Carlos knew he was going to be a Certified Public Accountant & Lawyer (CPA-Lawyer), even if it was far from what he always dreamed of. An achieversince his childhood days, Carlos was very much interested in the world of Science. He wanted to become a Molecular Biologist, discover a cure for cancer, and do things that will be beneficial to mankind. He grew up with disciplinarian parents — his father was a military man — and so Carlos found himself following his father’s wish for him to become a CPA-Lawyer.
Carlos earned a full scholarship at the Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila where he finished his Accountancy degree. After passing the CPA board exams, he joined a Japanese non-governmental organization that provides scholarship grants to children all over the Philippines. He studied and worked at the same time until he obtained his Juris Doctor from the Ateneo de Manila University.
After passing the Bar, Carlos started as a law practitioner handling civil and criminal cases. Carlos’ career in PwC began in 1999 when his wife chanced upon a newspaper advertisement by Joaquin Cunanan & Co. which was then looking for consultants and senior consultants for its Tax Department. On board the firm, his knowledge was further honed when he was sent to various trainings here and abroad. In 2002, he was seconded in Bangkok to specialize in Transfer Pricing. He was admitted to the Partnership in 2012.
His transition from Director to Partner was not difficult because his mind was tuned in to becoming a Partner even when he was starting out as a consultant. After his admission, he went on to branch out to other fields and work more closely and effectively with his managers. His love for his people and desire to see them advance professionally are what motivate him every day. “I love working with them”, he says with a big smile.
“Our firm can only be as good as the people that we have.”
He admires the attitude, positivism and hard work of our people. With the growing competition nowadays, Carlos believes that our people is what makes PwC stand out from the rest.