A chat with Randell Tiongson about Manila, Dubai and MoneyTalks UAE 2017

  • Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • By Ion Gonzaga
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It's always great to find time to meet inspiring people and have a conversation about matters that matter, even on vacation.

While I was in Manila couple of weeks back, I had a luncheon meeting with Randell Tiongson over salad, pasta and Mary Grace ensaymada - arguably the best tasting ensaymada in the city.


Randell, a Registered Financial Planner (RFP) is an advocate of life and personal finance. He has become one of today's most respected personal finance coaches in the Philippines and in other countries like UAE. Aside from his training and speaking endeavors, he is also a Director of the Registered Financial Planner Institute Philippines and also and a strong advocate of financial education for the OFWs.

He regularly appears on various TV and radio shows in the biggest Media Networks in the country - ABSCBN, GMA, TV5 and CNN Philippines as resource guest for anything finance. He is also a columnist for Philippine Daily Inquirer. His column, "Money Matters," was nominated for Catholic Mass Media Awards in 2012 and 2013. He also writes for Moneysense Magazine, where he was hailed as one of the 12 Most Influential People in Personal Finance. Also an author, a good friend and a mentor...

We talked about traffic in the city, the holiday season and foods and restaurants not to miss when in Manila - I wish I had enough time to try at least everything in Estancia. We tapped on expat life in Dubai, the strugggles and thrills. He shared his favorite things to do and places to visit whenever he's in Dubai. He never miss to visit Nando's.

We had a good share of topics about public speaking, writing books, some bits of 'proud' parenting and character building, and the government. Talk about how few hours become an instant education for me.

Moving to Craft Coffee Revolution for an experience of uniquely brewed coffee and a heavenly slice of frozen brazo de mercedes which he never even had a slice by the way, we talked about his next 'assignment' in Dubai - Money Talks.


Money Talks UAE 2017 happens on 3rd and 4th of March at the Emirates Aviation College auditorium. The third installment of this conference features 3 other inspiring and motivational public speakers along with Randell. They will be covering the following topics:

  1. Getting ready to go home, Randell Tiongson, RFP
  2. Entrepreneurship for Filipino Expats, Jovy Tuano
  3. Proven investment strategies, Rex Mendoza, RFP
  4. The faithfulness to succeed, Dodong Cacanando
For more info and to register, please click here.

Here's a part of our conversation where Randell gives more details about what to expect in Money Talks 2017 and his personal committment to OFWs:



The 3 other speakers joining Randell on stage are the following:

Dodong" Cacanando is a former executive of Hewlett Packard, Philippines. In 1998, he resigned from his job and moved his family from Manila to Bukidnon. In spite having no farming background and meager resources to start with, he was able to established Moriah Farms, where he now grows different livestocks and vegetables. He grows hogs for Monterey and at one point became the biggest lettuce supplier for McDonald's in the Philippines. He shares the story of his amazing journey in his first book Breaking Through: A Man's Journey to Fruitfulness (2014). He has a unique way of managing his business; he uses the Bible as a business manual, the plant as a model on how to become profitable, his corporate experience to put structure in his organizations and the things he learned as an entrepreneur to make prudent decisions. Today, he also heads a foundation named "Semilya sa Kinabuhi, Inc." where they teach his unique approach to life and business. Last year, he released his second book, entitled Keeper of His Garden: Breakthrough Principles for Life and Business. His goal is to share these principles to as many people as possible so that they too can experience breakthroughs in life and become fruitful in their businesses.

Rex Mendoza was previously Senior Adviser to the AIA Group CEO for Marketing and Distribution. AIA is the leading pan-Asian insurance company and is the parent firm of the Philam Life, where Rex also held the position of President & CEO until 2014. Prior to this, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of Ayala Land, Inc., and Chairman of Ayala Land International Sales. He now sits as a director of Globe Telecom, Prime Orion Properties, Inc., The Freeport Area of Bataan, Esquire Financing, Inc., The Cullinan Group, and Seven Tall Trees Events, Inc. He is also a Trustee of the Bataan Peninsula State College. He is also part of Bro. Bo Sanchez’ Mastermind Group, and is considered one of the best speakers in leadership, motivation, and personal finance in the country. Rex holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management with Distinction from the Asian Institute of Management and was one of the 10 Outstanding Graduates of his batch at the University of the Philippines where he was also recently selected as one of the Most Outstanding Alumni. He is Fellow with Distinction at the Life Management Institute of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and was awarded outstanding professor of Marketing and Computational Finance at the De La Salle University Graduate School of Business.

Jovy Tuano, who's among the 100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf (2015 & 2016), is UAE industrialist and business ecosystem partner. The CEO of Asia Gulf Companies UAE, owner of home-grown food brands: La Comida Express Gourmet and La Carne Premium Meat. He is also the co-founder of the Philippines Business Council in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, currently the Director of Trade, Investment & Entrepreneurship of PBC Abu Dhabi.

For more info and event updates, please visit this Facebook event page. For tickets, please click here to register, or call +971-52-7673776. You may also email dubaifinancialevents@gmail.com.

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Photo courtesy of The Start

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