Manuel M. Cojuangco is President and CEO of Jewelmer lnc., the Philippines’ largest producer of South Sea pearls and one of the worlds leading designers and suppliers of these highly sought after gems of the sea. Upon his graduation from AIM in 1973 Mr. Cojuangco had a vision for producing high quality South Sea pearls and started the business from scratch in a remote island in Palawan, Philippines. Over the past 3S years, he mastered the challenges of growing and managing the business in a hostile environment. His story is an inspiring tale of entrepreneurship in its purest form, how a dream is transformed into a sustainable enterprise in a global market.