Wilson Lee Flores is a multi-awarded journalist, a college professor, a real estate entrepreneur, a public speaker, he is also in the moneylending business. He has won a record 11 times in the prestigious Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) of the Philippines for his Philippine Star newspaper columns and also won three times in the top literary prize Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, among numerous other honors.
On October 29, 2008, the Catholic Mass Media Awards conferred on him two CMMA Hall of Fame Awards—one for "Best Business Column" and another for "Best Entertainment Column"—with Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno and Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales as Guests of Honor in the ceremony. His latest and 11th CMMA Award was given for "Best Opinion Column" on October 13, 2010 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Medicine Auditorium.
He is also two-term former president and record three-term chairman of the Anvil Business Club (now renamed as Association of Young Filipino Chinese Entrepreneurs) 菲华青年企业家商会, a business organization of young ethnic Chinese entrepreneurs based in the Philippines whether they are citizens of the Philippines or foreign citizens like from Malaysia, Singapore, China, etc. He was re-elected third-term chairman of Anvil Business Club on February 28, 2009, and this term ended in March 2010. He declined another nomination for a fourth term as chairman, expressing his belief that "leaders of any organization or institution should not overstay in order to allow many other better talented and good people opportunities or else an organization or institution might not grow". He is now Honorary Chairman of this organization, which in January 2012 has adopted a new name as the Association of Young Filipino Chinese Entrepreneurs. The formal launching of the organization's new name was held on March 16, 2012 at the Manila Peninsula Hotel grand ballroom in Makati City, with special guests led by President Noynoy Aquino, China Ambassador Madame Ma Keqin, and others.
Wilson Lee Flores is also former Editor-in-Chief of Inside Showbiz magazine (formerly "S magazine"), the glossy entertainment monthly of the Mega Publishing Group, since the October 2008 issue. Ever since he became editor-in-chief, the then S magazine underwent dramatic changes in look, content, style and quality, becoming more interesting and growing in nationwide circulation and advertising revenues. In January 2011, "S magazine" was rebranded as Inside Showbiz magazine for stronger brand identity as it continues fast growth in nationwide readership and advertising revenues. He decided to end his being editor-in-chief of "Inside Showbiz" magazine in March 2012, to allocate more of his time to his real estate business. From October 2008 up to December 2011, he also served as Executive Editor of Celebrity Living magazine, which features the houses and lifestyles of celebrities in diverse fields.
He is often invited as guest speaker in schools, organizations and conventions. He has been invited public speaker in Philippine or overseas universities, high schools, commencement ceremonies, civic organizations as well as TV, radio and other media.
International and local media have interviewed his opinions and analyses on economic, business, political and even pop culture issues, such as the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Time magazine, Far Eastern Economic Review, Corriere della Sera of Italy, the Globe & Mail of Canada, Phoenix TV of Hong Kong, and many others.
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