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 25 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. She was also featured as one of CNN’s Leading Women 2015.
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 June, 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.
She recently launched her first book “Everyone Can Be Creative”: A handbook that encourages everyone to discover and nurture his/her own creativity.
Lastly, she’s proud of breaking the glass ceiling for women in this mad men’s world.