Bernardo Villegas

Last updated on: March 30th, 2011

Bernardo M. Villegas, University Professor | Founder and Director, Center for Research and Communication | Member, UA&P Board of Trustees

Development economics; Business economics; Social economics


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, Harvard University
  • Master of Arts in Economics, Harvard University
  • Bachelor of Science in Commerce, De La Salle University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, De La Salle University


Prof. Villegas has written several economics widely used textbooks. He is also one of the founders of the Center for Research and Communication, a private business think tank which evolved into the University of Asia and the Pacific, of whose Economics Department he was chairman for 15 years.

Prof. Villegas has been special economics adviser to five Philippine presidents and numerous legislators and local officials, and was a member of the Constitutional Commission that drafted the Philippine Constitution under the administration of former President Corazon Aquino.

He has been a member of numerous boards of leading Philippine and multinational corporations including McDonalds, DuPont, Rolls Royce, Bank of the Philippine Islands and Insular Life.

Prof. Villegas’ other responsibilities include delivering presentations worldwide which serve to highlight the economies of the Asia Pacific region, aimed at both Philippine and international audiences. He has served on the Pacific Board of Economics of Time and regularly writes for both local and international newspapers, such as the International Herald Tribune and the Asian Wall Street Journal.



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