Management

The Management

General Manager Efren P. Belarmino Mr. Belarmino has held executive positions in other 5-star hotels in the Philippines and Xiamen, China. Participated in Cornell University’s Professional Development Program in Ithaca, New York.
Resident Shareholder and Quality Control Consultant Emmanuel C. Gonzalez A former international banker, Manny Gonzalez was the person principally responsible for the conceptualization, design, and construction of Plantation Bay. MBA Columbia University.
Assistant General Manager Mia Singson-Leon Mia started her hospitality career in Plantation Bay in 2003 and gained valuable experience in F&B, Front Office, and Training before moving to Thailand in 2008 to work for a luxury boutique hotel chain in as Executive Director for Human Capital. Mia was also certified by Cornell University in Human Resource Management.
Human Resources Manager Colleen S. Barcelona Ms. Barcelona is a graduate of University of St. La Salle and has been with the hotel industry since 1996. She was the hotel’s Front Office Manager and Spa Manager before becoming the HR Manager. She completed her Certification for Strategic Management at Cornell University, New York from 2007-2008 and finished her Spa Management Course at Chivasom Academy, Thailand.
Finance Manager Aileen Velez A Certified Public Accountant, formerly an external auditor with major exposure in external and internal audit, she previously worked in a bank. She completed her Certification on Financial Management for Hotels at the Cornell University, New York.
Front Office Manager Charllie C. Baltazar Charllie, our high-spirited Front Office Manager, has been with the hotel industry for almost 9 years. He started off as the Bell Captain, moved his way up as a Duty Manager and is now running the Front Office. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Southwestern University. He also attended Quality and Service Excellent Hotel Revenue Management classes at the Cornell University in New York.
MIS Manager Cherry C. Allego Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), and ITIL V3 Certified.
Graduated with a degree of BS Computer Engineering and has completed her Certification on Strategic Hospitality Management at Cornell University in New York and Microsoft Certification in New Delhi.
Executive Housekeeper Rebecca A. Martinez Rebecca participated in the Professional Development Program at Cornell, New York, USA. She has more than 14 years of purchasing experience and is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Management. She used to be the hotel’s purchasing Manager. Now she’s running the Housekeeping Department.
Sales Director Algida “Jid” D. Velasco Jid, our Director of Sales, has been with the hotel since 2007. She graduated Bachelor Degree of Commerce Major in Marketing at the University of San Jose Recolletos. She also attended Marketing Management class​es​ at the Cornell University in New York.
In addition to courses at Cornell University and other institutions as diverse as Torre del Tartufo Tuscookany, Espai Boisà, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all Plantation Bay managers regularly travel in order to have first-hand experience of top hotels around the world. Plantation Bay managers and staff have stayed as paying guests at such hotels as the Four Seasons in Washington DC., the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, and the St. Regis in New York. Under the company’s sponsorship, aside from the US, our managers have also traveled all over Europe and Asia – London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Vienna, Barcelona, Moscow, Berlin, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Bali, New Delhi, and Singapore. Not many hotels, of any price category, have a management as well-educated and well-traveled as ours!
Director and Corporate Secretary Jose Palma Jr. Mr. Palma is a corporate lawyer with an extensive practice in Cebu. Ll.B. Ateneo de Manila; bar topnotcher.
Director and Treasurer Elizabeth Reyes Ms. Reyes is one of Cebu’s most respected travel agents, and advises on travel industry matters.
Director Jose Jalandoni Mr. Jalandoni is a businessman with real estate and agricultural interests. MBA Harvard University.
Director Carmen Beaves Ms. Beaves is an investment consultant living in Hong Kong. MA Economics Yale University.
Director Arthur Palou Mr. Palou was formerly a treasury operations specialist and is now a sugar-cane planter. AB Economics Ateneo University.
Director Benjamin de Leon Mr. de Leon is one of the senior captains of Philippine industry with interests in real estate, insurance, sugar refining and trading, leisure, and the chemical industry. AB Economics Ateneo University.
Director Celine G. Conejos Ms. Conejos is a consumer-finance executive. MBA George Washington University.