Angelo Rafael


Awesomely unconventional

Anything and everything about his exposure to the global financial orld have been written about the newly minted Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Gov. Eli Remolona. His reputation precedes him, bringing to the local banking industry an extensive experience in international monetary policy. But in contrast to the snooty character shaped simply because of his international stature, Gov. Eli is nowhere in such a mold. Admittedly, he's cerebral but yet he's awesomely unconventional and down to earth. In fact, his welcoming charm coupled with that bedimpled, cherubic smile has earned him the "grandfather image," whom the BSP workforce may approach without fear of being outrightly scorned, same trait as his predecessor.


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Gov. Remolona and wife Ms. Marie Velasco Remolona are, in my book, a humble and unassuming couple that enjoys their weekends visiting organic markets in their comfortable shorts, tees and sneakers that nobody may recognize unless one is an acquaintance. This was the convention the couple was accustomed to while living abroad, 14 years in the Big Apple with Mr. Remolona working at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and 19 years in Hong Kong as the regional head of the Bank for International Settlements. And by this time, as we go to press, I believe Mr. Remolona is adjusting to the battery of security personnel accorded to the position. Welcome aboard, Governor.