Sonny Coloma


SONNY COLOMA served as Communications Secretary under President Benigno S. Aquino III; Head of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) under President Corazon C. Aquino; and Transportation and Communications Undersecretary under President Joseph Ejercito Estrada. He was the Don Jose Cojuangco Professor of Business Management at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) where he also served as Dean of Executive Education. He was President of the University of Makati. In the private sector, he was a senior executive of a commercial bank. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Southeast Asian Inter-Disciplinary Development Institute’s School of Organization Development, an MBA (With Distinction) from AIM and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Philippines. He is the author of DIWA: Spirit-Led Organization in the Philippines and Pillars of Good Governance; and co-author of The Moving Train: Strategy, Organization and People; and KAPWA: Toward a Filipino Management Ethos.

The strength of the weak: Leading with a servant heart

This week, my column is devoted to sharing the message delivered by Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto at the Rotary District 3800 Training Assembly held at the Manila Hotel last May 18, 2024.

Carrying on Pauline mission in education

Nine years and four months ago, on Jan. 17, 2015, I had a life-changing experience in the Tacloban City airport.

Labor Day wish list: Living wage, humane workplace

For the past few days, I’ve been in a lively viber chat with friends on the concept of a living wage. Caritas Manila recently held a forum pushing for its living wage advocacy. Living wage goes beyond the minimum wage required by law. It is defined as “the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet their basic needs,” comprising of food, shelter, utilities, transport, health care, and childcare, for a family of four. 

Speaking at a graduation; flashback to an epiphany in Manhattan

 Earlier this week, I had a gratifying experience as a graduation speaker. I was invited to the CARD-MRI Development Institute in Bay, Laguna, to speak before newly minted Ph.Ds and master’s degree holders who were graduating from the Southeast Asian Inter-disciplinary Development Institute (SAIDI) School of Organization Development.