Our Story


Vanessa Tanco
President and CEO

Vanessa holds a Bachelor's degree in Legal Management from the Ateneo De Manila University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. In 2007 she entered in iACADEMY as head of the Marketing department and doubled the enrolment for that year. Since then she has been at the forefront of expanding the college by offering new courses under the School of Design and steered iACADEMY’s partnership with Project Runway Philippines, WACOM and IBM, as well as having the college awarded as an IBM Center of Excellence. She also led the creation of iACADEMY School of Continuing Education. Vanessa is currently the President and CEO of iACADEMY and vows to make iACADEMY the top design and technology school in Asia.

Raquel Perez-Wong
Chief Operating Officer

Raquel is a Public Administration graduate from the University of the Philippines. She obtained her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Catholic University of Korea. She began working in the Senate in 2009 under the Office of Senator Edgardo J. Angara where she headed Media Relations and Operations, which provided her rich experience in managing and promoting the Senator’s advocacies, projects, initiatives and legislative plans. In 2014 Raquel joined iACADEMY and became Vice President for Corporate Communications. She spearheaded milestone events for the school such as the first student exhibition in Rockwell, 24 hour gaming and development competition - Battle League, Creative Camp, TEDx and the 15th year anniversary program. Raquel is now iACADEMY's Chief Operating Officer.

Ginny L. Santiago, CPA
Chief Academic Officer

Ginny obtained her Bachelor and Doctorate degree from the De La Salle University and her Master's degree from the Asian Institute of Management. She held various administrative and teaching positions in both schools and has been recognized locally and internationally for her research and publications. She had served as a consultant for several educational institutions and had been invited to train public and private school administrators in the fields of financial management and human resource management. Ginny now serves as iACADEMY's Chief Academic Officer.

Mitch Andaya
VP for Institutional Planning and Accreditation, Dean Emeritus, Dean of School of Computing

Mitch began his work in the education industry as an instructor in the Electronics and Communications Engineering Department of the De La Salle University in 1985 and became the Dean of the College of Computer Studies in 1991. He has also been an integral part of various prestigious colleges around the Metro – Asia Pacific College, FEU-East Asia College, and STI. In 2013, he became the dean of The School of Computing at iACADEMY and now serves as iACADEMY’s Dean Emeritus.

Cyril Cunanan
Vice President for Finance

Cyril is an alumnus of Don Bosco Technical Institute of Makati and Colegio de San Juan de Letran where he took up Accountancy and graduated with honors. He was also cited as a pre-board topnotcher by the CPAR Review School of the Philippines. Cyril is a Certified Public Accountant and served as the Finance and Administrative Head for Global Resource for Outsourced Workers, Inc. from 2003 to 2009 and spent six years as the Assistant Vice President for one of the biggest educational institutions for computer studies in the country. Bringing with him years of experience in the field of finance and business integration, Cyril joins iACADEMY as Vice President for Finance.

Francis Jacob Aragon
Senior High School Principal

Jake is a former administrator at Xavier School, where he designed student activities and learning experiences in the Philippines and in China. Having obtained his bachelor's degree in Development Economics from San Beda College - Manila and Master of Arts in Education from the Ateneo de Manila University, he has also taught graduate and undergraduate Education and Economics courses in college. Since the year 2001, he has conducted leadership, team building, creativity, and social awareness workshops for professionals and students all over the Philippines. He was previously the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Services at iACADEMY and he currently serves as the Principal for iACADEMY’s Senior High School.

Jon Cuyson
Dean of School of Design

Born and educated in the Philippines, Jon Cuyson has been exhibiting since 1998 and has participated in-group exhibitions in New York and Europe since 2004. He studied painting at the University of the Philippines in Baguio and at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2006. Jon Cuyson received a MFA from Columbia University in New York in 2010. His artistic practice employs different techniques and media intersecting art, design and cinematic language. He has shown in a number of venues, including most recently at the Motions of This Kind exhibition at the University of London, the Vargas Museum at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, the Times Museum in Guangzhou in China and the Bronx Museum in New York among others. Jon now serves as the Dean for the School of Design.