Premium Leisure Corp.'s Board of Directors is responsible in fostering the long-term success of the Corporation - to sustain its competitiveness and profitability in a manner consistent with its corporate objectives and the best interests of its stockholders and other stakeholders. The Board determines and reviews annually, together with Management, the Corporation’s vision, mission, goals and strategies. The Board guides and takes the lead in the development of and approves the Company’s business objectives and strategies annually, and monitors their implementation in order to sustain the Company’s long-term viability and strength. The Board of Directors shall meet at least (6) times a year, with meetings scheduled before or at the start of the year.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS (elected to serve the 2023-2024 period)
Willy N. Ocier
Chairman, Executive Director
Date of first election – June 1999
Chairman, Executive Committee
Mr. Willy Ocier, 66, is an Executive Director and Chairman of Premium Leisure Corp. He is also the Chairman and Director of Belle Corporation, APC Group, Inc., Pacific Online Systems Corporation, Total Gaming and Technologies, Inc. and PremiumLeisure and Amusement, Inc. and Vice Chairman of Highlands Prime, Inc. He is the Chairman and Director of Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club, Inc., and one of the Directors of The Country Club at the Tagaytay Highlands, Inc. Mr. Ocier is also the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Philippine Global Communications, Inc., He is a Director of Leisure and Resorts World Corporation. He also sits as a Director to the following unaffiliated corporations, IVantage Equities, Philequity Management, Inc., Abacore Capital Holdings, Inc. and Toyota Corporation Batangas. He was formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of Eastern Securities Development Corporation.
Mr. Ocier graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. In recognition of Mr. Ocier’s corporate leadership and role in providing employment opportunities to Filipinos, the University of Batangas conferred him a degree in Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa.
Armin Antonio B. Raquel Santos
Executive Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Date of first election – July 2017
Member, Executive Committee and Compensation & Remuneration Committee
Mr. Raquel Santos, 55, Filipino, is the Executive Director and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Premium Leisure Corp. (PLC). He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of PLC’s subsidiary PremiumLeisure and Amusement, Inc. He is also a Director of Belle Corporation, Pacific Online Systems Corporation, Pinoy Lotto Technologies Corporation, Sagittarius Mines, Inc., Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club, Inc., Manila Golf Club and member of the Board of Trustees of Melco Resorts (Philippines) Foundation Corporation.
Formerly, he was Chief Finance Officer of Aboitizland, Inc., Cebu Industrial Park, Inc. and Mactan Economic Zone II and First Philippine Electric Company. He was also former Governor of the Board of Investments (BOI), served as Assistant Secretary with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Vice Chairman and CEO of Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA), Executive Vice President of Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC), and Deputy Administrator of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). His experience includes stints with multinational companies; Securities 2000 Inc. (Singapore Technologies Group) and First Chicago Trust Company of New York.
Mr. Raquel Santos holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College, U.S.A. and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Finance from Iona College, U.S.A.
Date of first election – July 2014
Member, Audit Committee, Executive Committee and Risk Oversight Committee
Mr. Villacorta, 77, Filipino, is a Non-Executive Director of Premium Leisure Corp. Prior to this position, he was a Director of Equitable PCI Bank, EBC Insurance Brokerage, and Maxicare Healthcare Corporation. He was the former Chairman of EBC Strategic Holdings Corporation, EBC Investments (now BDO Strategic Holdings), Jardine Equitable Finance Corporation, Strategic Property Holdings, PCIB Properties, Equitable Data Center, and PCI Automation Center. He was a past President and CEO of Banco De Oro Universal Bank and TA Bank of the Philippines, and was Vice President of the Private Development Corporation of the Philippines. He was Senior Adviser and BSP Controller of Equitable PCI Bank and PBCom, and Adviser to the Board of PCI Capital Corporation. Mr. Villacorta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from De La Salle University and a Master’s degree in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management.
Roberto V. Antonio
Date of first election – August 2022
Mr. Antonio, 60, is an independent director of the Company. He is also an independent director of Pacific Online Systems Corporation and the Development Bank of the Philippines. He is currently the President of Kalimera, Inc., RVA and Sons, Inc., RVA International Trading Corporation, and La Salle Greenhills Foundation. He is also the Vice Chairman of Right Eight Security Agency, Inc. He also serves as a Consultant for Mustang Holdings, Inc. and Board Member of the La Salle Greenhills Alumni. Mr. Antonio served as one of the Department of Tourism’s Undersecretaries from 1998-2000 and Senior Consultant from 2004-2010.
He graduated from De La Salle University with a degree in Economics major in Marketing Management in 1984. He obtained his Juris Doctor (candidate) at the Ateneo De Manila University Law School in 1989. He finished his Masters in Business Economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific in 1997.
