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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.

For Mr. Gonzalez’s full background, click here.
Asst. General Manager and 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.
MIS Manager Cherry C. Allego Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), ITIL V3 Certified, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) 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.
FO Manager Milai E. Legaspi Milai graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman and participated in Cornell University’s Professional Development Program. She has been with the hotel since 2007, working her way up from Account Executive to Duty Manager to Online Marketing Manager to Front Office Manager.
SPA Manager Aaron “Ron” J. Santa Rosa Ron started as Recreation’s Guest Activities Coordinator. A year later, he was promoted to Duty Manager. An artist and choreographer, he helped conceptualized Plantation Bay’s themed dinner shows. Ron participated in Cornell University’s Professional Development Program.

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!

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