Trailblazing and global award-winning integrated communications agency COMCO Southeast Asia continues to celebrate its 5th anniversary by announcing the elevation of its pioneer and agency-honed managers to partners.
COMCO Southeast Asia’s Camp COMCO Mentorship program alumni, first hires (since the founding of the company) and homegrown talents AC Recio and Harvey Llamosa have been promoted from Associate Managers to Managers for their exemplary work in their respective accounts and fields of expertise as well demonstration of managerial qualities even at the early stages of their career. In addition, COMCO Southeast Asia, true to its thrust of Igniting Talent and vision to champion inclusive growth among its people, welcomed Mr. Recio and Mr. Llamosa as its newest partners for their commendable loyalty, excellence in their craft, sense of mission and leadership potential.
The announcement happened during COMCO Southeast Asia’s Blazing Sapphire 5th anniversary celebration alongside the launch of COMCO Middle East & Africa and the Agency’s 10-year growth masterplan including COMCO AOX League of Enterprises, the umbrella organization for the company’s existing and upcoming ventures, initiatives and advocacies. Two other homegrown talents were also promoted during the event, Queenie Resmundo from Senior Officer to Associate Manager and Patricia Rana from Senior Associate to Officer.
From Associates to Managers
Associate Digital and Multimedia Arts Manager AC Recio has been promoted to Digital and Multimedia Arts Manager. COMCO SEA’s resident digital, social and content creation and disruption wizard, Mr. Recio has managed some of the Agency’s key digital accounts like Platinum Karaoke, Pioneer Insurance, Dragonpay, SureTayo, Unilab Foundation, Defensil Alcohol, Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz, as well as the SEA Wave pop culture magazine. Mr. Recio is also in charge of the Agency’s CODY STUDIO, the corporate identity and branding program for the company’s various initiatives.
For his work, Recio won several Quill and Anvil Awards, including the “Move on Lang” songwriting competition for Pioneer Insurance, “Si Kathy at ang Kutostrophe” educational coloring book and “Kilusang Kontra Kuto (KKK)” campaign for Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Anti-Headlice Treatment Shampoo, and “Play Advocacy Week” online tool kit and initiative for Unilab Foundation, among others. He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Bachelor of Communication Arts with Second Honor recognition and was also one of the first apprentices of Camp COMCO for Cycle 1 under House Hawksbill.
“Being one of the first hires of a relatively new agency back then, I was aware of both the opportunity and uncertainty, but as someone who has worked with Coach (Ferds Bondoy) before, I knew what kind of environment he and the rest of the team planned on cultivating and knew the promise that it had. As someone who values people and relationships, it was a joy to see young talent grow and learn in an environment that cared for them, and as the years have passed, I’ve come to realize my own growth as well. I’m grateful to COMCO for trusting me and for giving me the chance to prove myself. I’m grateful to my mentors in COMCO who willingly pass on their knowledge every day, and to the rest of the team for their support. It’s hard not to be passionate when you’re surrounded by people who love what they do. As a new manager and partner, I’m thankful for Our COMCO Squadron, for five years of meaningful storytelling, and for the many more years ahead,” shared AC Recio.
Meanwhile, Associate Executive Initiatives and Integrated Communications Manager Harvey Llamosa has been promoted to Executive Initiatives and Integrated Communications Manager. Mr. Llamosa is the Agency’s torchbearer and rockstar for New PR and Smart Social, having entrusted to him some of COMCO Southeast Asia’s biggest projects including the “Red Talks” web series and “See the World” initiative for AirAsia, “Fun First Move” and “Screenbites” for M&M’s, “Reel to Real” campaign for SM Cinema, “Earth Hour” and “#AyokoNgPlastik” movement for WWF, “Social Innovation Challenge” and “One Voice for Children” for World Vision, and influencer marketing projects for Lenovo, among others. Mr. Llamosa also takes the lead in COMCO’s Corporate MARCOMAX or Marketing, Communications, Advocacy and Excellence projects.
