This is the Web version of the curriculum vitae of Lyman A. Manzanares, Esq. Member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (Makati City Chapter) and the Philippine Bar Association (PBA). Belongs to the U.P. College of Law Class of 2004 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2005.

Briefly studied B.S. Electrical Engineering from 1994 to 1997 before finishing with a degree in B.A. English Studies: Language in 1999. Passed the U.P. LAE (Law Aptitude Examinations) for three consecutive years in 1999, 2000, and 2001.

Member of the U.P. ROTC Cadet Officers Corps from 1994 to 1997. Member of the U.P. Beta Sigma Fraternity, elected Herald for three consecutive terms and was the founding vice chairperson of the U.P. Inter-Fraternity League. Founding member of U.P. Lingua Franca.


Cofounder, Manzanares Partners, A General Professional Partnership (GPP). Managing Partner, 2010—2018. The GPP has handled criminal, civil, commercial and labor cases and special proceedings.

The GPP’s specialized work include unsolicited proposals for Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and advisory roles in Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) projects and international supply agreements.

The GPP has been involved in receivership, liquidation and rehabilitation matters, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, takeovers and equity buyouts for international private equity firms and domestic acquirers.

With its startup roots, the GPP has facilitated technology venture partnerships and agreements.

The GPP has counseled real estate developers, contractors, and property investors on commercial contracts, loan arrangements, land conversion, agrarian valuation, land titles and deeds, corporate structures, police and security, regulatory compliance, and government relations.

The GPP has been advisor to domestic and foreign investors in renewable energy projects, mining permits, and the importation and export of commodities, oil, coal and nickel ore, as well as the registration of corporations in the Philippines and other jurisdictions.

From its founding, the GPP has proudly run a parallel Co-operative and Social Enterprise Practice to live up to its mission: ‘We Help Co-operatives Cooperate.’

The office is the first (if not the only) law partnership authorised to register .coop domain names by the DotCooperation LLC (Washington, D.C.) and use the Cooperative Marque.


Cofounder, The Co-operative Exchange (TCX), stealth mode.

Cofounder, The Co-operative Register (TCR), stealth.

Cofounder, The Co-operative Knowledgebase (TCK), stealth.

Cofounder, The New Co-operator (TNC), stealth.

Cofounder of two primary cooperatives in the process of registration and based in Cebu City.

Founding Secretary, Cooperative Health Management Federation (federation).

Secretary, 1 Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines Life and General Insurance (federation).

Briefly advised CLIMBS Life and General Insurance Cooperative (federation), Vincentian Family Multi-purpose Cooperative (primary), San Dionisio Credit Cooperative (primary) and other primary cooperatives.

Member, First Community Cooperative (FICCO).

Member, REI (US). Member, Cooperatives UK. Member, The Co-op (Australia). Member, Bank of the Commons. Member, Resonate.

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Co-Lead, joint venture projects on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT), Near-Field Communication (NFC) and Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies, stealth.

Cofounder, Domain Name Register, Inc.

Cofounder, ABC.Systems, Inc., defunct.

Board of Global Advisors, Startup Stock Exchange (St. Maarten), defunct.


Founding Chairman and Trustee, Binhi ng Pag-Ibig, Inc., a non-profit running the halfway house ‘Shelter of Hope’ (Silungan ng Pag-Asa) for children stricken with cancer and referred from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Santos Ventura Hocorma Foundation, Inc., a non-profit established in 1979 that gives scholarships for technical, vocational and musically-inclined in-need students.

Cofounder, Project 110813, Inc., a non-profit founded in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda.

Cofounder, ABC Social Ventures, ‘The Poor Helping the Poor,’ defunct.

Cofounder, ReadingHut.

Cofounder, Pillows for People.


Special Assistant to the Secretary, Department of Finance. Special Counsel to the Commissioner, Insurance Commission. Legal Consultant to the Presidential Assistant for Subic-Clark Area Development.


Manchester United fan since 1994. 1 of 20,000+ who helped save a football club, “the club who taught Michu, Santi and Mata how to play.” Runs 10+ of 75M WPCMS sites worldwide, which are 30% of the world’s websites (source: 1 of 50,000 who has Elon Musk’s Boring hat. No, I don’t have The Boring Company (Not A) Flamethrower. And I sure as hell wish I have a Tesla, but I don’t.


The first to unlock this will get my (only) extra copy of ‘Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Is Changing the World, Update Edition,’ Tapscott, Don & Tapscott, Alex (2018).

Yep, of course you have to know crypto, why would you think otherwise (wink, wink)?!