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Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan,
Chairman, PLDT and Smart

Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan has been widely recognized for his outstanding career that spans business, academe, charitable, non-government, arts and culture, sports and health organizations. He was named the "Management Man of the Year 2005" by the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), primarily for being an exemplary Filipino capable of effective and ethical leadership and of competing with the best in the international business community.

He has received numerous other prestigious wards including the Ten Outstanding Young Men in the Philippines for International Finance (1983), the Presidential Pamana ng Pilipino Award by the Office of the President of the Philippines (1996), Honorary Doctorate in Humanities by the San Beda College (2002), Best CEO in the Philippines by Institutional Investor (2004), CEO of the Year (Philippines) by Biz News Asia (2004), People of the Year by People Asia Magazine (2004), Distinguished World Class Businessman Award by the Association of Makati Industries, Inc. (2005), Order of Lakandula (Rank of a Komandante) by the Office of the President of the Philippines (2006) and Honorary Doctorate in Humanities by the Xavier University (2007).  He was also voted as Corporate Executive of the Year (Philippines) at the 2007 Best-Managed Companies and Corporate Governance Polls conducted by Asia Money.

Mr. Pangilinan serves as Chairman of PLDT, Smart, Metro Pacific Corporation, Landco Pacific Corporation, and Philippine Business for Social Progress, and Filipino sports group Lead to Gold Foundation. He also founded Hong-Kong based conglomerate First Pacific Company Ltd. in 1981.

Mr. Pangilinan graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. He received his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania.


Ms. Esther O. Santos

Ms. Ma. Esther O. Santos joined the PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) as President in 2011. She is an alumna of the University of the Philippines, Diliman where she took up her Masters degree in Development Economics and BA in Economics. In 2013, Ms. Santos was also a member of the pioneer batch that completed the Advanced Management Program of the University of Asia & the Pacific and the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

She also worked for financial institutions and a local conglomerate in various capacities as financial analyst, research head of equities and trust divisions, and fund manager. Before joining PSF, she was the only Filipino to be designated country delegate for Fundacion Codespa, a non-profit organization dedicated to international development cooperation that creates development strategies and programs, with His Royal Highness the Prince of Spain as honorary chairman. She also worked with several local foundations and advocacies for women and the youth. Her foundation experience mostly entailed strategic fund management, building strategy framework for implementation, and project management.

Ms. Santos is a member of the Board of Trustees of ASA Philippines Foundation. 

Board of Trustees

Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan

Ms. Ma. Esther O. Santos

Mr. Victorico P. Vargas

Atty. Ray C. Espinosa

Mr. Ramon R. Isberto

Mr. Menardo G. Jimenez, Jr.

Ms. Anabelle L. Chua

Jorge A. Consunji


PLDT-Smart Foundation Officers

Atty. Ma. Lourdes C. Rausa-Chan
Corporate Secretary

Atty. Alex Aaron Rios
Assistant Corporate Secretary

Ms. June Cheryl Cabal-Revilla

Ms. Ofelia P. Ortiz-Padiz
Assistant Treasurer