WHO WE ARE

FIRST METRO SECURITIES BROKERAGE COPORATION is a stockbrokerage house licensed to trade in the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Established in 1994, we have been a trusted provider of equity brokering services and solutions to individuals, public and private corporations and other financial institutions for over 20 years

Our strong expertise in the stock market is backed by the strength and stability of FIRST METRO INVESTMENT CORPORATION, the leading investment bank in the country, and the METROBANK GROUP, one the Philippines' largest financial conglomerate. 

We provide our clients with easy and convenient access to the listed securities in the stock market, either thru our state-of-the-art online trading platforms or with the assistance of our seasoned and knowledgeable equity brokers. 

Our strategic alliances with highly regarded local and international economic and market research providers give our clients access to superior and reliable economic and market information, analysis and recommendation.

We are the market maker and one of the authorized participants of the country’s first and only Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF), the FIRST METRO PHILIPPINE EQUITY EXCHANGE TRADED FUND (FMETF), which tracks the performance of the PSE Index. 

FIRST METRO INVESTMENT CORPORATION

FIRST METRO INVESTMENT CORPORATION is the investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group. 

With over 50 years of service in the development of the country’s capital markets, First Metro Investment solves its clients’ greatest challenges and meet their most pressing needs. Armed with an in-depth understanding of the domestic capital markets and formidable distribution capabilities, First Metro Investment delivers best-in-class investment banking and financial related services to a diverse client base that includes public and private corporations, other financial institutions, high net-worth individuals and the public sector. 

First Metro Investment and its subsidiaries offer a wide range of services, from debt and equity underwriting, loan syndication, project finance, financial advisory, securitization, investment advisory, government securities and corporate debt trading, equity brokering, asset management, online trading, fund management and research.

First Metro Investment asserts its dominant position in the industry as it continues to take the lion’s share in all transactions in the domestic capital market.

METROPOLITAN BANK AND TRUST COMPANY

METROPOLITAN BANK AND TRUST COMPANY is a leading financial conglomerate with diversified business portfolio including: investment banking, thrift banking, leasing and financing, bancassurance, and credit cards.  It offers full range banking and other financial products and services, including corporate, commercial and consumer banking, as well as credit card, remittances, leasing, investment banking and trust banking.

Founded in 1962, Metrobank has since become the premier universal bank and among the foremost financial institutions in the Philippines. It has maintained leadership position in various market segments with better client coverage and accessibility.  Metrobank currently spans a consolidated network of over 1,950 ATMs nationwide; over 860 domestic branches; and 31 foreign branches, subsidiaries, and representative offices.

Metrobank’s success lies in its strong franchise and the synergy of the Group. This has been instrumental in promoting our cross-selling efforts and deepening client relationship. 


RISK RATING

Metrobank was upgraded to Investment Grade status by Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) in 2013.  The Bank Financial Strength Rating (BFSR) was upgraded to Baa3. The credit rating upgrade is viewed as an affirmation and recognition that Metrobank has taken the right strategic path to sustainable growth. This upgrade sets Metrobank at par with the Republic of the Philippines and demonstrates the strength of the Metrobank franchise in the country and reflects its strong correlation to the domestic economy.

At FirstMetroSec, we strive to provide our clients with easy and convenient access to the listed securities in the PSE, coupled with timely and accurate market research, as well as investor education programs. By fulfilling this mission, we hope to provide equal investment opportunities for all Filipinos.

Our office is located at the 18th floor PSBank Center, 777 Paseo de Roxas Ave. corner Sedeño St., Makati City 1226.

Contact Us

Email address: customerservice@firstmetrosec.com.ph
Telephone no: (02) 859-0600
Fax no: (02) 859-0699

WHY US?

We consider the following as our strengths:

AMONG THE MOST EXPERIENCED
Established in 1994, we have been providing expert and professional brokering services and solutions for over 20 years to more than 18,000 retail and institutional customers, both foreign and local. Over the years, we have grown to become one of the largest stockbrokerage houses in the Philippines, ranked 16th out of 135 active trading participants in the PSE in terms of value turnover in 2014. Our experience and size allows us to secure better deals for our clients.

WITH STRATEGIC RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP WITH LEADING PROVIDERS
We have strategic research partnerships with DBS Vickers Securities Pte Ltd, University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), and Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings Inc.   DBS Vickers is a leading securities and derivatives brokerage firm in Asia, UA&P is one of the top universities in the country with a reputation for highly relevant economic research, and Tokai Tokyo is a Japan-based securities company with a global network linking financial markets in Asia, Europe and the United States. Our strategic alliances enable us to provide our clients with superior and reliable stock research reports and recommendations to help them make wise and profitable investment decisions.

CONVENIENT ONLINE OR BROKER-ASSISTED TRADING
We provide our clients with easy and convenient access to the listed securities in the PSE, either thru our online trading platforms or with the assistance of our experienced brokers.   For those who want to make their own investment decisions, our online trading platforms offer state-of-the-art investment functionalities such as in-depth research analysis, automated charting capabilities, chart pattern recognition and Android and Apple mobile applications. For those who prefer broker assistance, our seasoned brokers provide personalized and expert advice on how to best achieve trading goals.  

