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/Member Compensation Committee/Member Risk Management Committee, Filipino
Atty. Gregorio III, 43 years old, was elected as President of the Company on 21 December 2011. He likewise became a member of the Risk Management Committee of the Company on 20 June 2013. Atty. Antonio Gregorio III graduated Second Honors, with a Juris Doctor from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1998 and passed the bar examinations of 1999. 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 sits as director and officer of various public and private companies, including Asiabest Group International, Inc. (Chairman and President from 2011 to present and Corporate Secretary/Director from 2008 to 2011), Lodestar Investment Holdings Corporation (Chairman from 2009 to present), Dizon Copper-Silver Mines (Treasurer/Director from 2012 to present), Abacore Capital Holdings, Inc. (Director, 009 to present), Cuervo Far East, Inc. (Corporate Secretary/Director 2005 to present), Alta Minera, Inc., Breccia Resources, Inc., and Millionaire’s Offices and properties, Inc. (Chairman, 2011 to present), Beaver Q Corporation and Barnyard Realty Corporation (Corporate Secretary, 2002 to present), Big Herald Link International Corporation (Corporate Secretary/Treasurer/Director, 2004 to present), Tajima Yakiniku, Inc. (Director, 2005 to present) and 4A9T Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (Corporate Secretary/Trustee from 1999 to present). He was formerly the Corporate Secretary/ Director of the following companies: GNA Resources International Limited (2011 to 2015), World Wide Manpower Overseas, Inc. (2007 to 2014), Active earnings, Inc. (2003 to 2011), Buddybuds, Inc. (2003 to 2011), Cangoc, Inc. (2002 to 2011), Carellan, Inc. (2003 to 2011), Cuisine Allurements, Inc. (2002 to 2011), Grand Pin Development Corporation (2004 to 2011) , Hobbiton, Inc. (2003 to 2011), Pinecrest Realty Corporation (2003 to 2011); Treasurer/Director of Carom, Inc. (2003 to 2011), Los Boldos, Inc. (2003 to 2011) and Onion and Chives, Inc. (2003 to 2011), and Corporate Secretary of JMARR Realty, Inc. (2002 to 2011).
Delfin S. Castro, Jr.
Director/Chief Finance Officer/Treasurer/Compliance Officer, Filipino
Mr. Castro, 50 years old, holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. He is currently the President of Geograce Resources Philippines, Inc.,Treasurer of Lodestar Investment Holdings Corporation, Chairman and President of Dizon Copper-Mines, Inc. (2012- present), Director/Treasurer of Asiabest Group International, Inc. (2010 – present). He is also a Director and Corporate Secretary of Sunplaza Development Corporation and Treasurer of the Peak Condominium Corporation. From June 2000 to April 2001, he was the Global Portfolio Manager for Private Equities at United Resources Asset Management, Inc. He was formerly the Engagement Director of Palo Alto Consultants Asia, Inc, and a Senior Assistant Vice-President at Asiatrust Bank.
Arsenio C. Cabrera
Director/Corporate Secretary/ Corporate Information Officer, Filipino
Atty. Cabrera, 55 years old, 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 a Senior Partner of Herrera, Teehankee & Cabrera Law Offices. He was elected as a Director of Geograce Resources Philippines, Inc. on 9 August 2006. He is currently the General Counsel of Systems Technology Institute, Inc., Calatagan Bay Realty, Inc., Canlubang Golf and Country Club, Inc., DLS-STI College of Health Professions, Inc. Foundation for Filipinos, Inc., Lorenzo Shipping Corporation, Northcroft Lim (Philippines) Inc., People’s Shrine Foundation, Inc. Renaissance Condominium Corporation, Sonak Holdings, Inc. Trend Developers, Inc., Villa Development Corporation and WVC Development Corporation.
Amor Roselle S. Herrera
Assistant Corporate Secretary, Filipino
Atty. Herrera, 40 years old, a member of the Philippine Bar, holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila Law School (Salutatorian). She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of the Philippines (Magna Cum Laude). Atty. Herrera is currently a Senior Associate at Herrera Teehankee and Cabrera Law Offices. She was formerly connected with SyCip Salazar Hernandez and Gatmaitan Law Offices from 2001 to 2003. Atty. Herrera is currently the Assistant Corporate Secretary of Geograce Resources Philippines, Philplans First, Inc., De Los Santos-STI Megaclinic, Inc., Lasik Surgery, Inc., Gurango Software Corporation, Geogen Corporation and Total Consolidated Asset Management, Inc.
