Founder and Principal Partner
Lyman A. Manzanares, Esq.
As the firm’s Principal Partner, Atty. Lyman A. Manzanares leads the day-to-day affairs of the Partnership, directly handles its most important clients, and makes the call on initiatives and ventures of strategic importance.
Atty. Manzanares was born in Tacloban City, Leyte to a mathematics professor and book author of a father and retired banker of a mother who worked for one bank for more than three decades, second of five siblings who all call the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City alma mater.
Public Sector Work
Special Assistant to the Secretary of Finance (Hon. Margarito B. Teves), Department of Finance, Republic of the Philippines, 2007-2010; Legal Consultant to the Presidential Adviser for SCAD, Office of the Presidential Adviser for SCAD, Republic of the Philippines, 2005-2006. Renamed Subic-Clark Alliance for Development (SCAD) Council under AO No. 105. Formerly: Subic-Clark Area Development; Legal Counsel to the Insurance Commissioner, Insurance Commission, Republic of the Philippines, 2005-2007; Legal Counsel to the Insurance Commissioner, Insurance Commission, Republic of the Philippines, 2004-2005; Consultant to the Insurance Commissioner, Insurance Commission, Republic of the Philippines, 2004; and Law Intern, Team Leader at University of the Philippines (UP) Office of Legal Aid (OLA), June 2003-May 2004 – Legal representation in court and advisory services for indigent/pauper litigants.
Private Sector Work
Founding Partner, Manzanares & Partners Law Offices; Advisor to heads and decision makers in business, president/COOs, board audit committee members, entrepreneurs, corporations, non-profits, and cooperatives; Cofounder, Domain Name Register Inc.; Former Chair of an SPV-AMC (Special Purpose Vehicle-Asset Management Company); Cofounder, ABC Systems Corporation; Former Director, Asia Business Consultants, Inc. (Est. 1959); Corporate Secretary (various); and Training Officer and Unit Manager of the preneed division of All AsiaCapital Group, once the country’s top investment house.
Philippine Bar Association (PBA); Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Makati Chapter.
University of the Philippines, College of Law. Bachelor of Laws, LLB, Law, 2000-2004; University of the Philippines, College of Arts and Letters (CAL), B.A. English Studies: Language, 1997-1999; and University of the Philippines, College of Engineering, EEE Department, B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1994-1997 (Not Completed).
Asia National Informatization Expert Course. 2008 Korea Information Technology Program (Project Management, eGovernment, other public management courses) by the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity. Seoul, South Korea. April-May 2008; Microinsurance Study Mission to Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Regina, Canada. 2006, Training Sessions and Briefings – Canadian Co-operative Association’s International Development Unit on Microinsurance Program, Credit Union Mutual Insurance Services Group Limited, Co-operators Insurance, and Canada-Saskatchewan Crop Insurance, and Study Lectures – Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions International Advisory Group and Capital Division (Risk-Based Supervision, Intervention Process for Federal Financial Institutions, and Risk-Based Capital). Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (Compliance, Market Conduct, and Consumer Protection).
Meetings and Fora
Washington, D.C., New York City, Hong Kong, and Bangkok, Thailand; Sessions at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank. Manila, Philippines. May 2012; Powering Innovations in Microfinance. Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines. May 2008; and World Health Organization. Regional Workshop on Tobacco Control and Sustainable Development. Manila, Philippines. October 2008.
U.P. Beta Sigma Fraternity; U.P. ROTC Cadet Officers Corps; and U.P. Lingua Franca.
Valedictorian, Leyte National High School; Valedictorian, Divine Word University; Editor-in-Chief, The Betan; Editor-in-Chief, The Leytean; Features Editor, The Leytean; and Sports Editor, The Leytean.
Cofounder and Of Counsel
Dr. Ramón A. Pedrosa, DCL
Dr. Ramón A. Pedrosa, Doctor of Civil Law stands as the Partnership’s Of Counsel, providing a prudent and discerning voice to the ordinarily combative milieu of the modern legal practice today. Dr. Pedrosa also provides critical consulting, mentoring, advisory, and coaching to clients and Partners alike.
Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines – President; Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Foundation (CCPF) – Secretary General, Chairman, Emeritus; Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry – Founding Trustee; Philippine Chamber of Industries – Member; National Economic Protectionism Association (NEPA) – Member, VP; Camara Oficial Española de Comercio – Secretary; Advanced Management Association of the Far East (AMAFE) – Director; AMAFE Foundation for Management, Inc. – President, Treasurer; President Elpidio Quirino Foundation – Trustee, Executive Director; and President Manuel A. Roxas Foundation, originally Friends of Roxas, Inc. – Trustee.
Association of Foundations — Trustee, 1970s; A. Soriano Foundation — Executive Director, 1970s-1980s; A. Soriano Cancer Research Foundation — Executive Director, 1970s-1980s; Culion Foundation — Managing Trustee, 1976-89; Tala Foundation, Inc. — Treasurer; Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) — Secretary, 1970s; Philippine Leprosy Coordinating Committee (PLCC) — Chairman, 1970s – 1980s; Pio Pedrosa Foundation for the Disadvantaged – President; Alay sa Kawal Foundation, Inc. (ASK) – President; Pag-aalay ng Puso Foundation, Inc. (PPF) — Chairman; Boy Scouts of the Philippines; Save Our Family Movement — Director; Asia Pacific Demographics Foundation – Chairman; and International Inter Faith Movement for the Family – Chairman.
Embassy of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (SMOM) — First Secretary, then Minister- Counsellor.
Académico Director – Academia de Lengua Filipina correspondiente de la Real Academia de la Lengua.
