Ms Mariglo Laririt

Head of Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives

El Nido Resorts

Mariglo Laririt once held the rather unusual work title of Resort Biologist. A Biology and Zoology Instructor at the University of the Philippines for five years after graduating from the same university at age 19, Mariglo’s shift to the hospitality industry was not a radical departure from what she loved doing the most. In 1995, she joined one of the most forward-looking resort companies in the country as far as sustainable tourism was concerned. Ten Knots Development Corporation’s El Nido Resorts in Palawan, Philippines, have become the most awarded and recognized in the country, mostly owing to the environmental conservation and community engagement initiatives under Mariglo’s leadership. She now goes by the more corporate-sounding title Director of Sustainability but her strategy has remained more or less the same: create the highest possible shared value for and with the most number of people at the highest capital efficiency. Whether it be putting up an offsite Materials Recovery Facility or creating a training outreach program for school children or offering a new resort activity that involves a nearby fishing community, she has made grafting these initiatives into the company’s operations a seamless and painless process. To achieve this, she and her team have had to work with many sectors, including local government units, NGOs, community cooperatives, and the academe.  

Mariglo Rosaida Ilowa Laririt 
+63 9175093652
[email protected]


  • Masters Units, UP Open University (Environment and Natural Resource Management)
  • BS Biology, cum laude (UP Diliman 1990)
  • Philippine Science High School, 1986
  • Work History:
  • 1995 to Present – Head of Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives, El Nido Resorts
  • 1993 to 1995 – Instructor of Zoology and Biology at UP Los Banos
  • 1990 to 1992 – Instructor of Zoology and Biology at UP Manila


These awards and recognition are some of those won by El Nido Resorts under her watch as head of the company’s environment and sustainability initiatives:

  • PATA Best Branded Accommodation 2015
  • PATA Gold for Environmental Education 2015
  • Asia CEO Finalist for Green Company 2015
  • Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award, Most Inspiring Operator Finalist 2015
  • World Wildlife Fund Philippines Environmental Leadership Award 2015
  • HICAP Sustainable Tourism Destination 2014
  • World Responsible Tourism Award 2014
  • Asia’s CEO Sustainable Destination 2014
  • Tourism for Tomorrow Winner (Community Benefit) 2013
  • PATA Gold Award for Environmental Education 2011
  • Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award 2009
  • Tourism for Tomorrow Finalist (Investment  in People) 2007
  • PATA Gold Award for Education 2000

Present positions:

  • Director of Sustainability, of El NIdo Resorts
  • Technical Steering Committee Member, Capturing Coral Reef Ecosystem Services (CCRES)
  • President, Asian Conservation Foundation
  • Co-Founder and Chairman, Board of Directors of Potter’s Place School, Inc.

Speaking Engagements:

  • Coral Triangle Initiative Business Forum, Bali (2015)
  • UNWTO-ASEAN Forum, Legaspi City, Philippines (2014)
  • Global Eco Tourism Asia Pacific , Queensland  (2013)
  • DOT Ecotourism Best Practices, Manila (2013)
  • Leyte Investment Forum (2013)
  • 7th UNESCO Southeast Asia Biosphere Reserve Network (SeaBRnet), Puerto Princesa City (2013)
  • Sustainable Tourism for LGUs, LGSP-LED, Manila (2011)
  • New Thoughts & Trends:  Greengineering and Other Trends in Creating a Greener Work Environment, People Management Association of the Philippines, Cebu (2010)
  • EcoMismo, Naga, Sarangani, South Cotabato, Cebu, Bohol (2009)
  • Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Best Practices, Kuala Lumpur (2009)
  • Global Eco Tourism Conference, Melbourne (2007)

Other Affiliations:

  • Member, EcoTourism Development Fund Oversight Committee,  Municipality of El Nido, Palawan
  • Chairman, Resource Mobilization Committee, Protected Area Management Board, El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (1998 – 2004)
  • Member, Comprehensive Land Use Plan Technical Working Group, Municipality of El Nido, Palawan (2000 to 2003)

Presonal Information

  • Married to Angelo F. Laririt, mother to Patricia Danielle and Isaac Benjamin
  • 45 y.o.
  • Lives in El Nido, Palawan