Residency: Nov. 13–21, 2008
A lifelong patron of the arts, Jaime C. Laya serves as treasurer for the Opera Guild of the Philippines. He is also a champion of the renovation of historic buildings, which he discussed at his public lecture at the San Diego Museum of Art. At a private lecture for the San Diego Filipino community, he discussed the options available to young professionals in the Philippines. During his stay in San Diego, he was delighted to visit the San Diego Mission and the San Juan Capistrano Mission.
Jaime Laya graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a degree in business administration. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in financial management and an M.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was governor and chair of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of the Philippines (1981 – 1984). He is currently the chair of Philtrust Bank and treasurer for the Opera Guild of the Philippines. He has held key government positions in the Philippines, such as minister of the budget (1975 – 1981) and minister of education, culture and sports (1984 – 1986), and chair of the National Commission for Culture and Arts. He was also chair and president of the Association of Certified Public Accountants in Public Practice and of the ACPAPP Foundation Inc. He is founder and chair of Laya Mananghaya & Co.