Early life and career
Antonio Meloto was born on January 17, 1950 in Bacolod, Negros Occidental to a middle-class family. He took his senior high school year at De Anza High School in Richmond, California as an American Field Service scholar. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from Ateneo de Manila University, studying as a full academic scholar and graduating in 1971. He then took a job as a purchasing manager for Procter and Gamble.
Couples for Christ and Gawad Kalinga
Meloto became an active member of Couples for Christ in 1985 and quickly rose in leadership, having a key role in establishing CFC Family Ministries in 1993. In 1995 he began a youth development program for juvenile delinquents in Caloocan City. The program evolved into Gawad Kalinga, a global movement for building sustainable communities within slum areas.