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MVP is new Chairman of HAU Board

The Philippines’ top CEO, Manuel V. Pangilinan, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the region’s most prestigious private school, Holy Angel University.

Mr. Pangilinan, CEO of First Pacific Co. Ltd., is currently Chairman of some of the most successful companies in the country, including Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), Meralco, Smart Communications, Manila Metro Rail Transit System, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Associated Broadcasting Company (TV 5), Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Medical Doctors, Inc., Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Pilipino Telephone Corporation or Piltel (Talk‘N Text), and Philex Mining.

Mr. Pangilinan also owns or partly owns the Makati Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila North Harbor Management, Talk’N TextTropangTexters and Meralco Bolts of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He heads the SamahangBasketbolngPilipinas, the governing body in amateur basketball.

He joined the HAU Board of Trustees last year as Member following the death of Rizalino Navarro, and was elected Chairman last May 4.

He succeeded Archbishop Paciano B. Aniceto, D.D., who retired on his 75th birthday last March but has since remained as Member.

According to University President Dr. Arlyn S. Villanueva, Mr. Pangilinan “can help the University become more responsive and better attuned to the increasingly complex challenges in the region.”

Dr. Villanueva credits Mr. Pangilinan in part for “the galloping economic growth and massive infrastructure development at Clark and Central Luzon.”

She said that Mr. Pangilinan’s chairmanship of the HAU Board “will most certainly take this 80-year-old educational institution to new levels of excellence and exciting possibilities.”

Mr. Pangilinan, who hails from Apalit, Pampanga, got his elementary and high school education from San Beda College. He acquired his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Ateneo de Manila University, where he graduated cum laude.

He received his master’s degree in business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2006, Malacañang awarded him the Order of Lakandula, rank of Komandante, in recognition of his contributions to nation building.

In 2009, Holy Angel University conferred on Mr. Pangilinan its first Doctor of Humanities, honoriscausa, for “reinventing and innovating the telecommunications industry; for upgrading corporate standards by putting up and managing some of the most successful and enduring companies in Asia, and for proving that providing service and value to clients go hand in hand with profitability.”

The University also cited Mr. Pangilinan’s “personal work ethic and discipline, which he acquired from traditional Filipino and Kapampangan upbringing as well as from his Catholic education and training.”

Mr. Pangilinan’s chairmanship of the biggest university in Pampanga augurs well not just for the HAU academic community but also for Central Luzon, particularly in the province and the Clark-Subic Freeport Zones, where the economic activity and infrastructure development are most intense.

Holy Angel University, which has 17,000 students and 800 employees, is one of the few schools in the Philippines declared autonomous by the government. It is also the first and so far only business school in Southeast Asia accredited by the US-based International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), the leading professional accrediting organization for business programs in colleges and universities throughout the world.

Date Posted: 06-02-2012