With this, Mr. Llamosa’s works have been recognized in the country and across the globe such as the prestigious Marketing Event and Marketing PR Awards in Singapore, MarCom Awards in USA, PR Awards Asia in Hong Kong, and Quill and Anvil Awards in the Philippines. Mr. Llamosa is also part of Camp COMCO’s Cycle 1 under House Bearcat. He graduated from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila) with a degree in Bachelor of Mass Communication and was a consistent Dean’s Lister.
“Five years ago, I’ve decided to start my journey with COMCO Southeast Asia. And through the years, the company has honed my skills and trained me to become the PR professional that I am today. I am so lucky and grateful for the opportunity to be part of an incredible company and be trained to become one of its future leaders as well. Cheers to the five years of success, and as a newly promoted manager and partner, I am looking forward to a bigger future with our recently unveiled growth masterplan including the COMCO AOX League of Enterprises,” said Harvey Llamosa.
Other Homegrown Talents who Rose from the Ranks
Senior Brand Communications Officer Queenie Resmundo has also been promoted as the Agency’s Associate Brand Communications Manager. Working her way up from Brand Communications Apprentice, Production and Administration Associate, Senior Brand Communications Associate, to Senior Brand Communications Officer, Ms. Resmundo has managed COMCO SEA’s various flagship accounts like Electrolux, Eastern Communications, Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz, Jobstreet, United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), Angkas, Oakley and Reef. Ms. Resmundo also spearheads the management of the Agency’s MEXINAC (Media, Experts, Influencers, Activators and Communities) network.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Ms. Resmundo is also a proud alumna of the Camp COMCO Mentorship Program Cycle 2, under House Flyingfox.
Senior Finance and Administration Associate Patricia Raña was also promoted to the Corporate Services Officer position. Joining the team in 2018 as Finance and Administration Associate, Raña has supported the Agency’s administration and finance requirements, as well as its ACTDEV (Agency Culture and Team Development) programs and activities which help unify the team and boost professional excellence.
A Camp COMCO Cycle 9 graduate under House Hawksbill, Ms. Raña graduated from the University of the East with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Financial Management.
“As COMCO Southeast Asia further grows, the founders of this groundbreaking communications agency are also amazed to witness how our young talents have progressed not just in their craft, but in their life’s mission through the years. Their promotion is also our proud moment as their mentors,” said Ferdinand Bondoy, Regional Integration and Chief Executive Director of COMCO Southeast Asia.
“To Queenie and Patricia, and to our new partners AC and Harvey, congratulations! COMCO SEA is proud of you all! Here’s to more achievements and greater heights, COMCOys! #OurCOMCOsquadron will always be behind you in your journey.”
To know more about COMCO Southeast Asia, visit www.comcosea.com. Follow them on social media: facebook.com/COMCO.southeastasia on Facebook, linkedin.com/company/COMCO-hq and @COMCO_sea on both Instagram and Twitter.
About COMCO Southeast Asia
COMCO Southeast Asia is a powerhouse and global award-winning integrated communications agency formed by the coalition of premier brand architects, inspired storytellers, and communication trailblazers in the region. Based in the Philippines and with affiliate network presence in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, COMCO SEA takes the lead in the innovation of premier brands and growth of up-and-coming businesses through the emerging global disciplines of New PR – a strategy based, content-driven, and channel-agnostic way of doing PR, and Smart Social – a holistic, authentic and integrated approach in the maximization of digital and social channels.
At the core of COMCO SEA is its unique brand of Meaningful Storytelling based on its corporate mantra and the mission to Ignite Brand Love, Social Change, Talent Growth and Regional Collaboration. In just 5 years, the Agency has done groundbreaking works for more than 70 local, regional and international brands including reputable development and humanitarian organizations. COMCO SEA has been awarded twice as Agency of the Year 2nd Runner-up at the IABC Philippine Quill Awards, Finalist for Boutique PR Consultancy of the Year in Asia at Campaign Asia Pacific’s PR Awards Asia, and 80 metals from various local and international award-giving bodies.