LEADERSHIP MANDATE

It is Aleanza's Academic Mandate to provide students with highly qualified leadership and faculty for each and every program. Aleanza goes to great lengths to provide a consistent world-class quality of education from sourcing teachers who have relevant experience and above-industry accomplishments. The full time faculty undergoes  annual international and local continuing education while the adjunct and part-time faculty are sources from current industry professionals.

The academic framework of Aleanza is continually upgraded and updated every trimester in order for students to get the very best practices each and every time.

Rob Pengson

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Teaches: Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Business, Strategy  & Digital Marketing

About:

Rob is currently the group CEO focused on education and food service. He leads the teams of Integra Business School, Aleanza Institute of Arts, Beso Beso Fine Dining, & Prima Bakery & Catering Services. An Interesting fact is that Rob did not go to college (he went to culinary trade school) and was denied entry in a local MBA because of his background. Despite the set back, Rob has built some of the most awarded brands in food and is the only chef/professional to found 5 educational brands still in operation today with a collective graduation of upward of 10,000 students. Rob credits the progress of his world and personal life to continuous education and he is committed to providing the next generation of leaders with the same opportunities to progress via world class education.

Education & Training:

Tokyo Sushi Academy: International Sushi Course - 2020

Harvard Business School: Leadership Principles 2019 - 2020

The Wharton School: Digital Marketing, Analytics - 2019

Harvard Business School: Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Management, Business Analytics & Financial Accounting - 2016 to 2018

Yamato Noodle School: Master Class in Japanese Ramen - 2019

Film-making Workshop: RS & Cohort- 2015

Asian Institute of Management: Venture into Entrepreneurship in the Food Industry - 2004

California Culinary Academy: Associate Degree Culinary Arts - 1999

Notable Achievements:

Pushing Online Education to the world via Integra Business School and Aleanza Institute of Arts

Founder of 5 schools in the Philippines with a collective student count of upwards of 10,000 individuals

First of only 10 Filipinos to be awarded batch 1 status at Madrid Fusion Manila

Pioneer of Molecular Gastronomy in the Philippines

Head Chef of The Goose Station, One of the country's most internationally awarded restaurants

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racky torres-manalastas

Creative Director of Whitewall Design Studio

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rich illustre

Director and Entrepreneur

About:

RICH ILUSTRE graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University and has been directing for television for more than 20 years. He directed shows for the country’s three major networks such as Sunday Pinasaya for GMA,  Talentadong Pinoy with Ryan Agoncillo and Shall We Dance with Lucy Torres-Gomez for TV5 and Bet On Your Baby with Judy Ann Santos for ABS-CBN. He is currently producing and directing MTRCB’s new online magazine show, UNCUT. 

 

Rich is also an events director and helms corporate shows, awards night and product launches for Toyota, Yamaha, Philamlife, Alveo, Subaru, Shell and other top companies in the Philippines. 


As an entrepreneur, he co-owns several franchises of Gerry’s Grill as well as The STOCKROOM, a novelty store with branches located at Ayala Malls U.P. Town Center, The 30th and Vertis North.

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estresa umali

Vice President for Branding and Operations - Aleanza Institute

About:

Estresa Umali is Aleanza Institute's Corporate Vice President for Brand and School Operations.

Prior to joining Aleanza, Esa was focused in Marketing and Sales for Corporate Real Estate. She is currently finishing her studies at Northwestern Kellogg - Executive Education for Digital Marketing Strategies: Data, Automation, AI & Analytics

Educationan & Training:

Northwestern Kellogg - Executive Education: Digital Marketing Strategies, Data, Automation, AI & Analytics; 2019

Microcaad Makati: AutoCAD Comprehensive (2D & 3D); 2018

First Academy of Computer Arts: Visual Graphic Design; 2016

De La Salle - College of St. Benilde: Consular and Diplomatic Affairs; 2007

About:

Racky Torres-Manalastas studied Visual Communication in UP College of Fine Arts where she was the class representative of the graduating batch. She then went to New York for further studies both in Parsons School of Design and New York School of Visual Arts. She had an internship with Fabien Baron, a renowned French director known for reinventing Italian Vogue, creative director of Harper’s Bazaar and Calvin Klein, and art director of Barneys in New York to name a few.

She came back home to the Philippines and worked for K2 Interactive, a local company with international offices in Hongkong, Malaysia and Singapore, where she worked her way up to becoming its Creative Director. She was then selected to lead BBDO Guerrero’s branding division, BrandLab. With her exposure to foreign and local multinational companies, it was the right time for her to set up her own brand consultancy office, Six Degrees, which she managed for six years. She now owns Whitewall Design Studio, a boutique design agency that has been around for five years already. She handles both local and international clients where she imparts the knowledge she has accumulated through her career. She keeps a lean team where relationships are cared for and built with a personal approach. Clients are treated like family where their needs are carefully planned and executed.

Education & Training:

UP College of Fine Arts: Visual Communication

Parson's School of Design

New York School of Visual Arts