AWARD WINNING STANDARDS OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
The company has been consistently recognized by the PSE for upholding high standards of corporate governance and for committing to the principles and best practices of governance.  The company was hailed among the 3 Best Large Trading Firms at the 2014 PSE Bell Awards.  Our clients are therefore confident that we conduct our business with the highest level of integrity, accountability, transparency, and professionalism.

TAKING THE LEAD IN PROVIDING INNOVATIVE INVESTMENT SOLUTIONS
The First Metro Group is constantly seeking new ways to provide greater value to our customers and meet their ever-changing needs.  Launching the country’s first Online Trading App for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices and listing the first ETF in the Philippines - the First Metro Philippine Equity Exchange-Traded Fund, Inc. - are examples of FMIC’s recent market-leading innovations. 

MARKET MAKER FOR COUNTRYS FIRST AND ONLY EXCHANGE TRADED FUND (ETF)
We are the market maker and one of the authorized participants of the country’s first and only ETF – the First Metro Philippine Equity Exchange Traded Fund (FMETF).  FMETF tracks the performance of the PSE Index.  It is listed in the PSE and is traded like any other equity.  By investing in FMETF, investors and fund managers can cost effectively and efficiently gain access to the 30 PSE Index companies without the burden of investing in each of the constituent stocks.  As market maker, FirstMetroSec assures users that they will be able to buy or sell their shares on demand.

BACKED BY THE STRENGTH AND CAPABILITIES OF FMIC AND METROBANK
We are backed by the strength and stability of our parent company, First Metro Investment Corporation (FMIC), the leading investment bank in the country.  FMIC is the investment arm of the Metrobank Group, one of the country’s largest financial conglomerates.  Through our affiliation with FMIC and Metrobank, we are able to offer our clients with comprehensive investment and financial solutions to meet their needs.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


RABBONI FRANCIS B. ARJONILLO
Chairman
  • Over 30 years of extensive international and local banking experience
  • President and Director of First Metro Investment Corporation
  • Former Head of Treasury and Investment Banking Sector of Land Bank of the Philippines
  • Former Consumer Bank Treasurer in Citibank Australia
  • Former Country Treasurer in Citibank Vietnam
  • Former President and Director of the Money Market Association of the Philippines
  • MBM, Asian Institute of Management
  • Founding Chairman of Vietnam Bond Market Association
  • AB Economics Degree, De La Salle University

ROBERT T. YU
Vice Chairman
  • Over 30 years of experience in the field of banking and various industrial corporations
  • Director and Vice Chairman of Charter Ping An Insurance Corporation
  • Executive Director of PG Progress Marketing Corporation
  • Director, Vice Chairman and Former President of First Metro Securities
  • BS Commerce, University of the East

GONZALO G. ORDOÑEZ
President / Director / Nominee
  • Over 15 years of management experience in investment trading, risk management, and market analysis
  • Former Chief Operating Officer of First Metro Securities
  • Oversaw operations and expansion of First Metro Securities as an institutional and online stockbrokerage house
  • BS Management, Ateneo de Manila University

PHILIP G. SOLIVEN
Independent Director
  • Over 20 years of experience in financial investments, risk management and corporate governance
  • President of Cargill Philippines and Regional Treasurer of Cargill Asia Pacific
  • BS Management, Ateneo de Manila University

DR. VICTOR A. ABOLA
Independent Director
  • Associate Professor and Program Director, School of Economics University of Asia and the Pacific
  • Trustee and Corporate Secretary, Research Education and Institutional Development (REID) Foundation, Inc
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Development Management, University of Asia and the Pacific

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS and ASSOCIATED PERSONS


MHELVIN F. ABAJON
Vice President
Head of Institutional Sales
Licensed Salesman

CHRISTINE U. CHAN
Assistant Vice President
Head of Online Sales
Licensed Salesman

REUBEN MARK A. ANGELES
Assistant Vice President
Head of Equity Research

ATTY. NIMFA B. PASTRANA
Corporate Secretary

MARIE ARABELLA D. VERON
Treasurer

JONATHAN T. TABAC
Associated Person / Compliance Officer

MA. THERESA I. ABRAHAM
Associated Person / Compliance Officer

LICENSED REPRESENTATIVES


JERVIS C. TINIMBANG
Head of Institutional Sales

BRUCE RICARDO O. LOPEZ
Institutional Equities Sales Dealer

FEDERICO MANUEL R. LOCSIN IV
Institutional Dealer

MICHAEL M. LICHAUCO
Equity Sales Officer

ALBERT S. UY
Equity Sales Officer

JOHN ANTHONY M. BORGA
Equity Sales Officer

ROBERTO MARCO N. SAMSON
Equity Sales Associate

AYRA KATRINA S. TINIMBANG
Customer Support Associate

JOHN GILBERT S. BERNARDO
Customer Support Associate