28 Nov, 2016
Date and Place of Birth: 23 March 1948, Dagupan City
Ateneo de Manila University, 1968, AB Behavioral Science
High School – St. Louis University, Baguio City, 1964
Marital Status: Married with Ma. Patricia Recto-Garcia
Children: Karina-Denise, Ermin Patrick III, Anna Karmina
Since 1968, Editor-Publisher, SUNDAY PUNCH, Dagupan City, one of the country’s oldest community newspapers (founded 1956); the first Filipino community newspaper to publish online version in 1997; named one of most successful community newspapers in Asia by UNESCO study.
Media Affairs Consultant, Office of Sen. Alan S. Cayetano, 2010.
Past Travel Industry Affiliations:
1985-1987: President, Philippine Travel Agencies Association – longest serving president of the association
1986: Founding Chairman, Tourism Council Of The Philippines, (Umbrella organization of tourism bodies in the Philippines),
1987: Chairman, ASEANTA, ASEAN Tourism Association
1988: Deputy Director, Universal Federation of Travel Agents Associations (UFTAA)
1985-1988: Director, Philippine Convention & Visitors’ Corp, (the tourism marketing organization of the Department of Tourism)
1982-2002: Chairman – President, CITI-World Travelmart Corp.
1981-1982: Manager, Viva Travel & Tours Inc.,
1978-1980: Sales Manager, Resort Hotels Corp.
1977: Management Trainee, Hyatt Hotels (USA)
Past Media Activities:
Founding Chairman, Freedom Fund for Journalists.
1997-1998:Publisher-Columnist, The Manila Times: Directed editorial and marketing activities (under Gokongwei ownership)
1990-2000: Executive Director, Philippine Press Institute (also known as the Philippine Association of Newspapers): Directed journalism training and forum activities for Manila and provincial journalists; served as Vice Chairman in 1998.
1998: Founding Secretary-General, Council Of Asia-Pacific Press Institutes, a network of press institutes in Asia and the Pacific.
1998: Founding member, Asia News Network, a network of major English daily newspapers in Asia
1997: Board Director, RPN-TV9
1995: Columnist, The Manila Chronicle
1988-1989: Travel Columnist, The Manila Bulletin
Other Past Undertakings:
2008 – 2010: Chief of Staff, Sen. Pia S. Cayetano,
2003-2007: Media Affairs Consultant, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson
2005: Executive Director, Sinag Ng Bayan Foundation, known as the People’s Crusade for Good Governance
Source: Ermin Garcia.