Goldmine Farm to Market CEO Inspires AIMS Alumni with Remarkable Journey

The Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS) was filled with pride and inspiration on March 2, 2024, as one of its distinguished alumni, first ever graduate of BS in Customs Administration in 1997, and a board passer of the Customs Licensure Examination administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in the same year, Orlando Manuntag, returned to his alma mater as a guest inspirational speaker during the Grand Alumni Homecoming. The event, themed “AIMSIANS: Navigating with Resiliency and Excellence Setting Legacy of a Bonded and Solidified Leaders of the Future,” provided the perfect platform for Manuntag to share his remarkable journey from humble beginnings to becoming the CEO of Goldmine Farm to Market.




Manuntag’s journey traces back to 1998 when he began his entrepreneurial endeavors in the bustling market of Baclaran as a simple rice retailer. Armed with determination and a vision to provide high-quality rice to wholesalers, retailers, and industrial food processors across the National Capital Region, as well as regions of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, his enterprise embarked on a path of growth and success.

What started as a modest retail operation soon evolved into a significant player in the rice marketing and distribution sector, thanks to Manuntag’s unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation. Through his leadership, Goldmine Farm to Market has not only thrived but has also set new standards for sustainable business practices in the industry.
During his inspiring address at AIMS, Manuntag reflected on the challenges he faced along his journey and the valuable lessons he learned. He emphasized the importance of resilience, determination, and a strong sense of purpose in overcoming obstacles and achieving success. His story served as a source of motivation for the alumni present, encouraging them to pursue their dreams with passion and perseverance.

In recognition of his profound contribution to sustainable business leadership, Manuntag was honored by AIMS for his exemplary achievements. His success not only reflects positively on himself but also brings pride and honor to the institution that played a crucial role in shaping his academic and professional foundation.



As AIMS continues to nurture future leaders in various industries, Manuntag’s story serves as a shining example of the transformative power of education, determination, and a commitment to excellence. His journey from a humble rice retailer to the CEO of a successful enterprise is a testament to the limitless potential that lies within each individual, waiting to be unleashed with dedication and hard work.
In closing, Manuntag expressed his gratitude to AIMS for providing him with the knowledge and skills that have propelled him to success. He encouraged fellow alumni to stay connected and continue to support each other in their personal and professional endeavors, thus strengthening the bond of solidarity within the AIMS community.

Orlando Manuntag’s visit to AIMS not only inspired the alumni but also reaffirmed the institution’s commitment to nurturing future leaders who will navigate the complexities of the business world with resiliency, excellence, and a sense of purpose. His journey serves as a beacon of hope for aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders, reminding them that with determination and perseverance, anything is possible.


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