The Partners / Mata Jumao-as Bawasanta, Consultants, Auditors, Cebu Philippines

Partner – Assurance, Audit & Advisory

Backed by 35 years of solid audit and assurance career, Arsenio Mata or “Armat” as what his friends and clients call him, is the perfect partner to head the Assurance, Audit and Advisory services of the firm. His extensive audit experience is spent as partners of various audit firms in the country such as Wangatau & Co., Lopez & Co., and Maceda Farnacio & Co. He also held various positions with internationally affiliated firms like BDO International, KPMG, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as Audit Director & Branch head, Audit Director and Audit Manager respectively.

Armat earned his certification and accreditation to practice in Papua New Guinea as an independent business and financial consultant where he had the opportunity to serve the Bank of South Pacific, the biggest bank in Papua New Guinea as a Special Projects Consultant. While in Papua New Guinea, he also worked as Managing Director for Ferbans & Company Pty. Ltd., a company engaged in trading, gas, auto repairs and restaurant chains.

Armat is actively involved in various civic and religious organizations such as the Rotary Club, the Jaycees, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), and Couples for Christ.

Armat is an avid golfer who loves to spend his weekends in the golf course with his sons. He also enjoys playing tennis and occasionally strums his guitar whenever he needs to seek solitude, serenity and peace while enjoying a cold bottle of beer.

Partner – Legal, Tax & Compliance

A practicing CPA for 2 decades and a practicing litigation lawyer for 9 years, Ely is the epitome of a professional who firmly believes that good preparation is winning half the battle. This CPA-Lawyer graduated top of his March 1992 Accountancy class where he graduated as a Summa Cum Laude  at the University of San Carlos. Ely was one of the successful examinees who garnered one of the top 20 places in the CPA board exam . Ely was admitted as a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines after passing the Bar exam in the year 2003. He is currently a practicing trial lawyer at Senining Law Office.

Ely was also a faculty member at the University of San Carlos where he taught various classes in Accounting, Business Law, Taxation and CPA review subjects.

Aside from his professional practice, he was the Resident Manager of Sky Internet Cebu. Ely then left the corporate world to pursue his profession but being the entrepreneur that he is, he managed to form businesses engaged in real estate development and overseas employment placement.

Ely is actively involved in various civic and religious organizations such as the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), and Couples for Christ. On weekends however, Ely would prefer to spend his time with his wife and children at home watching TV or wrestling with his little kids.

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Partner – IT & Special Engagements

With over 18 years of experience in the IT, BPO, contact center, telecommunications and consulting industries, Darwin is the ideal choice to head the IT & Special Engagements Division of the firm. His vast experience includes designing IT infrastructure, establishing and implementing various organizational systems, and overseeing multiple points-of-presence. He has taken lead roles in startup companies, and he also played vital roles in company mergers and acquisitions and organizational re-engineering throughout his career. Having been a network security manager, he has established relationships with government and legislative authorities through his work on computer crimes and fraud cases.

Darwin is currently the Chief Information Officer and the General Manager of a call center company operating in Mandaue City. He is also the founder and CEO of a cloud based, Software-as-a-Service technology company. He served as consultant for various companies prior to founding MJB + Associates.

Darwin is a holder of a degree in Computer Science, Masters in Business Administration, and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He is currently completing his CMC® certification requirements with the Institute of Management Consultants, Philippine Chapter.

Outside of work, Darwin is a PADI Open Water and Specialty Instructor and has been an avid diver since year 2000. He is very passionate about photography, and he is currently working on combining these two hobbies as he teaches the awe-inspiring world of digital underwater photography in a PADI specialty course.