APFC CEO honored as Entrepreneur of the Year at Asia CEO Awards

Philippine Tribune
Philippine Tribune

CHRISTOPHER Pastrana, president and chief executive officer of the Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corp. (APFC), was one of the awardees for Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asia CEO Awards on Tuesday, October 24.

Pastrana founded the CAPP Group of Companies involved in the trading of bulk raw materials for the cement industry. In 2002, he ventured into tug and barge operations, and in the same year, he started Philharbor Ferries and Port Services and APFC, which operates catamaran-type roll-on, roll-off vessels.

APFC’s Christopher Pastrana (third from left) with other awardees during the Asia CEO Awards held at the Marriott on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023. WILMAR ALMERIA

APFC’s Christopher Pastrana (third from left) with other awardees during the Asia CEO Awards held at the Marriott on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023. WILMAR ALMERIA

APFC’s Christopher Pastrana (third from left) with other awardees during the Asia CEO Awards held at the Marriott on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023. WILMAR ALMERIA

He has since expanded into ship management, ship repair, port operations and maritime training.

APFC is the shipping company that owns and operates Fastcat, the fleet of modern, safe, and fast RORO vessels plying Philippine waters.

Pastrana’s achievement is deemed a milestone for the maritime and shipping industry as his contributions are recognized in the largest business awards event in the Philippines and the largest event of its kind in Southeast Asia.

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Other awardees are Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales, former ombudsman, who received the Lifetime Contributor Award; Walther Buenavista, president and CEO of the Shawarma Shack Group, who received the Young Leader of the Year Award; Maybank Philippines as the CSR Company of the Year; Concentrix as the Top Employer of the Year; and Asian Hospital and Medical Center as the Service Company Excellence of the Year.

The Asia CEO Awards aim to promote the Philippines as a premier business destination for global enterprises.

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