Maria Gracia P. Tan
Date of first election – June 2021
Chairperson, Audit Committee
Member, Corporate Governance Committee and Risk Oversight Committee
Atty. Tan, 67, Filipino, is an independent director of the Company. She is likewise an independent director of Belle Corporation and Pacific Online Systems Corporation. She is the former Chairperson of the Commission on Audit, Undersecretary of Finance and Commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Good Government. She is currently a Trustee of the International Budget Partnership, an international NGO based in Washington DC, USA. She is also a member of the Tax Faculty of the Philippine Judicial Academy. She is a director of several Philippine corporations, a tax consultant and legal adviser of some private clients, and an accredited Arbitrator of the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission, Philippines and Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc, Philippines.
Atty. Tan served as Chairman of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee, the first Filipino to have been elected to this 5-member Committee. She is also a professor at the University of the Philippines for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.
Backed by four decades of professional work in the Philippines and abroad as a private law and accounting practitioner, government official, arbitrator and international consultant. She is an expert in the fields of legal, finance, audit, governance, dispute resolution and administration.
She graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1977 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy and in 1981 with Bachelor of Laws. In 1987, she obtained her Master of Laws (Tax) from the New York University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Jerry C. Tiu
Date of first election – June 2021
Chairman, Related Party Transactions Committee
Member, Compensation and Remuneration Committee and Risk Oversight Committee
Mr. Tiu, 65, Filipino, is an independent director of Premium Leisure Corp. He is likewise an independent director of APC Group, Inc. He is a director and the President of Tagaytay Highlands Community Condominium Association, Inc., Tagaytay Midlands Community Homeowners’ Association, Inc., and Greenlands Community Homeowners’ Association, Inc. He is also the President of the following companies: Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club, Inc., The Country Club at Tagaytay Highlands, Inc., Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club, Inc., and The Spa & Lodge at Tagaytay Highlands, Inc. He is a former Director of the Manila Polo Club.
Mr. Tiu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce (Major in Marketing) from the University of British Columbia.
Laurito E. Serrano
Date of first election – April 2023
Chairman, Audit Committee
Member, Corporate Governance Committee, Related Party Transactions Committee and Compensation and Remuneration Committee and
Mr. Serrano, Filipino, 62, is currently the Lead Independent Director of Pacific Online Systems Corporation. Mr. Serrano concurrently serves as Independent Director of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, 2GO Group Inc., Axelum Resources Corp., and AngloPhilippine Holdings, Inc. He is also a director in privately-held MRT Development Corporation. As independent director in listed entities, Mr. Serrano serves as chairman or member of such companies’ audit, compliance, and risk committees. Mr. Serrano is a former partner of the Corporate Finance Consulting Group of SGV & Co.
Juan Victor S. Tanjuatco
Independent Director (Until April 28, 2023)
Date of first election – July 2014
Chairman, Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation and Remuneration Committee
Member, Audit Committee and Related Party Transactions Committee
Mr. Tanjuatco, 74, Filipino, is an independent director of Premium Leisure Corp. and MEDCO Holdings, Inc. He is also a director of IP Ventures, Inc., and Ketmar Fast Food Corporation. Previously, he served in the same capacity on the board of Insular Savings Bank and Asiatrust Development Bank. A career banker, he was the former President of Export and Industry Bank and was assigned to various managerial and executive positions at Credit Agricole Indosuez Manila, New Zealand and Hongkong, where, after 21 years, he retired as Deputy General Manager in Manila.
Mr. Tanjuatco holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the Ateneio de Manila University (cum laude) and a Masters in Business Administration, major in Finance, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
OTHER EXECUTIVE OFFICERS (as of December 31, 2022)
Willy N. Ocier
Please refer to Mr. Ocier’s profile under “Board of Directors”.
Armin Antonio B. Raquel Santos
Please refer to Mr. Raquel Santos’ profile under “Board of Directors”.
Carlo R. Climaco
Carlo R. Climaco, 46, Filipino, is the Vice President for Operations and Regulatory of both Premium Leisure Corp. and its subsidiary PremiumLeisure and Amusement, Inc. He concurrently handles the Integrated Resorts business unit of Belle Corporation.
Dioville M. Villarias
Ms. Dioville M. Villarias, 34, is a CFO APAC Regional Awardee with 11 years of experience in general accounting and financial reporting including financial audits of financial institutions She was previously connected with UBS Securities Philippines, Inc. as Head of Finance and CFO, Computer Financial, Inc. as Financial Accountant, and Shell Business Operations as Analyst.
