A company as progressive and as diverse as Hijo deserves no less than someone who is as progressive and as diverse as the company. Ms. Rosanna Tuason Fores, a successful entrepreneur with forays in industries ranging from coconut plantations to call centers, fits the bill.
A Management graduate of Santa Clara University, Rosanna returned to the Philippines determined to make a difference in both business and nation-building. She involved herself in agribusiness and became VP for Marketing at Blue Bar Coconut. She also became the President of the Association of Philippine Coconut Desiccators. She was the owner representative of Cardinal Ceramics, which counted the Metropolitan Museum of New York among one of its customers.
Rosanna was part of the early wave of investors who saw the potential of business process outsourcing in the Philippines. She helped form Ambergris Solutions, which quickly became one of the top three call centers in the Philippines before its assimilation into Telus Canada. She currently sits on the Board and is a Founder-Shareholder of Enderun Colleges, Inc., one of the leading culinary schools in the Philippines.
Hijo Resources Corporation
Before his untimely death, Rosanna’s father Boy Tuason bought a struggling banana plantation in Davao called Hijo Plantation. Tuason and his management team helped the business become the first company in the Philippines to export Cavendish bananas to Japan. That pioneering effort in the late 1960s created an industry second only to Ecuador in the production and export of bananas, helping provide employment to thousands of Filipinos in Mindanao.
Today, Rosanna is leading its transformation of Hijo from a traditional banana plantation to a modern corporation with business units in agribusiness, logistics and port operations, property development, and tourism. She is also the moving force behind the Tuason Development Foundation, which was recently given a USAID grant to establish the Davao Gulf Business Incubator, which aims to help farmers and fishermen start up new businesses in Mindanao.
Rosanna is a recipient of Signum Meriti Medal of Saint Paul School of Business and Law, Inc. for her exemplary achievements in the fields of Business, Education, Tourism, Agribusiness and Property Development.
Rosanna comes from an established family that puts importance to serving the needs of the country above self. She herself served as Bgy Captain of Forbes Park, focusing her energies on helping the workers of residents in that exclusive village, while her mother, Ambassador Mercedes Tuason, serves as the Philippine ambassador to the Holy See.