Wilcon Depot Founder and Chairman Emeritus William T. Belo was recognized by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) as The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL) awardee for Accountancy, Business, and Management (Business) on May 14, 2022, held at UST Manila.
William Belo was awarded with The 2022 TOTAL Award for Accountancy, Business, and Management (Business) for his commitment to leadership, compassion for humanity, and endless strive for competent, high-quality service. These qualities have been acknowledged by the university as worthy of being conferred this year’s award.
The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL) Award is the highest honor bestowed by the University of Santo Tomas in recognition of the significant and exemplary contributions of its alumni in various fields of specialization and expertise.
The photo shows the 2022 Outstanding Thomasian alumni awardees (L-R) representative of The Calimag family (Thomasian Family Award [Special Award]); William T. Belo (Outstanding Thomasian Alumni for Accountancy, Business, and Management [Business]); Jeffrey O. Tarayao, MS (Outstanding Thomasian Alumni for Service to Humanity); Prof. Ma. Minerva P. Calimag, MD, PhD (Outstanding Thomasian Alumni for Medicine); UST Rector Very. Rev. Fr. Richard, G. Ang, O.P., PhD; Crispin C. Maslog, PhD (Outstanding Thomasian Alumni for Media and Entertainment); Saturnino P. Javier, MD (Outstanding Thomasian Alumni for Health Allied); Nemesio R. Miranda, Jr. (Outstanding Thomasian Alumni for Music, Arts, Literature, and Design); Atty. Nilo T. Divina, Ll. B. (Outstanding Thomasian Alumni for Law and Justice); and DTI Sec. Ramon M. Lopez, MDE (Outstanding Thomasian Alumni for Accountancy, Business, and Management [Management]).
Belo is a graduate of UST in 1973 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering. After graduating, he decided to start his own hardware store in Quezon Avenue in 1977 and through his commendable leadership, Wilcon Depot is now recognized as the Philippines’ leading home improvement and construction supply retailer.
This is Belo’s second honorary from UST after being inducted into the Thomasian Engineer Hall of Fame for Entrepreneurship in 2018 and included in the list of the UST Faculty of Engineering’s most outstanding alumni and engineering professionals.
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