Key Officers

Leslie Ann T. Yapkianwee
Treasurer

Ms. Leslie Yapkianwee is concurrently the Treasurer of Discovery World Corporation and its subsidiaries, Euro-Pacific Resorts, Inc., Palawan Cove Corporation, Cay Islands Corporation, Sonoran Corporation, Long Beach Property Holdings, Inc., Balay Holdings, Inc., Lucky Cloud 9 Resort, Inc., and One Davao Townships Corporation. She is also the Business Development Manager of JTKC Land, Inc. (since 2007); Vice President of One Legaspi Corporation and One Luscara Corporation; and Treasurer of The Discovery Leisure Company, Inc. She served as President of Discovery Fleet Corporation from 2018 to 2019. Before joining the group, she was with Citibank from 2003-2005 and then briefly with ING Bank in 2006.

She graduated from De La Salle University in 2001 with a double major in Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. She also took up a Mandarin course at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2005.



Mary Jean D. Codiñera
Vice President - Investor Relations Officer

Ms. Jean Codiñera is concurrently the Vice President - Investor Relations Officer of Discovery World Corporation and a Director of Cay Islands Corporation and One Davao Townships Corporation. She is also the Vice President for Sales and Marketing of JTKC Land, Inc. She was previously the Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Tofino Corporation (2010-2011) and Membership Head of Filinvest Alabang, Inc. (2009-2010), Sales Manager of Filinvest Land, Inc. (2006-2007), and President of the Corporate Circuit,Inc. (2001-2006). She is a graduate of the Assumption College, San Lorenzo and is a Certified Public Accountant.



Rupert Terence C. Sykat
Vice President – Project Development

Mr. Rupert Sykat is concurrently the Vice President for Project Development for Discovery World Corporation and JTKC Land Inc. He was a Project Architect of Greenfield Development Corporation (2007-2010) and a Design Architect of W.V. Coscolluela and Associates (1997-2006). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas and is a Registered Architect.



Anna Francesca C. Respicio
Corporate Secretary

Ms. Anna Francesca C. Respicio is the incumbent Corporate Secretary of the Corporation and its subsidiaries. She is also one of the Directors of First Abacus Financial Holdings Corporation. She is likewise Corporate Secretary or Assistant Corporate Secretary of the following listed companies, I-Remit, Inc., Jolliville Holdings Corporation, as well as the following registered corporations: Sterling Bank of Asia, Inc. (A Savings Bank), Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club, Inc., Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club, Inc., The Country Club At Tagaytay Highlands, Inc., and The Spa and Lodge at Tagaytay Highlands, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree (Major in Philosophy) in 2007 and her juris Doctor degree in 2011 from Ateneo de Manila University. She is currently a Partner at Tan Venturanza Valdez. She was admitted to the Philippine bar in April 2012.



Erwin Peter Z. Lopez
Hotel Manager, Discovery Shores Boracay

Mr. Erwin Peter Z. Lopez is currently the Hotel Manager of Discovery Shores Boracay (2015 to present). He previously held the position of the resort as Director of Operations (2012-2014) and Operations Manager (2007-2012). Before joining Discovery Shores Boracay, he was part of the pre-opening team of Discovery Suites Ortigas (2000) and was also with Pan Pacific Manila (1998-1999). He graduated from De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde with a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in Human Resources Management. He also took courses at the Cornell Nanyang, Institute of Hospitality Management, Singapore (2008) and Asian Institute of Management, Philippines (2011).



Joegil Magtanggol M. Escobar
Hotel Manager, Club Paradise Palawan

Mr. Joegil Magtanggol Escobar is currently the Hotel Manager of Club Paradise Palawan. He graduated from the Lyceum University of the Phlilippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Service major in International Trade. Prior to joining the company in 2013, he was with Air Philippines Corporation, an affiliate of the flag carrier Philippine Airlines from from 2000-2010 under Sales & Marketing and eventually as Branch Manager of Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and Caticlan. From 2010-2013, he became the Terminal Operations Manager of Trans Aire Development Holdings Corporation, a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation tasked to operate, manage and develop Caticlan (Boracay) Airport under the then PPP (Public-Private Partnership) Program.



Morielle Isobel S. Cariño
Assistant Corporate Secretary

Atty. Morielle Isobel S. Cariño, the Assistant Corporate Secretary of the Company, is likewise the Assistant Corporate Secretary of Balay Holdings, Inc., JSD Solutions, Inc., Long Beach Property Holdings, Inc., and Lucky Cloud 9 Resort, Inc.

Atty. Cariño obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo Law School and was admitted to the Bar in June 2019.



Charlie G. Ledesma
Assistant Vice President – Finance & Compliance Officer

Mr. Charlie Ledesma is concurrently the Assistant Vice President - Finance and Compliance Officer of Discovery World Corporation. He is also the Treasurer of Discovery Fleet Corporation. He was previously a Commercial Banking Relationship Manager for Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (2017-2018) and for Bank of the Philippine Islands (2013-2015). He also served as Business Development Manager for True Money Philippines Inc. (2016-2017). He holds a degree of Bachelor of Science degree (major in Management, minor in Finance), cum laude, from the Ateneo de Manila University.



Laydel B. Balaquidan
Risk Officer

Ms. Laydel Balaquidan is concurrently the Risk Officer of Discovery World Corporation. She was previously an Audit Manager of Reyes Tacandong & Co. (2013 to 2021). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy, cum laude, from Araullo University-PHINMA and is a Certified Public Accountant.



Erlito Z. Parangue
Audit Officer

Mr. Erlito Parangue is concurrently the Audit Officer of Discovery World Corporation. He worked at Ever Gotesco Malls as an Audit Officer from 2017 to 2020 then briefly with Lifestrong Marketing Inc. as an Internal Auditor before joining DWC. He graduated from City of Malabon University in 2017 with Bachelor of Science degree in Management Accounting. He also holds Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from St. Vincent de Ferrer College of Camarin (2018).