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Board of Trustees

Washington SyCip, Founding Chairman
Doris Magsaysay-Ho, Chair
Atty. Ricardo J. Romulo, Corporate Secretary
Luis J.L Virata, Treasurer
Jorge L. Araneta
Jose D. Campos, Jr.
Teresita Sy-Coson
Frederick Y. Dy
Jaime Enrique Y. Gonzalez
Oscar M. Lopez
Edward A. Tortorici
Fernando Zobel de Ayala




Suyin Liu Lee, Executive Director
Suyin is the Executive Director of Asia Society Philippines Foundation, Inc. Prior to coming back home to the Philippines after being away for almost 20 years, Suyin held several positions in the banking and capital markets industries in the United States and Singapore. She served as a Loan Committee Member for the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment and Co-Founder of the Mana Fund under the Give2Asia program of the Asia Foundation in San Francisco. She has a Bachelors Degree in Management Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University and completed graduate courses in International Monetary Policy at the University of Vienna and Finance at the University of California, Berkeley.



Marge Madrigal, Program Officer
Marge has organized a variety of programs and projects for Asia Society Philippines – from cookbooks to exhibits to fora. Prior to joining Asia Society, she was a Client Service Executive for Nielsen Philippines, handling projects for clients in telecommunications and FMCG. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Magna cum Laude, from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. In her free time, she likes to volunteer for One Million Lights Philippines, read, travel, and observe human behavior.




Janina Bernardo, Communications Officer
Janina's main function is to lead communications and public relations to raise awareness about the organization and its various projects. She engages in the conceptualization and implementation of relevant programs. Janina graduated with honors from the Humber School of Business in Toronto, Canada where she took up graduate studies in Marketing Mangement. She has also pursued a Masters Degree in Asian Studies from the University of the Philippines. She was previously awarded a scholarship to spend one year in Japan as an exchange student. She has experience working in both the private and public sectors in the Philippines, Singapore and Canada. 


Global Initiatives

Kathryn Cárdenas, Program Officer, Global Initiatives (New York)

Kathryn brings with her over 12 years of experience in communications, programs development, membership relations and community engagement both from the private and non-profit world. She worked in a variety of sectors starting out in the field of advertising and accounts management, sales and marketing, and eventually in education, curatorial, and arts administration in the Philippines, Europe, and the United States. Based in Manila, she is the focal person of the Asia 21 network where she manages relations and oversees public service projects in the region. Kathryn works directly with the Global Initiatives Group at Asia Society New York and travels often to onsite programs and conferences.



Mayelle Rarugal, Executive Assistant

Mayelle is the Executive Assistant of Asia Society Philippines Foundation. She graduated from De La Salle University-Manila and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies major in European Studies. She was a former intern at the Office of Senator Bongbong Marcos and also worked as a paralegal for the Law Firm of R.V. Domingo & Associates prior to joining Asia Society. Her interests include sports, music, and photography.