On this day, June 3 in the year 1945, the founder of Philippine-based Rajah Broadcasting Network was born in Pasay City, Philippines. His name is Ramon Pereyra Jacinto, the son of Don Fernando Jacinto who is considered as the father of Philippine steel industry.
At the age of 15, Ramon, popularly known as RJ, was already an entrepreneur. He set up a studio which pioneered multi-track music recording. This studio also produced some of the hit songs of his band “RJ and the Riots”. At 17, he put up a radio station that would soon be known as dzRJ.
RJ finished a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Ateneo de Manila University at the age of 19. He went to work at the family-owned, then the country’s biggest steel company, Iligan Integrated Steel Mills, Inc. At the same time, he continued his studies taking up law at the University of Santo Tomas.
To escape persecution from the martial law regime of former President Ferdinand Marcos, RJ lived in exile in the United States with his family. He returned to the country in 1986 after Marcos was overthrown. He got back his radio station where he continued his love affair with music.
RJ went on to open other businesses such as a restaurant (RJ Bistro), a guitar distributor (RJ Guitars), UHF Television, Home TV Shopping, and Ventures Bank which was later sold and is now known as AMA Bank. He was also appointed as CEO and member of the board of Philcomsat Holdings Corporation – a telecommunications company. As his number of radio stations was increasing, he incorporated Rajah Broadcasting Network to manage them. Later, he became chairman of Jacinto Color Steel, a legacy of his father’s business.
With his extensive experience in business, RJ was tapped as business adviser to the administration of former President Fidel Ramos and now to the current Duterte administration. He is presently serving as Undersecretary for Operations of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.
See also: List of Famous Filipino Entrepreneurs