Manila Keynote Speaker
International keynote speaker, entrepreneur and author James Taylor is an expert in creativity, innovation, leadership and marketing and travels the world, from Manila to Singapore, to provide tailored, content-rich, highly visual and educational keynote presentations to a large variety of individuals and organizations coming from different industries and backgrounds. His aim is to help his audiences unleash their creative potential, increase the pace of innovation, and learn how to deal with ever-changing social conditions.
During his 20-year-long career, James visited various cities in the United States, Asia, Middle East and Europe to provide invaluable assistance to multi-national companies like Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Yamaha, or Sony, as well as to highly-rated public individuals such as corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, writers or musicians. With an MBA in international business and a fellowship at the RSA (an organization boasting with past fellows such as Benjamin Franklin and Nelson Mandela), James is staging outstanding performances and gained a high level of visibility in a large variety of media outlets. He is the recipient of the prestigious S.D. Southern and Modern ONTRApreneur awards, and the subject of a 30 minutes BBC documentary focused on his life and extraordinary accomplishments as an international keynote speaker and entrepreneur.
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CONFERENCE CENTRE VENUES
Manila has many excellent conference centers and facilities, including:
Philippines International Convention Center, on Vicente Sotto St.
IFI Conference Center, on Taft Ave.
Philippines Trade Training Center, on Puyat Ave.
SMX Convention Center, on Seashell Lane
Center for Leadership and Change, Inc, on Dela Costa
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, on CCP Complex Roxas Blvd. Brgy.
General Information about Manila for Meeting Planners and Event Professionals
Manila is the capital city of the Philippines and is located on Manila Bay’s eastern shore. It is the most densely populated city in the world, with 71,262 persons per square kilometer. It has a tropical savanna climate, with temperatures ranging from 21°C to 39°C. Manila is a major centre for commerce, banking, finance, transportation, tourism, retail, real estate, traditional and new media, advertising, accounting, legal services, insurance, fashion, theater and the arts, with more than 60,000 institutions operating within the city. In terms of architecture, Manila is a mixture of Spanish colonial, American, Chinese and Malay architecture, designed by famous Filipino architects such as Antonio Toledo, Felipe Roxas, Juan M. Arellano and Tomás Mapúa. Some of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as the 16th century Baroque San Agustin Church and the Fort Santiago, are located in the Intramuros, a walled city from the colonial time. There are more than one million tourists every year in Manila. One of the most important attractions is Binondo, the oldest and one of the largest Chinatowns in the world, which is an important center of commerce and business in Manila, and is home to some of the city’s highest skyscrapers. Other tourist attractions include the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, the Manila Zoo, the Rizal Park, and the National Museum Complex.
The City as a Conference Destination
Manila is a major centre for conferences, conventions and festivals, being home annually to a large number of such events. Some of the most important ones include: the National Retail Conference & Stores Asia Expo, the biggest event in Philippines’ retail industry; the INDEE Philippines, an important venue for the discussions of new industrial policies; the Franchise Asia Philippines, where a large variety of industrial and technological products are displayed; Techtonic, a major conference about technological innovations; the Philippines World Building and Construction Exposition, focused on forging great business deals between stakeholders; and the Philippines Travel Mart, a comprehensive event about the travel industry.
Manila Food Options for Conference Delegates
While attending a business conference in Manila, Philippines, there are a few local restaurants you should experience. Some of the best places to sample local Filipino cuisine are ILUSTRADO (+63 2 527 3674),
Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant (+63 2 527 4083), and Ristorante delle Mitre (63 2 559 5220). The Sala Restaurant (+63 2 750 1555) offers a great variety of European dishes, whereas at the Finestra Restaurante (+63 2 888 8888) you can find the tastiest Italian food in town. Other famous restaurants include Simply Thai (+63 2 729 6860), an amazing Thai restaurant, and the Ying Ying Tea House (+63 2 241 6323), with a great selection of Chinese food.
Manila Attractions for Convention Attendees
There are a number of highly-rated tourist attractions to visit after your business conference in Manila, Philippines, including: Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world; San Agustin Church, one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the Philippines; Fort Santiago, a picturesque citadel and one of the most important and prominent historical sites in Manila; and the National Museum of Fine Arts, where you can find invaluable information about Filipino culture through the works of famous local artists such as Juan Luna or Guillermo Tolentino. This museum also has a large collection of modern and contemporary sculptures and art prints.