NiHAO Mineral Resources International, Inc.（NI） is a mining company engaged in exploring, developing, acquisition and operating nickel properties as well as investing in operating mining companies. The Company aims to create an integrated mining company with its expertise in nickel exploration, its access to processing technology, and the potential of its projects. The Company’s vision is to become a leading nickel mining and processing company in the Philippines. Furthermore, NiHAO strives to become the leading strategic partner of foreign companies willing to invest in the vast potential of the nickel mining industry in the Philippines
Nihao Mineral Resources International, Inc. (NI) is a Philippine public-listed company engaged in the exploration, development and operation of nickel and other mining claims. The Company aims to capitalize on the trillion dollar mineral potential of the Philippines and to be at the forefront of the country’s economic development through mining. The Company aspires to be an integrated mining company with an expertise in acquisition, exploration, processing and development operations to all of its projects. The Company’s vision is to become a leading mining and processing company in the Philippines.
The Company’s name “NIHAO” stands for “Bountiful Nickel”, the primary mineral that is being targeted by the company’s exploration and acquisition efforts. It derived its name by combining the element symbol for Nickel “NI”, and the Chinese character for bountiful ”HAO”.
As of July 2013, the Company has mining claims located in the provinces of Isabela, Masbate, Zambales and Misamis Oriental that cover a total claim area of approximately 15,000 hectares.
The Company started its Isabela Nickel Project operations located in Dinapigue last March 2012. Currently, the company has shipped out a total of 7 shipments with an equivalent amount of weight of over 300,000 wet metric tons.
The Company is also doing progressive exploration in its mining claim in Masbate. Exploration activities include geological mapping, stream sediment sampling, heavy mineral concentrates sampling and rock/channel sampling.
NIHAO has an active Social Development & Management Program. This program includes assistance to infrastructure development & support services, health services, health facilities & health professionals, full educational scholarship programs.
The Company has signed agreements with solid foreign partners including Macquarie Bank of Australia, Capital Gold Pty Ltd., and Welcome Stranger Mining Ltd.
Board of directors, management team and executive officers
Antonio Victoriano F. Gregorio III
Director/Chairman/President/Member Audit Committee/Member Nomination Committee/Chairman Compensation Committee/Member Risk Management Committee
Antonio Victoriano F. Gregorio III was elected director and President of the Company on 21 December 2011, and became Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and member of the Audit and Nomination Committees on 29 October 2012. He graduated Second Honors, with a Juris Doctor from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1998 and passed the bar examinations of 1998. He also has a Bachelor of Science Major in Management Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Economics-Honors, both from the Ateneo de Manila University, Magna Cum Laude. He was a valedictorian of his high school class in the Ateneo. Atty. Gregorio is a Partner at Gregorio Law Offices and sits as director and officer of various public and private companies, including, AGP Industrial Corporation, Lodestar Investment Holdings Corporation, Dizon Copper-Silver Mines, Abacus Consolidated Resources and Holdings, Inc., GNA Resources International Limited, Cuervo Far East, Inc., among other companies.
Chi Ho Co
Chi Ho Tan Co, Filipino, is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University and was elected Director of the Company. He is currently the Vice President of Cavite Apparel Corporation; Vice President of Subic Bay Apparel Corporation, President of Hightower, Inc., Chairman of Glomedic Philippines, Inc.; Chairman of Banquets in Style, Inc., Treasurer of Julia Realty & Development Corp., Treasurer of Edgeport Porperties, Inc., Chairman of Fasttrack Realty & Development, Inc., Director and President of Lodestar Investments Holdings Corporation and President of CAC Motors Corp.
David O. Chua
David O. Chua was elected Director of the Company on 20 February 2008. He graduated from St. Mary's College of California with a Bachelors of Science in Financial Services Management Honors Program and received his Master of Business Administration from J.L. Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) and the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) Graduate School of Management. Mr. Chua is President of both Cathay Pacific Steel Corporation (CAPASCO) and Asia Pacific Capital Equities and Securities Corporation. He currently serves as a director on the board of the Philippine Stock Exchange, Philippine Savings Bank and Crown Equities Inc. He is also a trustee of the University of the East and the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center. Mr. Chua is a director and Chairman of the Trade Committee of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry as well as Chairman of the 2008 National Employer’s Conference of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), He also serves as a director of the Galleria Corporate Center Condominium Corporation and as director and Treasurer of the Heavenly Garden Memorial Park Development Corporation. Mr. Chua currently serves as President of the Kellogg/Northwestern University Alumni Association of the Philippines as well as the President of the Philippine Steelmakers Association and director of the Hardware Foundation of the Philippines. He is also a member of the Makati Business Club, Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX), ECOP, Rotary Club of Makati West and the Young Presidents Organization. He was previously a director for First Metro Investment Corporation, The Philippine Banking Corporation, PBC Capital and Investments Corporation and Philippine Internet Service Organization.
