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VALERIE CRUZ TAPALLA, Managing Director of the Wilma Cruz Tapalla Institute of Speech, Etiquette, and Image

Valerie Cruz Tapalla is a mélange of culture. After living, studying, and traveling constantly on three continents since she was 7 years old, Valerie is at the pinnacle of her existence. As a professional speaker, she trained at the celebrated Linklater School for Voice and Language at the Actors Studio in New York City and her prominent mentors include renowned authors, Peter Post, Doe Lang, Louis Colliani, Andrea Haring, Susan Main, and BBC’s Elizabeth Strong. She is the first Filipino licensed by The Emily Post Institute, U.S.A., and a registered member of the Association of Image Consultants International, New York City.

You can visit her personal blog at and send a direct message via



Jeannie Javelosa is a co-founder of EON and its Director for Creative Strategies. She is a writer, book author, award-winning visual artist, curator, culture expert and advocate for the sustainable lifestyle. Her insights and concepts provide the creative impetus to the holistic, powerful and engaging stakeholder relations and branding strategies of EON.


JAN VAN DAM, Founder/Blogger at Expat in the Philippines

Jan is a Dutch expat who is spending the rest of his life in the Philippines. He writes about his experience here and his life in general. He also gives some information to other people who are interested in being an expat in the Philippines or those who just want to move here.


MARIA LOURDES RIVERA, lawyer at Ricardo JM Rivera & Associates (RJMR) Law Office and Maria Rivera Law Office

Atty. Rivera is a lawyer called to the Philippine and New York State Bar. She has previously been attached with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and worked as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Singapore law firms where she assisted in various international arbitration matters.


CAMILLA BROOKS, General Manager of Crown Worldwide, Philippines

Camilla heads the team which provides bespoke intercultural training for expatriates arriving to do business in the Philippines and for families arriving to live here. We also provide intercultural training for local staff leaving to work abroad.


CRISTINA MUSNGI, Statistician/Research Analyst at XMG Global


JOHN CASEY, President & CEO of Blue Cross Insurance, Inc.



Authorised Licensee in the Philippines for Crestcom Bullet Proof Manager Training. You may contact Robert Jenkins at:


ANGELI AMANTE, Vice President of Corporate Apartments International (South East Asia)


TANYA VERONICA SILVERIO, Head of marketing and events for Red Carpet Productions, freelance writer/blogger, property manager and sales for Stanford Properties Inc.

Tanya throws events and does marketing for different restaurants and well-known establishments in the Philippines. She is also passionate when it comes to cooking and good food so when it comes to restaurant tips, she can give you excellent advice on the best restaurants, bars, and hot spots in town. Tanya has been traveling for 13 years now and she recently put up her own blog site called


Tanya writes about traveling, cooking, spirituality, restaurants, and relationships. When Tanya is not busy hosting an event, she’s out there working on selling prime properties in Manila; she caters mostly to the expat community.


William Pattison is a Co-founder/CEO of and can relate to expatriates adjusting to life in South East Asia.


He has relocated from Melbourne, Australia in 2013 to build a Philippine real estate website that is dedicated to assisting expatriates find a community and home that suits their requirements.


He hopes to make the transaction smoother for other expatriates through with community insights, informative property listings and support team.


MICHAEL BROWN, a retired law enforcement officer and longtime resident of Metro Manila. The author may be contacted at


YVONNE PARKS, GMS Manager of Crown Worldwide, Philippines

Yvonne provides arrival and departure service to expats. She has also been moving around the world with her family since 1995 and loves the expat life.


ELIZA GABAS, is the Business Developement Executive of Crown Relocations, Manila. She can help you with all your Relocation requirements for arriving in the Philippines.


MARTIN CONBOY, president of the Australian Business Process Outsourcing Association (APBOA) and writer at The Sauce BPO News


MARK ATTERBY, senior staff writer at The Sauce BPO News


BRIAN SAHAGUN, documentary photographer at A Stormy Sky


JAYCELLE PLAYDA, Writer/Blogger at Dollhouse Diary


BRYAN SAN ANDRES, Managing Editor for Web & Social Media at Breakfast Magazine


ALEXIS KIM CUIZON, Editor in Chief at Breakfast Magazine


JAMES TRELOAR, an Australian who is happy to share his personal stories of his adventures here in the Philippines


LAURO VIVES, Founder at XMG Global. He is also a Chief Analyst, Beach Bum, Sailor, Diver and Future Kite Surfer


ANNA JUANILLO, Researched Manager at XMG Global Research and Advisory Company


MORGAN MCGILVRAY, Office Leasing Associate at CBRE Philippines.


