The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Engineering, which marks its 111th year of engineering excellence this year, honored Wilcon Depot Inc. Founder and Chairman Emeritus William T. Belo with its prestigious Thomasian Engineer Hall of Fame at the “Thomasian Engineer Hall of Fame Awards 2018” on February 17 for “embodying the ideals of UST and showing the world what it means to be a Thomasian Engineer.”
Belo, a graduate of UST in 1973 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering, was officially inducted into the Thomasian Engineer Hall of Fame for Entrepreneurship and included in the list of the UST Faculty of Engineering’s most outstanding alumni and engineering professionals.
The awarding rites was held at the Eng Gah Ling Grand Alumni Homecoming 2018 with the theme “Upholding the Thomasian Identity in this Age of Diversity and Dynamism” and was spearheaded by the UST Alumni Association Inc. led by its president, Engr. Jerenato Alfante, and hosted by the Silver Jubilarian Batch 1993 at the BGPOP Building Alumni Center Grand Ballroom inside the UST Campus.
“Engr. William Belo is a brilliant Thomasian engineer, a one in a million entrepreneur who established Wilcon Depot and upgraded the construction industry in the Philippines to the next level. Wilcon Depot is a one stop shop where everything you need in construction is there,” Alfante, president and CEO of Macro Wiring Technologies Co., Inc., emphasized at the awarding rites.
The other Thomasian Engineer Hall of Fame 2018 awardees were Engr. Fortunato C. Leynes (BSEE,1979), former chairman of PRC Professional Regulatory Board of Electrical Engineering, CEO of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Nigeria, and former SVP and CEO of Clark Electric Distribution Corp. for Industry Leadership; Pointwest Technologies Corp. President and CEO Engr. Maria Cristina G. Coronel, president and board of trustee of the Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines, for Industry Leadership (BSChE,1974); and Engr. Alberto A. Laurito for Engineering Education (BSChE,1973), former dean of UST Faculty of Engineering, president of PIChE college of Fellows, and deputy chair of CHED Technical Panel for Engineering and Technology.
Belo, who was born in Amoy, China, grew up in the Philippines, studied at UST and started his own hardware stores at Quezon avenue in 1977 with only few hardware and construction materials.
A focused man with strong desire to be of service to the Filipino homebuilders, he has established Wilcon Depot—the country’s leading home improvement and construction supply retailer, a name trusted by many industry professionals, home enthusiasts and homeowners nationwide.
Belo created his own socio-civic institution called Wilcon Foundation which provides educational assistance to under privileged children and individuals and extends a helping hand to the victims of calamities as well as in global efforts of saving the environment.
He is also the founder of Coral Agri- Venture Farms, Inc., an integrated poultry and piggery farm and the country’s largest commercial crocodile farm.
His influence across industries has earned him the most coveted “Grand MVP Bossing Award” which recognises top notch entrepreneurs in the Philippines.
As a local company with international standards, Wilcon Depot has proven that home-grown companies can be truly world-class.
Belo received the Philippine Retailers Association’s (PRA) President’s Award, the highest award given by PRA in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry—in recognition of his insightful and commendable leadership at the helm of Wilcon Depot, thus, making it the country’s largest and most successful in home building retail.