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                                                              Management in 2004. York has been the President &
                                                              CEO of the St. Peter Group of Companies since 2007. In
                                                              addition to wanting to start a family together, he wanted
                                                              Mildred to work with him as an equal and integral
                                                              partner for life as they strengthened the business
                                                              through the years. When asked about her transition into
                                                              both partnerships, Dr. Mildred had this to say:


                                                              “St. Peter Life Plan is actually my husband’s family
                                                              business. I started working in the company as Company
                                                              Physician back in 1997. Eventually I got involved in
                                                              Marketing and Business Development, then the rest
                                                              is history. Getting involved with St. Peter through my
                                                              husband was a very good starting point. However [it
                                                              was] my hard work and efforts with York, the good
                                                              people, and teams who I worked with, [that] produced
                                                              the right results. Hence I was given bigger and broader
                                                              responsibilities as the business grew.”


                                                              Indeed it was, as this meant a continual quest for
                                                              education in order to better prepare herself for the
                                                              eventual prestigious position she would find herself in.
                                                              Dr. Mildred went on to obtain her Masters in Hospital
                                                              Services Administration from Ateneo Graduate School
                                                              of Business in ’04. She also finished the Strategic
                                                              Business Economics Program from the University of
                                                              Asia and the Pacific’s School of Economics (UAAP)
                                                              in 2006. Fortifying her business competencies with
                                                              attendance to foreign and local conferences eventually
                                                              lead her to be the Chairman of the Board for St. Peter
                                                              Life Plan, Inc.

                                                              Already a Licensed Embalmer (LE) since 2004, a
        This road to success was not-so-easily paved. With    Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) since 2008, a
        years of hard work and an equal amount of study, things   Certified Crematory Operator (CCO) since 2012, Dr.
        managed to fall into place for Dr. Mildred. After being   Mildred V. Vitangcol’s path merged from being a career
        fascinated by how medical practitioners tended to the   physician to that of a Funeral Director and pre-planner
        sick, she began her medical studies at Silliman University  of the Philippines’ leading Life Plan Company. It was
        in Dumaguete City. There she graduated with a Bachelor   her mindset that caring for the deceased should be
        of Science in Biology, serving as her pre-med degree, in   just as crucial as tending to the living. But as with the
        1985. She also completed a degree as a Medical Doctor   proverbial, the literal ‘end of the road’ is not without
        at the Cebu Doctors University College of Medicine in   obstacles as Dr. Mildred explains. “Time management
        1991. Thereafter, she specialized in Internal Medicine   is a challenge and struggle. There is always a lot to
        at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center and was also   do, but so little time. Scarce resources and lack of
        accorded a Fellow in Gastroenterology in 1997.        efficient, effective, and reliable manpower can also be a
                                                              cause of concern. Then there are those who, instead of
        As if being a practicing physician was not challenging   supporting you, will try to bring you down”.
        enough, Dr. Mildred would eventually find her way into
        corporate management where she met her future loving   The fact of the matter is, what sets aside the St. Peter
        husband Mr. George York Bautista Vitangcol. York      Group from other companies also known for their best-
        graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1986   selling products, inventions, and pioneering systems.
        with a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, and later   This, and its marketing advantage of having Dr. Mildred
        completed his graduate studies at the Asian Institute of   on board. It goes without saying that she is an integral




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