Meet: 10 Cebuana CEOs that are making waves in the business industry

Lady boss.

“Behind every successful man is a woman”, this adage although proven true is quite outdated. With the awareness for gender equality, women’s voices and strengths are now being recognized. These strong independent women do not have to be “behind” but front and center in their success.

More and more empowered women especially in Cebu have then stepped up and be the “lady boss” that they were meant to be.

Here is a list of some remarkable women who have raised the bar and became an inspiration to every Cebuana.


  • CEO and President of Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc.
  • Senior Vice President and Group General Manager of the Robinsons Retail Group consisting of Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Supermarket, Handyman, Robinsons Specialty Stores, Toys R US and Robinsons Appliances.
  • Director of Cebu Air, Robinsons Bank, Robinsons Land Corp, and serves a Non-executive Director at JG Summit Holdings, Inc.
  • Bachelors in Journalism from NYU (New York University).

2. Ildeme Mahinay-Koch

  • CEO and founder of The Grooming Expert GmbH, the umbrella company of multiple brands including Koch’s latest creation, De Moi by Demee Koch, a Swiss Pharma Grade beauty
  • Switzerland Influential Filipina Woman in the World Award given by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN)
  •  MBA at the SBS Swiss Business School in 2008.

3. Dominica B. Chua

  • President and COO of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI)

 4. Margo Frasco

  • Current CEO of Titay’s Liloan Rosquillos
  • DJ in Magic FM
  • Member and advocate of the LGBT community

5. Cattleya “Cattski” Vanessa Espina

  • Founder of 22 Tango Records, a non-traditional, independent record label and music publishing house that promotes homegrown talent
  • Studio Director of Room 11 Music Industries
  • Musician, singer songwriter and record producer.
  • Produced albums of the Wonggoys, Vincent Eco, Martina San Diego, Mary Anchit, and Lourdes Maglinte

6. Georgia Felice “Jaja” Chiongbian-Rama

  • Founder and Managing Director of BIGSEED Public Relations & Events, a marketing communications company based in Cebu, Philippines specializing in public relations, advertising and events.

7. Julita Urbina

  • Laguna Group of Companies Founder
  • Entrepreneur of the Year by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Café Laguna as Best Filipino Restaurant in 2007

8. Kryz Uy

  • “February Lifestyle” fashion jewelry owner
  • Social Media Influencer

9. Raquel Choa

  • Philippine Chocolate Queen
  • The Chocolate Chamber (TCC) Founder
  • Owner of Ralfe Gourmet and Batirol

10. Jasmin and Jennifer Sarmiento

  • Founders of Beauty and Beyond Facial and Slimming
  • “NxtGen in Franchising” finalist
  • Vice-President at O.R. Sarmiento Construction

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Marel Baluyos
Marel Baluyos
"Cebu is my always."

Chemical Engineer / Associate Editor | Bantayan Island, Cebu

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