Steel industry leader addresses Bulacan State University graduates


Steel industry leader addresses Bulacan State University graduates

Passion: Key to Success


Mr Benjamin O. Yao,  the President of SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation, was the Commencement Speaker at Bulacan State University’s recent commencement exercises.   

In his Commencement Address, Yao, considered the prime mover in the country’s steel indusry, emphasized the importance of a passion-driven existence. “Passion finds ways to reach a goal.  Passionate people are relentless in finding solutions, in finding ways, and in trying new ideas.  When things don’t work, passionate people try, and try again.  They enjoy trial and error because they savor the journey as much as the destination.  This is why passionate people accomplish many things; they achieve wonders that surprise those who underestimate them.”

Citing his own passion that has led him to build and growth the countyr’s only rebar solutions company, Yao shared, “Passion comes from having a purpose in life – a purpose other than yourself.  Passion comes from a desire to do things for the benefit of  others.”

With the country’s booming economy, Yao encouraged the BSU class of 2016 to find avenues to contribute to the country. Instead of acting like victims of traffic, high prices of goods, and other negative conditions, he reminded the incoming members of the countyr’s workforce to, “Put all of your heart into your future jobs, thinking not about what’s in it for you, but how doing a better job helps others, or helps our country.” 

Currently, SteelAsia employs 61 gradutes of BSU whom Yao counts among today’s nation-builders. BSU President Cecilia Gascon expressed optimism that with the rise of SteelAsia’s Plaridel plant, more BSU graduates will be given jobs that are both challenging and financially rewarding. “With companies like SteelAsia continuously expanding and growing their business in our province, our graduates have better chances and choices in terms of pursuing very rewarding career paths.”

About SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation. SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation is the Philippines’ largest rebar manufacturer, supplying 2.1 million tons of the industry’s needs annually. A complete rebar solutions company, SteelAsia provides allied services (cut and bend) and products (mechanical couplers) and provides logistics solutions with its steel mills strategically located in economic hubs across the archipelago. More about SteelAsia at

Mr Benjamin O Yao, president, SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation: “Passionate people are relentless in finding solutions, in finding ways, and in trying new ideas.”

Mr Benjamin Yao (in Barong Tagalog) with BSU officials (l to r): Dr. Victoria Valenzuela, Dr. Felicidad Ellogo, Dr. Romy Inasoria, Dr. Gualberto Magdaroag, Jr., Dr. Cecilia Gascon, Dr. Cecilia Geronimo, Dr. Danilo Hilario and Dr. Ricardo Capule.

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