DENNIS WRIGHT, President at Peregrine Development International


BENVENUTO “Bing” N. ICAMINA, Vice President/COO at the Wallace Business Forum


PETER WALLACE, President at The Wallace Business Forum


RYAN BARSHOP, ESQ., is an American national educated at Suffolk University (B.S. American History, Cum Laude) and Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Juris Doctor, Cum Laude). Originally from New York City, Ryan first arrived in the Philippines in 2003 as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer working with underprivileged youth through the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development in Tarlac City, Tarlac.

ALEXANDRA GREGORI, Freelance Writer and Writer at COOK Magazine


ALLAN ANDERSON , Consultant at MultiRational Corporation


VERITAS, Expat in Manila, Expatch Contributor


TITO QUILING, JR., received his undergraduate degree in Literature from the University of Santo Tomas and was a three-time delegate to the d’Catch series, a transnational documentary exchange program held in Bangkok (2009), Chiba (2010), and Manila (2011). He is currently a graduate student majoring in Film at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.


SHARIZA RELOVA, Director of Communications, Dusit Thani Manila

ALLAN AARON FRANCISCO, BS Psychology Graduate, an aspiring artist.

, Expatch Contributor

ANNA STIVA, Expatch Contributor

ARIS MALLI, Expatch Contributor

ARTHUR MALICSE, Expatch Contributor

CARLA PIDO, is an avid traveler crazy about islands and beaches especially if they’re isolated ones. She’s regular surfer who is also currently finishing an MBA program in Ateneo de Manila University.

CIGRID TORRES, Expatch Contributor

CS GAERLAN, Blogger, Expatch Contributor

CONNOR BOURKE, CEO of Optima WFM, Expatch Contributor

CRAIG MANDSAGER, CEO of Wild Web Widget, Expatch Contributor

DANIEL AMBAT, Expatch Contributor

DEREK STEWART, Expatch Contributor; Australian Expat

GLAIZA -JANE ESPINA, receives her degree of Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from University of La Salette. She is currently enjoying her career in the freelance industry since 2016. She is passionate in her works. She loves to travel, so if she’ll pursue her career in writing, she’ll love to write about travels, visa, foods and lifestyle.

IRINA PACHECO, Expatch Contributor

JADEN MERO, Expatch Contributor

JAY FLIGHT, Expatch Contributor; Australian Expat

JED BELLEN, Expatch Contributor; blogger at A Walk to Zen. Jed is a Singapore-based practitioner in the field of project management and a Stanford University Certified Project Manager. He holds an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) under a full scholarship grant from the Asian Development Bank and the government of Japan. His studies at AIM roused his curiosity for a distinctive style of Asian management so to speak. But his interactions with fellow Southeast Asians in the workplace made him realize that there is really no such kind of Asian management. Rather, it is cultural management at the core considering cultural attributes, attitudes and communication re-contextualization..

JEROME CUAL, Web Designer

JOAN MIRRAR, Expatch Contributor/Researcher

KAREENA MIRPURI, International Customer Service, Asian Eye Institute

MARC DAUBENBUECHEL, Executive Director of Retirement and Healthcare Coalition, Founder and Managing Director of RainTree Care Services, writer for Business Mirror for the section “View From The 19th Floor”, Project Manager at European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

MARCELLE VILLEGAS, Expatch Contributor

MARIA JOSE, Expatch Contributor

MARY YOU, Expatch Contributor

MICHAEL JULIO, Expatch Contributor

MIKE GROGAN, CEO of Mike Grogan Consulting, writer for BusinessMirror, Best-Selling Author & Behavioral Change Coach who believes in the Genius of the Filipino. Mike has worked in Europe, America, Africa and Asia, and has delivered his inspiring talks & training seminars to over 100,000 people around the world.

NEMIE REYES, Expatch Contributor

PAOLO AMISTOSO, Expatch Contributor

PHILIP ROA, Expatch Contributor

RACHEL SANTOS, Expatch Contributor

RACHEL LAPITAN, Expatch Contributor. A frustrated photographer, likes sightseeing, loves to watch food and travel blogs and will binge watch any series, your average millennial.