She graduated from the University of the Philippines Visayas-Tacloban College with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in 2011, and is currently obtaining her Master’s in Business Administration with the De La Salle University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Maria Neriza C. Banaria (Until August 22, 2023)
Ms. Banaria, 40, Filipino, is the Acting Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer of the Company. She is also the CFO and Treasurer of Belle Corporation and Pacific Online Systems Corporation. As a Certified Public Accountant, her strong background in accounting, audit and finance have been accumulated through extensive experience and exposure to various industries. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accountancy from the University of the Philippines.
Elmer B. Serrano
Atty. Elmer B. Serrano, 55, Filipino, is the Corporate Secretary and Corporate Information Officer of the Company. He is concurrently the Chairman of Dominion Holdings, Inc., a director of 2GO Group, Inc., and Independent Director of Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corporation. He is Corporate Secretary of SM Investments Corporation, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation, as well as subsidiaries of BDO Unibank, Inc., and of DFNN Inc. He is also Corporate Secretary of, or counsel to, prominent financial industry organizations, such as the Bankers Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Payments Management, Inc. and the PDS Group of Companies. Atty. Serrano is a practicing lawyer specializing in corporate law and is the Managing Partner of the law firm SERRANO LAW. He has been awarded “Asia Best Lawyer” 3 years in a row by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) for Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, and Mergers & Acquisitions, one of only two exclusively recognized lawyers in all three practice areas in the Philippines. This comes after being consistently recognized as a “Highly Regarded-Leading Lawyer” in the same fields by IFLR. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific also named Atty. Serrano as a “Leading Individual” in Banking & Finance, after constant citation as a “Recommended Lawyer”. Atty. Serrano is a Certified Associate Treasury Professional and was among the top graduates of the Trust Institute of the Philippines in 2001. Atty. Serrano holds a Juris Doctor 29 degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and a BS Legal Management degree from the same university
Arthur A. Sy
Atty. Sy, 53, is the Assistant Corporate Secretary of Premium Leisure Corp. He is the Senior Vice President for Legal Department and Assistant Corporate Secretary at SM Investments Corporation. He is likewise the Assistant Corporate Secretary of SM Prime Holdings, Inc., Belle Corporation and 2GO Group, Inc. Further, he is currently the Corporate Secretary of various major corporations within the SM Group of Companies. He is also the Corporate Secretary of National University. Admitted to practice in the Philippines and the State of New York, Atty. Sy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Santo Tomas and a Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, School of Law.
Phil Ivan A. Chan
Atty. Chan, 40, is the Assistant Corporate Secretary of Premium Leisure Corp. He is cofounder of Serrano Law. He was previously a partner at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano. He has been recognized by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a "Recommended Lawyer" in Corporate and M&A, and Real Estate and Construction. He also acts as the Assistant Corporate Information Officer of listed company, 2GO Group, Inc. Atty. Chan holds a degree of B.S. Legal Management from Ateneo de Manila University and a Juris Doctor degree from Ateneo Law School.
Anna Josefina G. Esteban
Ms. Esteban, Filipino, 55, is the Chief Audit Executive of the following publicly listed companies: (i) Premium Leisure Corp.; (ii) Belle Corporation; (iii) Pacific Online Systems Corporation; and (iv) APC Group, Inc. Prior to joining the Belle Group, she served as Treasurer and Chief Finance Officer of Miriam (formerly Maryknoll) College Foundation, Inc. and worked at the Asian Development Bank for 18 years as Senior Officer at the Office of the Treasurer, Office of the Auditor General and Operations Evaluation Office. Earlier on, she was the Head of the Finance Systems and Audit Unit of Magnolia Nestle Corporation (a joint venture of San Miguel Corporation and Nestle S.A.). She was an auditor and management consultant at Carlos J. Valdes & Co. and was an accounting/finance professor at the College of St. Benilde and the Graduate School of Business of De La Salle University (DLSU). Ms. Esteban is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Data Privacy Auditor. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at the College of the Holy Spirit, Manila and her Master in Business Administration (with distinction) at DLSU.
Michelle Angeli T. Hernandez
Ms. Hernandez, 51, Filipino, is the Compliance Officer and Chief Risk Officer of the Company. She is also the Vice President for Governance, Compliance Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Belle Corporation in which capacity she is mainly responsible for developing, implementing and managing various strategies, processes and policies related to Corporate Governance, Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate Affairs for the Company and its subsidiaries, Likewise, she is the Compliance Officer of Pacific Online Systems Corporation and the Chief Risk Officer of APC Group, Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree in Tourism (Cum Laude) from the University of Sto. Tomas.