ABOUT UHY M.L. AGUIRRE &CO., CPAs
UHY M.L. Aguirre & Co., CPAs offers "Total Advisory eXperience" to business enterprises and non-profit organizations, primarily banking institutions, savings & loans associations, manufacturing, gaming, real estate, retail, travel, advertising, aerospace, export-oriented, foreign-controlled & affiliated companies, NGOs, cooperatives, and service entities. This unique advisory experience is predicated on a strong sense of professionalism that is highly personalized and responsive to client's requirements. It also maximizes the client's benefit.
The Firm is strong in the SME market which comprises nearly 98% of the country's economic enterprises. Its specialization on fraud audit, tax reviews, internal control systems and cost structures in addition to its attestation function has propelled the Firm to new and greater heights, gaining for itself a foothold on the business sector of large corporate players. In every engagement, the Firm emphasizes areas for improvement that strengthen its clients' internal control and reporting systems, thus improving the client's decision-making.
Compliant with government and standards requirements, MAC has secured major accreditations from regulatory bodies such as the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Central Bank of the Philippines (BSP), Professional Regulations Commission Board of Accountancy (PRC BOA), and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), boosting its stature in public accounting practice. Strong linkages with local and foreign organizations is foreseen as one of the potent factors in achieving MAC's vision to be among the Top 10 accounting firms in the country.
M.L. AGUIRRE &CO., CPAs is a member of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company, and forms part of the international UHY network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. UHY is the brand name for the UHY international network. The services described herein are provided by the Firm and not by UHY or any other member firm of UHY. Neither UHY nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.
M.L. AGUIRRE &CO., CPAs is a member of UHY. Established in 1986 and based in London, UK, UHY is a network of independent accounting and consulting firms with offices in nearly 250 major business centres in 81 countries. Over 6,800 staff generated an aggregate income of USD 625 million in 2011, ranking UHY as the 25th largest international accounting and consultancy network. Each member of UHY is a legally separate and independent firm. The UHY network is a member of the Forum of Firms.
MICHAEL L. AGUIRRE, CPA MBA
Founder & Managing Partner, UHY M.L.AGUIRRE & CO., CPAs
Michael 'Mhike' L. Aguirre has been managing the accounting firm that bears his name since its founding in November 2006. His career in the practice of accountancy started when he joined a leading 2nd tier international accounting network in 1999. He was seconded to Grant Thornton Vietnam where he was tasked to lead audits on foreign-funded projects and NGOs with operations in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. He continued his audit practice in Manila until he went on to organize his own firm.
Mhike has performed numerous statutory and special audits on local and foreign corporations and has conducted consultancy engagements involving M&As, consolidations, receiverships and rehabilitations. He has also extensive experience in various functional areas such as fraud audits, cost accounting, automated accounting systems, and internal control reviews and assessments. Under his leadership, the firm has grown from an individual practice into a partnership that caters to multinationals as well as small and medium-sized enterprises.
Mhike was also involved in the academe as a faculty member of the University of Makati from 2009 to 2010. In late 2015, he was appointed by the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) as a member of the Quality Assurance Review Committee. As committee member, he is tasked to facilitate the introduction of Quality Assurance Review (QAR) among his fellow public practitioners in the country. He was once commissioned to head the Ethics & Governance Committee of the Association of Certified Public Accountants in Public Practice (ACPAPP) in 2016-2017.
Recently, Mhike has been active in conducting trainings and seminars particularly on the topics of his interest: digital taxation, crypto currency taxation, TRAIN Law, digital privacy act, withholding tax, international taxation, among others.
Lastly, he received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business in 2006. He just completed his International Taxation Certification Program last December 2017 at the Golden Gate University, San Francisco, USA, and a 4-units away from receiving his other field of mastery, the Masters of Science in Taxation in the same foreign institution.
Mhike's slogan for his firm - Timely Business Advice - reflects his professional attitude towards his clients and defines his personalized work ethic.
RUEL R. FACUNDO, CPA
Ruel is one of the partners in the firm. He has been in the practice of profession since 1993 where he started as audit staff and performed financial, tax, and special audit in retail, manufacturing, and service businesses. Before he was admitted as one of the partners in the firm, he was hired as an accounting manager for 9 years in a holding company.
ELISEO A. AURELLADO, CPA, MBA, PhD
Audit Director and Consultant
Ely has 40 years of accumulated experience in finance in public practice, private companies, and in the academe. He was formerly a manager in one of the big four firms and was a partner in another firm for three years. He is also involved in the academe as Cluster Chair of Finance at Ateneo Graduate School of Business and one of the members in the Board of Accountancy.
He took his doctorate in Organization Development at Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute in 2010. He also took his Master in Business Administration at University of California at Los Angeles, California in 1975. Besides his extensive educational background, he has also attended several international and local trainings.
ATTY. ALI CRISOSTOMO, CPA
Ali is a Lawyer and a Certified Public Accountant by profession. Ali is a member of Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).
He has 15+ years of experience in public accounting, tax and legal services, management advisory services and administration. He has 5+ years working in a law office handling litigations in taxation, labor, corporate, and other legal consultancy services. He has also 5 + years of experience working in Shared Services and BPO industry as Country Director.
HECTOR C. PASCUAL, CPA
Hector is an experienced auditor from one of the big four auditing firms in the Philippines and has extensive knowledge in financial audits of companies registered in economic zone areas (PEZA) that are engaged in manufacturing, subassembly, trading, information technology, manpower placement, and non-profit activities.
He was seconded to UHY Malaysia where he was tasked to co-lead and audit of a subsidiary of one of the biggest distributor and supplier of quarry machinery and equipment in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. In addition with the audit experience, he also undertook training with UHY Malaysia's technical head.
CELMAR M. VILLEGAS, CPA
Celmar, before assuming the position as Audit Manager, he was the Quality Assurance head for the firm. He also led several tax cases and tax assessment engagements and audit experience in various industries such as retail, hospital and business process outsourcing among others. He also conducts Quality Assurance review for members of Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and Accredited Professional Organization (APO) of CPAs in the Philippines.
He was seconded to UHY Malaysia where he was tasked to co-lead and audit of a subsidiary of one of the biggest distributor and supplier of quarry machinery and equipment in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. In addition with the audit experience, he also undertook training with UHY Malaysia’s technical head.
ARNEL P. ADORA, CPA
Arnel heads the tax department of the firm, a group who handles tax litigation support, tax compliance, and similar undertakings. Arnel has been with UHY for more than 4 years, including a short stint at UHY Australia.
ALIZA T. SY, CPA, CIA
Quality Assurance; Technical and Research Manager
Aliza, who had a brief study at one of the Big Four Firms, spearheads the firms Quality Assurance department and also responsible for the technical updates in tax, audit & accounting.