RHETT KINNEAS, Expatch Contributor

ROANNE SANTOS, Expatch Contributor

RONALD GACASAN, Expatch Contributor

RUEBEN VON HANEN, Expatch Contributor

STEVE HILL, Expatch Contributor

THOMAS GRAHAMwas born in UK and found his purpose in the Philippines. He is an international speaker and author of the book “The Genius of the Poor”. Thomas is also the cofounder of MAD (Make A Difference) Travel, a social tourism enterprise that creates fun and fulfilling travel experiences in partnership with Gawad Kalinga communities.



Expatch Editorial Team

THERESA LUNA, Expatch Contributor, Paralegal at MultiRational Corporation

KENNETH DEGUZMAN, Expatch Contributor

DEXTER HUINDA, Codeigniter Developer



Contributing Organisations

Blue Cross Insurance, Inc., is a specialist provider of medical and travel insurance.As a specialist insurer, we tailor our products and services to clients who want only the best in healthcare and protection when traveling.We are one of the leading and most financially stable companies in the industry today. Our Premiums Earned in recent years put us in the top 20non-life insurance companies in the Philippines.


Pacific Strategies & Assessments (PSA) is Asia’s leading independent business risk consultancy, providing Market Entry & Intelligence, Enhanced Due Diligence, Security & Crisis Management and Corruption & Fraud Prevention services to business across their business life cycle.

PSA specializes in risk consultancy across the Asia-Pacific region, with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila, and Sydney. Our staff has extensive experience in the region, with professional backgrounds in government intelligence, military special operations and corporate security, as well as journalism, marketing, and management consulting.

Corporate Apartments International. Corporate Apartments International has been in operation since 2010 and today is a premier corporate housing and serviced apartment provider in Manila and China, with more locations to follow.

We were the first organisation to specialise in providing fully furnished and serviced apartment accommodation and we are now the only company of its kind to offer the service across the Asia Pacific region.

With many years’ experience dealing with multinationals and individual business travellers, we have the experience to understand and satisfy the need for cost effective, hassle free extended stay accommodation.

Our philosophy is simple – Think Global…Deliver Local. Our aim is to provide a similar level of quality and service regardless of location, but with the advantage of having a highly professional local management team.

Our carefully selected serviced apartments are of the highest quality and come fully furnished and equipped. They are modern and spacious, much larger than hotel rooms with a residential character and in convenient locations.

As well as the cost benefits offered by Corporate Apartments International, we believe that our ‘home away from home’ approach yields strong productivity gains with employees or consultants so life is normalised during their assignment.

Crown has been managing relocation programs and moving services since 1965. With a truly global network of over 250 locations in 55 countries, our clients rely on Crown for consistent and well-coordinated mobility services. Crown Relocations has been present with an office in Manila since 1997.

Ricardo JM Rivera & Associates (RJMR) Law Office provide a full range of legal services to clients and in particular, experienced litigation and international commercial arbitration practice. As you will see in the list of notable cases and past transactions, RJMR Law Office has a wide array of litigation-related practice.

The APBOA is set up to provide a unified and cohesive front for organisations and individuals who participate in the outsourcing author.

The Wallace Business Forum is the Philippines’ top source of information and advice that CEO’s need to succeed. They help clients succeed by being the leading provider of objective, independent analyses, information and insights, interactively, on issues critical to success. They also provide clients with access to key government offices and senior officials to assist them in achieving their business objectives. They are the link between business and government.

Peregrine Development International is a knowledge management company chartered to assist, facilitate and augment our clients and partner companies in developing opportunities and conducting business in transitional and emergent economies around the world.

CB Richard Ellis Philippines was established in 1998 and has been prominent in the Philippine market since 1995 through a previous association. CB Richard Ellis has become the leading real estate advisor in the Philippines with the most comprehensive array of services in the industry including: real estate sales, leasing, tenant representation, office services, investment sales, property management, facilities management, asset management, project management, research & consulting, valuation services, and technical services. This rock solid platform across all property service sectors is clearly our competitive advantage.

XMG Global Founded in Victoria, Canada and Manila, Philippines, XMG Global provides unbiased and highly actionable research and advisory services to help companies become agile, adaptive and efficient. Having earned our reputation to be the premiere research company in the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector since 2004, XMG has evolved over the years to serve other sectors to provide the critical and incisive research for organizations to enter, grow or transform market and revenue share. Our private sector Clients from various industries engages XMG to develop their growth strategies, engineer value, and take their organizations to new heights through our prescriptive research and strategic consulting services.

