Ariel R. Arriola

Ariel R. Arriola

OVERVIEW AND EXPERTISE

Ariel is a corporate and commercial lawyer with two decades of experience mostly in foreign investments, capital restructuring and corporate rehabilitation, and mergers & acquisitions. He is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the New York State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association with a license to practice in the Philippines and New York.

WORK AND INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Atty. Ariel R. Arriola is a legal consultant at OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. His practice focuses on corporate law, particularly foreign investments, and investments in special economic zones and regulated industries. He advises on investment structures, fiscal and non-fiscal incentive schemes, trade agreements, government procurement, documentation, tax treaties, mergers & acquisitions, and private equity.

Atty. Arriola worked in Quisumbing Torres (member firm of Baker McKenzie) as a corporate lawyer before obtaining his Master of Laws degree from Columbia Law School in New York as a Graduate Legal Studies Scholar of Baker McKenzie. He was also a member of Baker McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Regional Private Equity/Venture Capital Practice Groups and the Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Practice Groups. After spending a decade with the firm, he established an independent boutique practice in Manila. Atty. Arriola also serves as Independent Director in various companies including PTFC Redevelopment Corporation, DBP Daiwa Capital Markets Philippines, Inc. and Traditional Financial Services Philippines, Inc.

Atty. Arriola also possesses extensive hands-on experience in structuring and documenting investments in various industries (including mining, business process outsourcing, and information technology) and establishing appropriate investment vehicles (i.e., joint ventures, special purpose vehicles, subsidiary corporations, branch offices, representative offices and regional headquarters) for investors in the Philippines.

John Carlo B. Tria

John Carlo B. Tria

John Carlo is management consultant specializing in business development, compliance and project management in the natural resources sector.

OVERVIEW AND EXPERTISE
John Carlo specializes in business development, compliance, and project management in the agricultural, energy, and natural resources industries. He also conducts socio-economic research, education, and awareness campaigns for projects in these industries.

WORK AND INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
John Carlo served as the Business Development Director of Environmental Counselors, Inc., an environmental consultancy company while pursuing coffee farming in Davao. He also conducts research, documentation, education and information dissemination, and training activities for established institutions in the government and private sector, including schools, nonprofits, and foreign development aid agencies. John Carlo is also chairman of Mapalad Energy Generating Corporation, which runs a 15mW diesel-fired power plant.

He currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

Christopher P. Lacson

Christopher P. Lacson

OVERVIEW AND EXPERTISE

Chris brings 30 years of experience as an Industrial Designer with expertise in corporate identity and branding, new product, concept, and strategic design. His diverse portfolio include innovative patented designs for transportation, disabled children’s mobility, and furniture.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Chris is the CEO / Design Director of Philippine startup MEEP Inc. (Modular Energy Efficient Portage). He launched The Green Falcon, an electric bamboo-bodied motorcycle that went viral in 2018. It serves as a preview for The Meepney (Modern Jeepney) or Bamboo Jeepney. Prior to this, Chris designed the Michel Gitano GT 111 and the Etro Agila E-motorcycle.

He was CEO and Design Director for Habitat, the pioneer Philippine lifestyle store.

Chris designed and co-patented The Bac Mobile, a mobile stander for disabled children for Luconex Inc. He was Art Director and Production Designer for video game producers Angel Studios (now Rockstar San Diego) and CyberDreams in LA.

He was Director of the Product and Industrial Design Department at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and taught at the San Francisco State University. Recently, he taught Transportation Design at the College of St. Benilde in Manila.

His awards include 6 patents in the US and Philippines, and Best Product Design from the Department of Trade Industry.

Chris is an Honor Graduate from the Art Center Design College in Pasadena, California.

Luis Antonio A. Javelosa

Luis Antonio A. Javelosa

OVERVIEW AND EXPERTISE

Luis Antonio Javelosa is a digital content specialist focusing on project management, content optimization and data analytics.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Mr. Javelosa is currently a digital marketing analytics professional with four years of experience working with clients from Australia, Singapore, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Dominic A. Dorol

Dominic A. Dorol

OVERVIEW AND EXPERTISE

Dominic is a seasoned hotelier and has had extensive experience in the functional areas of hotel operations, sales and marketing, and general administration in hotels located in Europe, North America, and Asia.

He has over twenty years under international chains like the Marriott and the Intercontinental Hotel Group. He has likewise offered his services to some of our local chains such as Waterfront, Quantum, and the Linden Suites.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Mr. Dorol can provide guidance to startups in the following areas: pre-opening requirements, brand management, rebranding initiatives, training of the numerous hotel skills required, and implementing innovative sales and marketing approaches in a fluid tourism environment. His proficiency also includes developing and implementation of hotel standard operating procedures, Department of Tourism compliance and accreditation, e-commerce management, energy conservation methods, and customer service trainings.

