To be the number one online platform in Asia in producing investors and entrepreneurs.
Financially literate Philippines.
To provide the most effective approach in online learning about entrepreneurship and investing.
To establish communities in every part of the world that will strengthen the financial literacy of every Filipino.
Filip Lloi Wycoco, President
Floi Wycoco has more than five years’ worth of experience in sales in telecommunication companies such as M1 Limited in Singapore, Sun Cellular and Globe Telecom before he founded The Global Filipino Investors. He was previously with Philam life as a unit manager. He is now a Licensed Financial Adviser and an occasional guest at finance-related TV and Radio shows such as Money Talks Radio Show with Randell Tiongson, ANC on the Money among others. Floi had multiple jobs until he found the career he always wanted, that is to teach the Filipinos the proper way of money handling and to expose them into the importance of financial education.
Mario Jordan “Magellan” Fetalino III, CDPR, Chairman of the Board and Treasurer
Mr. Mario Jordan Fetalino III is handling International Business Development for the Illustrados Business Consultancy Group in Hong Kong and is also the Vice President for Digital Communications of the international medical publication, Medical Observer. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of The Global Filipino Investors while being regularly invited as speaker to talk about Financial Literacy, International Business, and Pharmaceutical Digital Marketing by organizations in the different parts of the Philippines and in other countries including Singapore, Malaysia, and South Korea. He took up B.S. Entrepreneurship in the University of Santo Tomas and Digital Public Relations under the Ateneo De Manila University – PRSP IIDM Program. He is a member of the The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Hong Kong and the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP).
Khristian Santos, MD, Corporate Secretary
Dr. Khristian Santos serves as Corporate Secretary in the TGFI Board of Directors. He is currently a hospital and health care professional and prior to being with TGFI, he was a medical intern at St. Luke’s Medical Center where he became a Doctor of Medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the University of the Philippines.
Rocelyn Aguirre Sumalapao, CPA, Member of the Board
Rocelyn Sumalapao is a qualified Certified Public Accountant with experience in external audit, accounts preparation and business system process. She has broad experience in various industries ranging from financial services entities (private equities, funds, special purpose vehicles, banks, investment business and trusts), retail, manufacturing, real estates, life and non-life insurance, and charities. On January 2011, she moved to United Kingdom where she currently works as an Audit Assistant Manager at KPMG Channel Islands Limited.
Sarah Michelle Cairo, OD, Member of the Board
Dr. Sarah Cairo has been in the field of Optometry for the past 9 years. After notching Top 7 at the Board of Optometrists in 2006, she garnered several awards for her outstanding work as a clinician. Aside from being one of the members of the TGFI Board, she owns the Cairo Optical Clinic (COC) in Boracay after deciding to move back to the Philippines after four years of work in Singapore. To date, Sarah supports the group by participating in TGFI events in Manila, Cebu and CDO among others.
Aside from Floi Wycoco and Dr. Khristian Santos, below are the current members of the Board of Directors:
Danjie Reyes, MBA
Danjie Reyes has a diverse Human Resources and Organizational Development experience of more than 8 years from FMCG, Academe, Hospitality, E-Commerce and Service industries. He is now the head of Human Resource at Lazada Philippines and has previously worked for Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa and York Philippines Inc. (a Johnson Controls company). He graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the Ateneo de Manila University after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy.
Januario Jesus “JJ” Atencio
JJ Atencio is a businessman who has done service in developing mass housing subdivisions for the past 20 years. JJ is President of the 8990 Housing Development Corporation, which principally aims to develop low-cost mass housing subdivisions particularly for the demographic of Filipinos in the middle to lower income brackets. 8990 Housing has extended its reach as well to the Visayas and Mindanao since their beginning in 1995. JJ holds a degree in Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University, having done postgraduate studies in Applied Business Economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific and International Housing Finance at the Wharton School of Business in the University of Pennsylvania.
Francis Carlo Lopez, CSR, MBA
Francis Carlo Lopez is currently a Stock Broker at Venture Capital Securities and a certified Securities Specialist. He holds a degree in Commerce & Business Administration in the University of Santo Tomas where he also acquired his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Nolan Ray Lazaro
Chief Technical Officer
Nolan has worked in the corporate world for 9 years before he finally decided he wants to be his own boss. Currently, he is a writer and advocate at nolanlazaro.com and definitelyfilipino.com, also utilizing his skills in Web Development and Podcasting. He holds a degree in BS Information Management and a Cisco Certified Network Associate license.
Chief Marketing Officer
Equipped with a stable experience in advertising, marketing and business development, Malvin has been a start-up team leader for 10 years. His first job was roving around the metro to check if his book titles were well displayed in the bookstore shelves. Today, he’s living his passion to inspire others to pursue their passion, motivate people to create value and help entrepreneurs grow their business.
Patrick Joseph Aragones
SEO / SEM Specialist, Senior Web Developer
Patrick is a skilled web developer, IT and SEO specialist with an experience of more than 3 years. With his profound understanding of Php Programming, Networking and even Adobe Photoshop, he was able to share his knowledge as an instructor back in 2013 at the AMA Computer College in Paranaque.
Fjordenz See Sun
Mobile, Systems, Web Developer
Fjord (pronounced as Fiord) is a professional license holder of PHILNITS (Philippine National IT Standards Foundation). He is knowledgeable in mobile, system and web development which acquired him clients in the Philippines and in Canada in his freelancing career. In addition, Fjord is a part-time trader of stocks and foreign currency.
Shiela Mae Prado
Shiella takes care of TGFI’s administrative work. During the weekends, she spends most of her time playing with her two lovely kids. She used to be the bookkeeper of Mr. Jay Lacson’s campaign team in his run during the 2013 Vice Gubernatorial race in the province of Cavite.
Cagayan De Oro
Berna Andrea Pacia
JR Rosales Caparas
Noli “El Subastahero” Alleje
After getting himself financially in trouble—spending 70% of his monthly salary for a luxury watch, finding himself bankrupt due to multiple credit card debts and more—Floi Wycoco, TGFI’s founder, capitalized on his unfortunate experience and found the inspiration to break the endless cycle of Filipinos mismanaging their wealth; preventing them from entering the wrong investments due to the lack of proper financial education programs in the country.
Floi Wycoco had 8 jobs before finding the career he always wanted. He was with several telecommunication companies and was also a manager at an insurance company prior to TGFI. Not only that, Floi was once one an Overseas Filipino Worker in Singapore where he worked for two years. During that time, Floi was living from paycheck to paycheck, working hard to earn a lot and spending all of it. Eventually, he found himself in deep amount of debt to the point of bankruptcy. Floi decided he needed a change in the way he lived his life.
In 2012, Floi shared his experiences and ideas with Magellan Fetalino and Dr. Khristian Santos. United by their advocacy, they started their own company and social media platform, The Global Filipino Investors, which initially had only around a thousand members.
For the past 3 years, the group has been advocating financial literacy through digital media and regular meet-ups among members in their respective country of residence. Communities have been formed in Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Brunei, Greece, Australia, Manila, Cebu, to name a few. TGFI’s methods and advocacy gained the recognition of multiple business and financial organizations like COL Financial, different Philippine Embassies, AFFI, Money Summit, as well as media groups in the Philippines like ANC – On the Money and CNN Philippines.
Today, the group has over 60,000 members (and growing) and has formed communities in more than 10 countries. Barely 1% of the total population, their journey for a financially literate Philippines is just beginning.