Helen G. Tiu
Independent Director/Chairman Audit Committee/Chairman Risk Management Committee, Filipino
Ms. Tiu, 55 years old, was elected Director of the Company and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committees of the Company on 11 December 2015. She is currently the Managing Director, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary of Lazaro Bernardo Tiu & Associates, Inc. since1996. She is also the Owner and Manager of H. G. Tiu Law Offices. She currently serves as a Director and Corporate Secretary of Txanton Torre Wine and Olive Oil Co., Inc. (since 2014), AWC Philippines, Inc. (since 2012). She also serves as a Director of Stratpoint Technologies, Inc. (since 2005), and as the Corporate Secretary for Psi Technologies Holdings, Inc. (since 1999), Philstar Global Corporation (since 2003), Igloo Supply Chain Philippines, Inc. (since 2009), Gel Holdings, Inc. (since 2001), Monde Nu Agri Corporation (2015), Monde Nissin Corporation (2015), BPC Philippines, Inc. (2015), Ace Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, Inc. (2015), Golden Light Development Corporation (since 1993). She is also an Independent Director in Dizon Copper Silver Mines, Inc. ( since 2012) and Asiabest Group International, Inc. (since 2012). Her past professional experience includes her directorship in St. Augustine Services, Inc. (2011-2012), Petron Corporation (1993-1994), and Goodyear Corporation (Philippines) in 1994. She likewise served as the Corporate Secretary for Aboitiz Transport System (ATSCI). Metropolitan Hospital, Yutivo Corporation. She also served as the Treasurer of St. Augustine Services, Inc. (2011-2012). She was also a former Tax Partner in Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co.
Job Adrian M. Ambrosio
Director/Member Audit Committee/Member Governance Committee, Filipino
Mr. Ambrosio, 42 years old, was elected Director of the Company on 14 December 2012. He is a member of both the Philippine Bar and State Bar of California. He is a Cochran Fellow on Biofuels sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture; a graduate of 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 Doctor Degree, and likewise holds an AB Economics degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. He is currently the General Counsel and Managing Director of Bioeq Energy and formerly a partner at Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law and Special Counsel at Philippine Department of Finance.
Manuel G. Ong
Independent Director/Chairman Nomination Committee/Chairman Compensation Committee/Chairman Governance Committee, Filipino
Mr. Ong, 58 years old, was elected Director of the Company and Chairman of the Nomination Committees of the Company on 18 December 2009. He became the Chairman of the Governance Committee on December 17, 2014 and the Chairman of the Company’s Compensation on 11 December 2015. He is currently the Vice President and Technical Director of Industrial Welding Corporation.
Michael T. Defensor
Director/Member Nomination Committee, Filipino
Mr. Defensor, 46 years old, was elected Director of the Company and Member of the Nomination Committee of the Company on 11 December 2015. Mr. Defensor holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from the University of the Philippines. He is currently the Chairman and President of Pax Libera Mining Corporation, President of Magnus Mettalurgical Corporation and Chairman of Consphil Mining Corp and Manila Integrated Cargo Terminal. He was formerly the Chairman of Geograce Resources Philippines, Inc.
Martin Antonio G. Zamora
Director/Member Compensation Committee/Member Risk Management Committee/Member Governance Committee, Filipino
Mr. Zamora, 43 years old, was elected Director and member of Compensation, Risk Management and Governance Committees of the Company on 11 December 2015. He is currently the Senior Vice President for Marketing and Strategic Planning for Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC) and also serves as Director of the company as well as of all its subsidiaries. He is the President of Emerging Power, Inc., a subsidiary of NAC engaged in renewable energy development. He is also President of Geogen Corp. and Senior Vice President of Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp. and Hinatuan Mining Corp., subsidiaries engaged in nickel mining. Before joining NAC in 2007, Mr. Zamora was the Philippine Country Manager and a Director of UPC Renewables, a global developer, owner and operator of wind farms and solar facilities. Prior to that, he worked for 10 years for finance and investment banking firms such as CLSA, Robert Fleming & Co.(UK), Jardine Fleming, and SGV and Co.