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September 30, 2018


Bob Sobrepeña is well-known in business circles as the man who built the MRT and Baguio’s Camp John Hay.

Highly respected in the business community, Bloomberg describes him this way:

Mr. Robert John L. Sobrepena serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for Fil-Estate Corp. Mr. Sobrepena serves as President at Fil-Estate Management, Inc. He founded Fil-Estate Land Inc and served as its Chief Executive Officer since 1994. He served as the President of Fil-Estate Land Inc. Mr. Sobrepena. He is one of the three founding members of the Fil-Estate Group of Companies. Mr. Sobrepena concurrently holds various positions in Fil-Estate Group. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Metro Rail Transit Corporation, Fil-Estate Corporation, North Triangle Depot Commercial Corporation, CJH Development Corporation, Sherwood Hills Development, Inc., Fil-Estate Ecocentrum Corporation and Asia Pacific Golf Corporation and EDSA MRT Development Corporation. He served as Chairman of Fil-Estate Land Inc. He served as Co- Chairman of Global Estate Resorts, Inc since January 2011. He has been a Director of Fil-estate Land Inc. since 1994. Mr. Sobrepena graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science major in Psychology and Marketing from De La Salle University in 1978.

I had an enriching conversation with him that helped me finally understand why the MRT is in the state it is in today (because the Transportation Dept under Mar Roxas/Jun Abaya did not renew the management contract of Sumitomo Corp.), why he is always attacked for CAP (the College Assurance Plan of which he is not an owner), why the educational pre-need industry fell (loooong story that will shock you!) and, in a nutshell, how to become a successful businessman.

We also reminisced about Baguio and he shared how he is preventing forest fires in Baguio by planting coffee!

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