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2nd Philippine Investment Roadshow In The US


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Los Angeles, April 4, 2013– The Philippine Consulate General, Los Angeles and The Philippine Trade and Investment Center, Los Angeles in cooperation with the Council on Trade and Investment for Filipino-Americans (COTIFA) and Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County (FACCOC) cordially invite everyone to the 2nd Philippine Investment Roadshow on APRIL 23, 2013, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, California.

With Distinguished Keynote Speakers

Republic of the Philippines Ambassador to the United States

Consul General, Philippine Consulate General Los Angeles

Trade Representative

and Philippine Business Delegation

BERNARDO M. VILLEGAS, Ph.D., Economist; Professor,
University of Asia and the Pacific

FRANCISCO SEBASTIAN, Chairman, First Metro Investment Corporation

ISIDRO A. CONSUNJI, President, DMCI Holdings, Inc.

RAINERIO “BONG” BORJA, President & Country Head, EGS Philippines

BENJAMIN PHILIP ROMUALDEZ, President, Chamber of Mines, Philippines; CEO, Benguet Corp.

JESUS M. ZULUETA, JR., Chairman, ZMG Ward Howell

This investment roadshow comes at an opportune time for the Philippines as Fitch Ratings recently declared the Philippines “Investment Grade,” the first-ever such rating achieved by the country from a major western credit rating agency.

In a statement, the credit rating agency upgraded the Philippine sovereign’s long-term foreign currency rating to ‘BBB–’ from ‘BB+’, and its long-term local currency to ‘BBB’ from ‘BBB–’, with a ‘stable’ outlook on both ratings. Fitch Ratings is the first of the three major western credit rating agencies to upgrade the Philippines to investment grade status.

Reacting to the announcement, Central Bank of the Philippines Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. thanked Fitch Ratings for the credit rating upgrade. The Governor said “the upgrade is a landmark achievement for the Philippines and is a recognition of the gains from the structural economic, financial and good governance reforms that have been implemented in the past several years.“

COTIFA’s current President and co-founder Para Anderson also released her own official statement and said “If you’re scoping out new markets and business opportunities in Asia, consider the Philippines first as one of the hottest business expansion, outsourcing and investment destinations in the world. Through this roadshow we will bring to Orange County top Philippine business leaders from various industry sectors. These trusted sources bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, and will address your important issues that you need to know before exploring new markets.”

As co-host of this illustrious event the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County (FACCOC) is also holding its popular Fourth Annual Secrets to Success in the evening after the Philippine Investment Roadshow. It brings together inspiring Filipino American entrepreneurs to share their secrets to building a successful business. This year they feature young, successful Filipino American entrepreneurs.

The Program for the entire day

feat. Philippine Business Delegation
Hosted by COTIFA and FACCOC

9:30–10:00 Registration and Coffee/Tea
10:00–11:30 General Session; Q&A
11:30-12:00 Networking and Photo Op
12:00–1:00 VIP Luncheon
1:00–2:00 Roundtable Discussion
2:00–4:00 Break/Refresh

RSVP to the Philippine Investment Roadshow can be made at:

feat. Young Filipino American Entrepreneurs
Hosted by FACCOC

4:00 – 5:30 Registration and Table Showcase
5:30 – 6:30 Reception and Networking
6:30 – 8:00 Secrets to Success Program featuring

Young Filipino-American Entrepreneurs
“How I (We) Made 6…7…8-Figure Business”

MENDRICK LEELIN, CEO/Founder – Yojie Japanese Fondue
MIA MCLEOD, CEO/President – McLeod & Associates Real Estate Brokers
MARY GRACE LAGASCA, Owner/Executive Director – InJoy Life Resources, Inc.
JAY BALDEMOR, President/Founder –

RSVP to “Secrets To Success” can be made at:


COTIFA was formed by ten (10) well-meaning and business oriented Filipino Americans as an offshoot of the September 2011 trade and investment mission organized by the Philippine Consulate General through its Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Los Angeles. The primary goal of the organization is to serve as business advocate – educating, encouraging, advocating and facilitating active participation of Filipino-Americans in creating and building wealth that will benefit both the US and the Philippines.

The Philippine Trade and Investment Center, Los Angeles assisted in the organization of COTIFA.

Since its inception in May, 2012 COTIFA has successfully delivered successful workshops and events including: 

  • How to Find Investment Funding; Inauguration – May 3, 2012 
  • Business Delegation Briefing during President Benigno Aquino’s Visit – June 8, 2012
  • Agri-business Opportunities in Large-scale Poultry Farming  – August 25, 2012
  • Health Information Management Outsourcing in the Philippines  – October 4, 2012
  • Davao Trade Mission: Davao Investment Conference – November 15-17, 2012





The Philippine Investment Roadshow is generously sponsored by:Interested attendees and exhibitors can register for this event through

For additional inquiries please contact by email:

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Mike Pestano is an entrepreneur, Business Development, Internet and Social Media consultant, health educator, blogger, and business coach. He has held various managerial and regional director positions including corporate sales trainer for GNC Canada, GNC USA, and Carmax West Coast. As a Social Media Consultant he specializes in social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.. Mike is also a health industry consultant specializing in the nutritional supplements sector since 2007 for several investment firms. He was also a member of the product formulation team for GNC Canada that developed a complete line of supplements unique to the Canadian market. His expertise encompasses organics, manufacturing processes, operations, distribution, and market development. He has a background in management, marketing, finance, and information administration technology from Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas, Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, and Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He has also completed the Dale Carnegie Course in Public Speaking as well as the Canadian Securities Course, Canadian Investment Funds Course, Life Underwriter’s Association courses, and the Caltex Philippines and Chevron Canada Service Station Management Programs. Here in the United States he is the Vice President of the Ateneo de Manila Alumni Association of California. He is the current President-Elect of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County and the Treasurer of the Council on Trade and Investments for Filipino Americans. Outside of work Mike’s hobbies and passions are cooking, baking, writing, drawing, and reading. A former swimmer, basketball, and baseball player he has now transitioned into the fitness arena and aspires to compete sometime in the near future in physique competitions.

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