Merlee is the first Filipino to be awarded: The Creative of the Year for Southeast Asia in the Campaign Asia Pacific Agency of the Year.
Working as a creative for 27 years, she has also been recognized with The HALL OF FAME AWARD from the Creative Guild of the Philippines and the NEW YORK FESTIVALS CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.
She is "Chairmom" and Chief Creative Officer of Dentsu Jayme Syfu and the only woman in the 20 top creative directors in ASIA as reported by Campaign brief Asia last year. Featured as one of CNN’s Leading Women in 2015, she has been awarded CEO of the Year 2016 by the IABC Philippines.
Her speaking engagements include “Changing the World through Media” at the IAA Global Leadership Forum in London, “Hard Sell and Heart Sell” at the AdStars Festivals in Busan, Korea and “Gender Equality” in advertising at the SPIKES ASIA in Singapore. Last year, she spoke about the “World’s favorite target market: MOTHERS” at the Lions Health in Cannes, France and was the jury president for the CLIOs in the Direct/engagement/experiential category. This year, she is D&AD’s forewoman for the Press Category and a jury member in LIA’s integration category.
She recently launched her first book “Everyone Can Be Creative”: A handbook that encourages everyone to discover and nurture his/her own creativity.
In just one year, her newly integrated agency Dentsu Jayme Syfu has been awarded the 2016 Creative Agency of the Year for the Philippines by Campaign Asia.
Lastly, she’s proud of breaking the glass ceiling for women in this mad men’s world.
Jury to be Announced