Palawan Pawnshop for 30 years is getting stronger with recognition from the oldest extant English-language newspaper in the Philippines

All eyes will be set on May 18, 2023, at The Manila Hotel for The Manila Times’ premier recognition night for the leaders of this generation that includes Palawan Express as one of the awardees under Company of the Year.

Palawan Pawnshop is now considered to be one of the most reliable, fastest-growing, and leading pawnshops in the Philippines. Its first branch, owned and operated by spouses Mr. Bobby and Mrs. Angelita Castro formally opened in Puerto Princesa City on August 17, 1985.

Originally established as a business offering only pawn brokering, the company has expanded its services to include money remittance known as Palawan Express Pera Padala. Today, after more than 30 years in the industry, they offer loyal customers other products and services such as international money remittance, foreign currency exchange, e-loading, bills payment, and accident insurance in all our branches in cities, municipalities, and remote towns nationwide to help the Filipino people.

True to their vision which includes providing their customers with the best products and services possible without compromising profitability and sustainability and consistently developing, adapting, and fully utilizing integrated and new technology, Palawan Pawnshop for years gives back also to the communities.

The Manila Times is a national daily newspaper in the Philippines that delivers trusted, quality content in print and digital editions. This year, the first recognition under The Manila Times will present leaders with a global platform and adapting best practices to provide quality services not just for the Filipino people but also globally.

Global Excellence Awards is the first prestigious international tribute to world-class companies, entrepreneurs, products, and companies, as well as achievers in public service, entertainment, and other industries regardless of nationalities globally.

The awardees are the best in their fields and apply the best practice in their industries. The company must have multiple branches or platforms nationwide or globally. The leaders are worthy of emulation for their success and as nation builders.


  • Men of the Year
  • Women of Substance
  • Company of the Year

The Global Excellence Awards tribute is aimed at motivating entrepreneurs and companies to do more and to excel in their respective fields towards attaining world excellence while highlighting outstanding leaders and companies from different industries with a worldwide presence.

The Manila Times “Global Excellence Awards” is in partnership with Tag Media Group headed by its co-founder and COO Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas. She publishes also Rising Tigers Magazine, the most distributed magazine in National Bookstores nationwide.

The project is spearheaded also by The first woman president and COO of The Manila Times, Blanca Calilung Mercado, an award-winning woman leader, who launched multiple new activities for the viewers online and readers.

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