model for our students and alumni in this regard,” said Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, Mapúa’s president and chief executive officer.
Dr. Chan’s great success as an entrepreneur placed him among the 2015 Forbes Philippines’ rich list. He is also doing charity work through the Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation and Tzu Chi.