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Manuel V Pangilinan (born July 14, 1946 in Manila, Philippines), also known as Manny Pangilinan and MVP, is a Filipino businessman. He is the Chairman of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, from 1998 up to the present. Pangilinan spent his elementary and high school days at San Beda College. He graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He received his MBA degree in 1968 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[2] He is also the owner of ABC/TV5 network, Cignal Digital TV and Smart Communications. He was the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ateneo de Manila University.


Current investments

Pangilinan founded First Pacific in 1981 and served as its Managing Director until 1999. He was appointed as

Executive Chairman until June 2003, when he was named CEO and Managing Director. Within the First Pacific Group, he holds the positions of President Commissioner of P.T. Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, the largest food company in Indonesia. He was named Chairman of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), after serving as its President and CEO until February 2004. He also serves as Chairman of Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Medical Doctors, Inc., Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Landco Pacific Corporation, Pilipino Telephone Corporation, and Smart Communications, Inc.

2010 Ateneo commencement address

During the Ateneo de Manila University graduation rites on March 26 and 27, 2010, Pangilinan was invited to deliver a speech for the graduating class, after being awarded an honorary degree in recognition of his services and contributions to the University. The speeches caused controversy as various parts of them were found to have been lifted from similar graduation speeches made by Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, JK Rowling, and Conan O'Brien.[3][4][5] Pangilinan openly admitted to the act in a written apology to Fr....