By: Maria Paula Tolentino

Makati – June 6, 2019 – The Swedish business community celebrated National Sweden Day on the 6th of June 2019, Thursday at The Fifth, Rockwell Makati City. A well-attended affair, the audience included dignitaries from the Swedish diplomatic community and key personalities from Philippine business and the arts.

The Chairman of the Philippines-Sweden Business Council (PSBC) and Principal of the OLLI Consulting Group Inc., Atty. Leo Dominguez, brought in fellow consultants Stephen Araneta, Christopher Lacson, Atty. Maila De Castro and Maria Paula Tolentino, to represent the organization while they met with Swedish business executives and Fillipino Glass Sculptor and National Artist, Ramon Orlina.

This event was also a key opportunity for the OLLI Consulting Group to present itself as a key player in the business community, where professionals of diverse competencies and industries come together to provide expert advisory services to organizations seeking to do business in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific.

In his speech, Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Harald Fries says, that the premise of the #TeamSweden theme is built on the Swedish way of working together to build a better society through joint collaboration and sustainable innovations.

“The typical Swedish approach is that we cooperate. This is why for this year’s National Day celebration, we are highlighting Team Sweden, where Swedish government agencies and private sector join forces. By working together, we get better results than by individual initiatives.” explains Ambassador Fries.1

The evening was an unforgettable affair. Entertainment included a band that played conga drums, a busy DJ booth, and a Swedish singer that could sing in Tagalog!  Equally delightful was the food and drink, with an open bar and Swedish-Filipino buffet tables strategically located across the function hall. Likewise, the event sponsors was a combination of Swedish and Filipino owned businesses such as BDO, Volvo, Epiroc Transcom, Scania, Atlast Copco, Ericsson, Swedish Match, SKF, Don Papa Rhum, Thai Airways and Carmen’s Best Ice Cream.

From the OLLI Consulting Group Inc., we wish our Nordic colleagues Happy National Sweden Day!

1 Pamaran, Maan D’Asis. ‘#TeamSweden set to score goals’. 6 June 2019, Manila Times

Featured in the photo is the OLLI Consulting Group Inc. (L-R) Stephen Araneta, Maria Paula Tolentino, Principal Atty. Leo Dominguez, Atty. Maila de Castro and Christopher Lacson with Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Harald Fries and his wife, Susan (center).


Here, the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. meets Filipino Glass Sculptor
and National Artist, Ramon Orlina (extreme left)


Maria Paula Tolentino is the Chief Content Officer of SEM Scribe Publishing House. A certified Safety Officer, she is an advocate of responsible mining, quarrying and mineral extractive practices with clear focus on the quadruple bottom line (people, planet, profit and purpose). She is also the Vice President for Programs under women-mining NGO, Diwata – Women in Resource Development, Inc. and a Consultant for the OLLI Consulting Group, Inc.

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