Judges

Cebuana Lhuillier selected nine outstanding individuals who have shown tremendous achievement in their respective careers, and serves as an inspiration to Filipinos all over the world, to serve as this year’s panel of judges for the Search for the Happiest Pinoy.

These personalities will scrutinize the nominees, deliberate, and choose the next Happiest Pinoy awardee.


Hon. Atty. Leni Robredo

A lawyer by profession, Atty. Leni Gerona-Robredo is the current house representative of the third district of Camarines Sur. For years, she has been extending, through the non-government organizations, free legal assistance to the needy and the dispossessed. She is the widow of former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.


Efren Peñaflorida

A teacher and a social worker, Efren Peñaflorida was namedas the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year for his Kariton Klasrum project that offers Filipino youth an alternative to street gangs through education. His advocacy was also recognized by Geny Lopez Bayaning Pilipino in 2007, by the NEDA and UN volunteers programme in 2008, and by the ASEAN TAYO Awards in 2009.


Francis Kong

A founding member and the Director of Inspire Leadership Consultancy, Francis Kong is a columnist, an author, an international public speaker, a corporate trainer, and a business consultant. He is also the current president of Success Options Publishing Company, and FunWorks Inc.


Luchi Cruz-Valdez

A respected Filipino broadcast journalist. Luchi Cruz-Valdez is currently the head of the News and Public Affairs Department of TV5. At present, she serves as the news anchor of TV5’s flagship news program, Aksyon, and as host of Reaksyon, a late night news magazine and public affairs show of the same network.


Emily Abrera

The current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Emily Abrera has served various advocacy groups and organizations in the past such as Museo Pambata, Children's Hour, Inc., Philippine Board on Books for Young People, Philippine Eagle Foundation, Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, and Nayong Pilipino. She is a founding member of the Women's Business Council and is the former Chairman of McCann Erickson Philippines, Inc., and the Director of Teleperformance, and 2GO Group Inc.


Atty. Anne Marie Corominas

Ms. Corominas works with the Office of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio, as a legal consultant primarily on international law issues. Previously from 2011 to 2014, she headed the Legal and International Affairs Office, ATC-PMC, at the Office of the President of the Philippines. Prior to 2011, she worked in New York in several capacities, as a lawyer focusing on government enforcement defense, and as an ad hoc legal adviser of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations, helping negotiate for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. She was selected as one of the ten Best & Brightest of 2014 honorees by Esquire Magazine, International Edition.


Jonathan Batangan

The brains behind the Search for the Happiest Pinoy, Jonathan Batangan is the current General Manager of Cebuana Lhuillier’s insurance arm, the Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions.


Winston Maxino

The winner of the first Search for the Happiest Pinoy, Winston Maxino is a corporate executive who has rose above his Ankylosing Spondylitis, osteoporosis, asthma, and uveitis diseases. He serves as the current Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hooven Philippines, Inc. and presently the General Manager of Green Earth Power and Energy Corporation.


Rommel Arellano

The current title holder of the Happiest Pinoy, Rommel Arellano is a government employee in Bataan who was afflicted with polio at childhood and walked with “tsinelas” on his hands. He is a motivational speaker, resource person, and a lecturer. He is also the president of the Persons with Disability (PWD) Organization in his community.