Delfin S. Castro, Jr.
Director/Chief Finance Officer/Treasurer/Compliance Officer/Member Compensation Committee/Member Governance Committee
Delfin S. Castro, Jr. was elected Director of the Company and was appointed as CFO/Treasurer/Compliance Officer in January 2012. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Geograce Resources Philippines, Inc. and AGP Industrial Corporation and the Chairman and President of Dizon Copper-Silver Mines, Inc. He holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. From June 2000 to April 2001, he was the Global Portfolio Manager for Private Equities at United Resources Asset Management, Inc. and formerly the Engagement Director of Palo Alto Consultants Asia, Inc, and a Senior Assistant Vice-President at Asiatrust Bank.
Jose Francisco E. Miranda
Director/Vice President/Chief Operating Officer/Member Audit Committee/Member Nomination Committee/Member Compensation Committee/Member Risk Management Committee
Jose Francisco E. Miranda was elected Director of the Company on 21 December 2011 and became a member of the Audit, Nomination and Compensation Committees on 29 October 2012. He is currently the Company’s Chief Operating Officer. He graduated from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, with a degree in B. S. Geodetic Engineering. He sits as a director and officer of various public and private corporations including Geograce Resources Philippines, Inc., Dizon-Copper Silver Mines, Inc., Lodestar Investment Holdings Corporation, AGP Industrial Corporation, among other companies
Job Adrian M. Ambrosio
Atty. Job Adrian M. Ambrosio, Filipino, was elected Director of the Company on December 14, 2012 . He is a member of both the Philippine Bar and State Bar of California. He is a graduate of the United States Department of Agriculture with a course on Cochran Fellow on Biofuels; the College of Law of England and Wales/International Bar Association with a Practice Diploma on International Capital Markets and Loans; and the University of California, Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, CA, on International Diploma in Computer Information Systems (with distinction). He obtained his Juris Degree, and likewise holds an AB Economics degree, from the Ateneo de Manila University.
Arsenio C. Cabrera, Jr.
Director/Corporate Secretary/Corporate Information Officer
Arsenio C. Cabrera, Jr. was elected Director of the Company and hhas been the Corporate Secretary and Corporate Information Officer of the Company since 30 November 2006. He is a member of the Philippine Bar, holds a Bachelor of Laws (Second Honors) and a Bachelor of Science in Legal Management from the Ateneo de Manila University. Mr. Cabrera is the Managing Partner of Herrera Teehankee & Cabrera Law Offices. He is currently the General Counsel of STI Education Services Group, Inc., Director and Corporate Secretary of GEOGRACE Resources Philippines, Inc., and Corporate Secretary of STI Education Systems Holdings, Inc., Lorenzo Shipping Corporation, Calatagan Bay Realty, Inc., Canlubang Golf and Country Club, Inc., DLS-STI College, Inc., Foundation for Filipinos, Inc., Northcroft Lim (Philippines) Inc., People’s Shrine Foundation, Inc., PhilPlan First, Inc., Philhealthcare, Inc., Banclife Insurance Co., Inc., Philippines First Insurance Co., Renaissance Condominium Corporation, Sonak Holdings, Inc., Trend Developers, Inc., Villa Development Corporation and WVC Development Corporation.
Independent Director/Member Governance Committee
Jong-Dae Lee, Korean, was elected independent Director of the company on December 14, 2012. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown Law, received his BA in economics from Haverford College. He is currently the Managing Director of Quadrant Management, a New York based buy out fund; Independent Director of Mando China Inc., a subsidiary of Mando Corp., which is one of the largest auto parts manufacturer in the world; a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization; and a member of the executive committee and chair of education programs of the Hong Kong Chapter and regional chair of networking for North Asia Region. He has served on the boards of both public and leading private companies, including, Asian Logic Ltd., a gaming software company which was listed in 2008 on the London Stock Exchange; DKoram Limited, a subsidiary of Ssangyong Paper; Morrison Express, a Taiwanese logistics company; and Antiro Funds, a family of hedge funds, among other companies. He was likewise an Executive Committee member of Lee International IP and Law Group, a leading Korean law firm with particular focus on intellectual property, and was of counsel to Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe’s Hong Kong office, a leading global law firm.
Manuel G. Ong
Independent Director/Chairman Audit Committee/Chairman Nomination Committee/Chairman Governance Committee
Manuel G. Ong was elected Independent Director, and Chairman of the Audit and Nomination Committees of the Company on 18 December 2009. He is currently the Vice President and Technical Director of Industrial Welding Corporation.
Rosalynn R. Vergara
Assistant Corporate Secretary