As a travel and tour company, Travel Managers is accredited by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID), National Statistics Office (NSO), various foreign embassies and consulates, and a member of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA).

As an IATA approved agency, Travel Managers carries the appointment of all airlines, both IATA and Non-IATA. Therefore, the Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) allows us to issue electronic airline tickets, so that you are promptly issued as needed, right here, right now, no matter how much!

Travel Managers carries the appointment of Chartis Philippines Insurance, Inc and Blue Cross Insurance Inc. so that you are fully covered every time you travel. We are now part of a global network of travel management agencies called the GSM (Global Specialist Markets). Travel Managers International is their exclusive partner in the Philippines


Multirational is a business services and commercial real estate company. Our clients are mainly from Australia, USA, UK and Hong Kong. We serve mid-sized to large businesses which – for reasons of security, culture, standards, legislative compliance or client requirements – prefer to keep their service delivery, intellectual property and confidential information in the hands of their own employees.

EON The Stakeholder Relations Firm has been in operations since 1998 providing business communication consultancy to top global and local brands from various sectors that include energy, transportation, mining, consumer, motoring, utilities, finance, food, technology, multilateral organizations, government and education among others. It specializes in deploying communication programs that help organizations build mutually-beneficial and trust-based relationships with its stakeholders in the Philippines.

Breakfast Magazine is your ultimate food and lifestyle magazine. The first and only magazine that does not only celebrate food but more importantly provides a holistic experience for its readers by celebrating the people behind the continuously growing food industry. Thus, Breakfast provides not only the easiest and most affordable recipes but also satisfies your mind with stories from inspiring personalities.

Philippine Resources Mining, Petroleum & Energy Journal is published independently for executives in Philippine Mining, petroleum and energy and associated business sectors.

Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) is the governing body of the sport of Rugby Union in the Philippines.

Philippine Charities. Hunger can’t wait. Education and health can’t wait. The environment and human trafficking certainly can’t wait. And this is why we finally started Because there is something more urgent out there than our careers and personal goals.

The things we need to accomplish are huge. We can’t do it on our own. Through this website, we work with people from all over the world to slowly build a better life for the Filipinos and a better environment for the Philippines.

British Chamber of Commerce Philippines. The British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) is an independent, non-profit membership organization whose primary objective is to support the development of its members’ business and social interests in the British and Philippine communities, helping them achieve their objectives.

The British Chamber is a dynamic organization and is the recognized voice of the British business community in the Philippines, promoting members’ interests with government and business bodies in the Philippines and Britain, in collaboration with British Embassy Manila, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and other partners.

Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Asia. Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Asia , a subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc, is a market leader in insurance & reinsurance broking, employee benefits services and risk management consultancy. The JLT Group employs more than 6,500 personnel worldwide and operates out of more than 100 offices in over 35 countries around the globe. We are an international group of risk specialists and employee benefits consultants and one of the largest companies of its type in the world.

Our operations in Asia date back to 1836. Today, JLT Asia is one of the most experienced brokers in this region, with over 700 staff in 12 locations across Asia – China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Macau, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Whilst Jardine Lloyd Thompson Insurance Brokers Inc. was established more than 30 years ago, the Jardine Matheson Group had already been active in the Philippine insurance market since 1928 through the Theo Davis Insurance Agency. Today we are one of the market leaders in risk management, insurance broking and consultancy services in the country. We are committed to delivering unparalleled service to our clients at all times. is a start-up company in Makati City, Philippines. It is the mission of to provide the most advanced, easy to use real estate portal that showcases the Philippine properties using community, lifestyle and building information. is backed by Kickstart Ventures, an incubator-accelerator form owned by Globe Telecom, in partnership with Australian counterpart Pollenizer. The founders are real estate sales expert William Pattison, technical engineer Ashier de Leon and web design and social marketing professional Karla Cachola.

Unlike the typical real estate portals, the company does not only highlight the lifestyle details and features that really matter to buyers, but also provides Google Map integration to show establishments, parks, transportation, and other landmarks that are available within a two-mile radius from the listed property.

The company’s main clients are locals and expatriates looking for a home in a community that can offer significant services for their lifestyle and income level.