'The Manila Times 500 and the Next 500' rolls out
Jul 05, 2022

WEATHERING the pandemic storm, San Miguel Corp. (SMC) topped the 2021 edition of The Manila Times 500 and the Next 500, which rolls hot off the press.

With the theme "Thriving in the post-Covid economy: Outlook and trends," the annual magazine shows how SMC and Top Frontier Investment Holdings Inc. were the only two conglomerates that were able to hold on to the two primary positions while four corporations were displaced and four companies, surprisingly, performed well enough during the pandemic to rise up in rank within the top 10.

The Manila Times 500 and the Next 500 features reports by Karl Kendrick ChuaNational Economic and Development Authority director general; Benjamin Diokno, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor; Jose Maria "Joey" Concepcion 3rd, presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder; Jeremiah BelgicaAnti-Red Tape Authority director general; Ramon LopezDepartment of Trade and Industry secretary; and Ramon Jacinto, presidential adviser for telecommunications, among other notable authorities on public policy.

For the private sector, Atty. Euney Mata-Perez, Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines executive vice president and corporate secretary; Eduardo FranciscoBDO Capital and Investment Corp. president; and Sheila LobienLobien Realty Group chief executive officer write about investment reforms, the Philippine capital market and the country's real estate industry, respectively.

This historical publication documents in unflinching detail how — as Ben Kritz, the associate editor of the magazine, puts it — "the vast majority survived, and a few even thrived," based on ranking according to consolidated revenues for 2020.