Manuel V. Pangilinan

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Manuel V. Pangilinan
Born Manuel Vélez Pangilinan
(1946-07-14) July 14, 1946 (age 71)
Manila, Philippines

Managing Director & CEO (First Pacific Company Limited);

Chairman (Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Philex Mining Corporation);
Chairman, President & CEO (PLDT)

Manuel V. Pangilinan, BOLk, KLD, (born July 14, 1946 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino businessman, and sports patron. Primarily known to be the business magnate of the Indonesian Salim Group[1] to the Philippines. He is the managing director and CEO of First Pacific Company Limited, a Hong Kong-based investment management and holding company with operations in the Asia-Pacific region. He is also First Pacific’s chief executive for the group’s investments in the Philippines, such as Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, PLDT and Philex Mining Corporation. He was the first president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), serving two consecutive terms from 2008 to 2015.


Pangilinan spent his elementary and high school days at San Beda College. He graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.[2] He received his MBA degree in 1968 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[3]


Pangilinan began his career with the PHINMA Group. After six years, he was recruited by Bancom International, a Filipino investment bank operating in Hong Kong. He was later assigned to Bancom’s joint-venture bank with American Express. In 1981, he help co-found First Pacific together under Anthoni Salim, one his investment banking clients.[4]

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