Petroleum Association of the Philippines — Chairman; Ocean Power Development Foundation, Inc. — President; Citroën 2CV Study Group — Chairman; STOL High-Density Fixed-Wing Aircraft Study Group — Chairman; Energy Development & Utilization Foundation Inc. — Incorporator, Director; National Forest Restoration Foundation — Chairman; and Ideal Environment Foundation — Chairman.
Cursillos de Cristiandad 1954 – held in Los Molinos, Guadarrama, España; Governing Council, Philippine Association of the Sovereign Military & Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta; Grand Cross of Magistral Grace — Chancellor 1972-90; Ordine Equestre di Santo Sepolcro di Gerusalemme (Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem) — Cancillere (Chancellor) then Luogotenente (Lieutenant); Commission on the Holy Shroud, Archdiocese of Manila — Member; Council of the Laity, Archdiocese of Manila — Member; Alay Dangal Movement/Aksyon para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan (Akkapka) — Member; Akkapka Foundation, Inc. — Vice President, then President & Executive Director; Family Rosary Crusade Foundation — Assistant Treasurer; Buklod ng Pag-ibig — Members; Chairman — September 8 Movement; GUTS — Secretary General; Marriage Encounter – Member; Editorial Board, Marian Messenger – Chairman; Millenium Saint Foundation – President; San Lorenzo Institute for Family Empowerment (SanLife) – Chairman; and Kalipunan Ng Mga Kapatiran Ng Pamilyang Pilipino, Inc.(KKPP) – Chairman.
President, Pedrosa Brothers, Inc.; President, PeAce (Pedrosa Acebedo) Corporation; Chairman and President, Family Plans, Inc.; Chairman of the Board, White Sands Beach Resort, Inc.; Chairman of the Board, Facilities, Inc.; Chairman of the Board, Peninsula Natural Resources Corporation; Chairman of the Board, Home Credit Cooperative, Inc.; Chairman of the Board, Skywalker, Inc.; Chairman of the Board, Concord Arrastre & Stevedoring Corporation; Chairman of the Board, Goldstar Port Resources & Development Corporation; Director, Minerva Mines, Orion 2000 Technologies, Inc. of Vancouver, Canada; Editor in Chief, The Philippine Review, Sacramento, California; Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, then President, then Chairman of the Executive Committee, then Consultant – Oriental Petroleum and Minerals Corporation; and Chairman of the Board & President – Islands Broadcasting Corporation.
August Twenty One Movement (ATOM) – Founding President; The Sultanate of Sulu and owner of North Borneo – Wazir and Rajah Buddiman to the Baginda Sultan Haji Muhammad Julaspi Kiram; Aksyon Para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan (AKKAPKA) — the Philippine Center for Active Non-Violence – Member; Bagong Alyansa Nagkakaisa sa Diwa at Layunin (BANDILA) – Member; Partido Demokratiko-Sosyalista ng Pilipinas — Philippine Democratic Socialist Party (PDSP); September 8 Movement – Chairman; Katipunan – Vice Chairman; AbayPAMILYA – Director; Alternatibo! – Chairman, Board of Convenors; SINAG – Peoples’ Crusade for Good Governance – Executive Vice President; Be Not Afraid Movement (BNA) – Chairman; and Solidarity for Sovereignty – Convenor.
Member, Upsilon Sigma Phi, University of the Philippines; and Member, Vanguard Military Fraternity, University of the Philippines.
Real Academia de la Lengua; Baguio Country Club; Casino Español de Manila; Marksman’s Shooting Club; and Automotive Association Philippines (AAP) formerly the Philippine Motor Association.
Of Counsel – Manzanares and Partners Law Offices; Senior Partner – Nubla & Pedrosa Law Office; Roxas, Lichauco, Picazo and Picazo Law Offices – Legal Apprentice 1952-53; Philippine Airlines, 1957-64 Administrative Assistant, Office of the Vice President-Legal, then Office of the Vice President-Operations and Maintenance Filipinas Orient Airways, 1965-66 – Chief Legal Counsel; and A. Soriano Corporation, 1966-85 – Administrative Assistant then Vice President, then Consultant.
Post-Graduate towards a Doctorado en Derecho Civil, Universidad de Salamanca, España, Universidad Central de Madrid, España; Advanced Summer Course in Advanced Management conducted by the Harvard University Graduate School of Business, Advanced Management Program of the Far East; and Masters in Business Economics, Center for Research and Communication.
The Passion and Death of Jesus of Nazareth; The Potential Energy in the Philippine Equatorial Currents; Active Non Violence in the Philippines; The Lupa Sug – pre Magellanic Philippines; and The Miracle of Our Lady in Mexico.
Books and Monographs Written
El Crimen Contra la Humanidad de la Destrucción de Cultura; The Ancient Lupa-Sug and the Philippine Constitution Rewritten; The history of the Philippines before History – Conversations on Pre-Magellanic Philippines; Golgotha – Passion and Death by Crucifixion, 1992; The Four Gospels are One (the passion narratives), 1994; Our Lady of Mexico and the Philippines, 1995; Nican Mopohua, 1996; Active Nonviolence in the Philippines; Jose Rizal – the First Philippine Apostle of Non-Violence; Political Writer Columnist The Gazette Philippines Online; Collaborative Papers submitted: The Philippine National Paper submission to The Hague Appeal for Peace – the Hague, Netherlands, 1999; Golgotha; The Assassination of Senator Benigno Aquino; Grammar for a Revolution of the Filipino People; Tepeyac – Our Lady of ‘Guadalupe’ Revisited. 2006; and Some Faith.
For those who taught us that this profession is best run on reservoirs of trust, discretion, honor, strict confidentiality, and confidence, skill and technique being givens. We know you know who you are ― and we thank you.
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