He can help upgrade your property to conform to international hotel standards, including HACCP, Halal, GMP, ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001, and ISO 50001.

Dom has served as General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing for most of his career. This is a combination we believe is vital to any property seeking professional advice in the hospitality industry.

Albert R. Dalusung III

Albert R. Dalusung III

OVERVIEW AND EXPERTISE

Bert is a senior energy and power consultant with over 30 years of experience in renewable energy, energy planning, and policy formulation. His expertise covers solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass energy, electricity cost structures, and transfer pricing.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

In 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Bert to the National Renewable Energy Board representing private developers.

In 1987, President Corazon Aquino appointed him as Director of Planning Services, Office of Energy Affairs (currently the Department of Energy).

He participated in crafting the implementing rules and regulations of Executive Order 215, which demonopolized and democratized power generation in the Philippines. He has helped develop the local renewable energy sector, covering solar, hydro, geothermal, and biomass energy projects across the country.

Aside from being Past President of the Biomass Renewable Energy Alliance, Bert has served as Executive Director of the Energy Development and Utilization Foundation, Inc.

Maria Paula A. Tolentino

Maria Paula A. Tolentino

Paula is a highly-skilled professional whose background in journalism and content marketing both for online and print media, has spanned for more than 14 years’ worth of solid experience.

OVERVIEW AND EXPERTISE

Paula is a digital content producer and journalist-editor with over 14 years of experience. Certified and competent both in Social Media Marketing & Content Marketing, she helps organizations create, manage, and execute digital campaigns. With her involvement in high-risk industries such as mining, she has become a certified Safety Officer accredited under the Department of Labor & Employment – Occupational Safety and Health Center.

WORK AND INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Paula is the business owner of SEM Scribe Publishing House, a boutique digital agency and is the Vice President for Programs of Diwata – Women in Resource Development, Inc. She contributes to industry journals and was the Digital Content Editor for global Danish logistics company A.P. Moller-Maersk.

Rey Ernesto N. Millan

Rey Ernesto N. Millan

OVERVIEW AND EXPERTISE

Rey Ernesto N. Millan, better known as “Coach,” is has been active as a bamboo farmer in planting bamboo for 35 years. He believes in the potential of bamboo for livelihood and industrial opportunities creation. A prominent figure in the bamboo industry, he is known among senior bamboo advocates including those from Los Baños, DOST and other bamboo networks nationwide.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

He served as the Executive Director for the Office of the President in Mindanao during the Ramos presidency. He also worked in various private sector assignments with the Alcantara Group of Companies.

Coach currently serves as a convenor of the Mindanao Bamboo Initiatives, a group of bamboo enthusiasts and practitioners based in Mindanao.

Ali Loraine V. Manrique

Ali Loraine V. Manrique

OVERVIEW AND EXPERTISE

Ali Manrique is a lawyer with seven years experience in various government offices, handling matters concerning national security, including strategies, management, and public policy. She also practices labor and corporate law.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

As a National Security Specialist, Ali handled the review and implementation of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)’s strategic plans, policies, management system and modernization program. She was also involved in crafting the AFP’s Strategic Direction and implementing the framework of the AFP Transformation Roadmap. Ali served as a legal officer at the Philippine House of Representatives and the Judicial and Bar Council of the Supreme Court.

Bryant G. Casiw

Bryant G. Casiw

Bryant G. Casiw is a Philippine-based lawyer and business consultant with ten (10) years of experience. Bryant finished B.A. Public Administration ( Cum Laude and College Salutatorian) and Bachelor of Laws (Top 13 of his Batch, and Order of the Purple Feather Honor Society Member), both at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He also pursued post-graduate studies in Political Science and Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore graduating First Honors and Class Valedictorian.

From October 2006 to May 2010, he worked with SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Law Firm where he practiced banking, finance and securities, corporate and commercial law, special projects, taxation, litigation and arbitration, intellectual property, immigration, labor and employment. From June 2010 to July 2013 , he worked with Quisumbing Torres ( the Philippine Member Firm of Baker & McKenzie International Law Firm ) as part of its Banking and Finance Practice Group . He also advised the British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines on various corporate issues and operational concerns. From August 2013 to present, he is the Managing Partner of BGC Law Office based in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Concurrently, he serves as a project consultant of OLLI Consulting Group, Inc. based in Makati City, Philippines.