Secretary Dante Arevalo Ang was the first Chairman of office of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. He was appointed in 2004 as Chairman of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), a cabinet- level Secretary position under the Office of the President of the Philippines until June 30, 2010.
Term of Office : December 2004 - June 2010
Before joining the government, he has occupied various positions at The Manila Times as publisher, columnist, president and chairman of the board.
Dr. Ang obtained his Masters in Business Administration (magna Cum Laude) from Colegio de San Juan de Letran in 2003 and his Ph.D. from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 2005. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Lyceum of the Philippines.
At age 16, Dr. Ang worked as a surveyor’s assistance at the old Department of Public Works. His professional life in the communications industry began when he worked as a drama talent for radio productions at the Chronicle Broadcasting Network (CBN). He eventually became a disc jokey, a newscaster and a scriptwriter for w weekly live comedy show at CBN. Dr. Ang discovered the bigger world of advertising, public relations and journalism and became an advertising man, television executive, marketing manager, newspaperman and public relations practitioner. Dr. Ang decided to become an entrepreneur and started publishing a number of small trade publications. In 1987, he founded Dante A. Ang & Associates, Inc. a public relations firm, which he headed until December 2004.
From trade publications, the young entrepreneur turned to big-time publishing, becoming publisher of a business daily, a Filipino-language newspaper and several weekly magazines. In 2001, he bought the prestigious newspaper, The Manila Times.
In 2002, he became chairman of a thrift bank. In 2003, he inaugurated the Manila Times School of Journalism, the first such school to be operated by an established newspaper and became its chairman.
He also considers four other experiences as important to his life and development. These include his engagements in international diplomacy, his contributions to the development of democracy in the Philippines during and after the Marcos regime, his achievements in the field of marketing and his experience in labor and employment. The life and work of Dante A. Ang may be summarized in three words: perseverance, vision and integrity. He pulled himself up using the values of hard work, courage and determination. Beyond dreaming, he fashioned a vision that he sought to pursue and achieve. Above all, Dante endeavored to crown his life and work with probity and integrity, mindful of his beginnings and the legacy he wished to bequeath his children and grandchildren.
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