Roel Landingin has been covering Philippine business and economy for more than 20 years. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Forbes Philippines magazine, the local edition of the well-known US business publication. He was formerly the Manila correspondent of The Financial Times and senior fellow of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), a nonprofit media organization based in Manila. He has also served as business editor of The Manila Times newspaper and bureau chief of Bloomberg News in the Philippines.
In 2003, he wrote Ramon V. del Rosario: The Making of an Entrepreneur, a biography of one of the Philippines’ industrial pioneers. De La Salle University republished this book in 2011. In 2010, Roel edited Seven Deadly Deals: Can Aquino Fix Arroyo’s Costly and Messy Projects? that inquired into some of the most problematic infrastructure projects under the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Roel has won top honors twice in the Jaime V. Ongpin investigative journalism awards—in 2008, for his reports on the mismanagement of foreign aid in the Philippines, and in 2009, for his story on how corruption doomed a flagship airport project of the government.
As a senior reporter for two national newspapers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he covered the banking, finance, and energy sectors. His work earned him the Outstanding Economic Journalist and Banking and Finance Reporter awards from the Economic Journalists Association in 1994.
Roel has an AB Philosophy degree from the University of the Philippines and an MBA (major in finance) from the Graduate School of Business of De La Salle University. Born in 1959, he is married to fellow journalist Maria Lourdes C. Mangahas.
Public Choice: The Life of Armand V. Fabella in Government and Education, published by Anvil in 2016, is his third book.
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