Philtrust Bank

Philippine Trust Company
Traded as PSE: PTC
Industry Finance and Insurance
Founded 1916 (1916)
Headquarters Manila, Philippines
Key people
Jaime C. Laya, Chairman
Antonio H. Ozaeta, President
Products Financial services
₱764.6 million (Increase9%) (2006)
Number of employees

Philtrust Bank, formally known as the Philippine Trust Company is one of the oldest private universal banks in the Philippines. Founded on October 16, 1916, its history parallels the growth of the Philippine banking system.[1] It is the third bank to be established in the Philippines, after Bank of the Philippine Islands and Philippine National Bank. The bank is one of the businesses owned by Chinese-Filipino businessman, Emilio Yap.[2]

As of December 16, 2010, Philtrust Bank has a total market capitalization of P40.6 billion and share price of P70.00.

As of March 31, 2012, it has Total Assets of R103.767 Billion, Total Deposits of R87.628 Billion, Total Net Worth of R15.431 Billion, Total Paid-Up Capital of R10 Billion with Authorized Capital Stock of R22 Billion.[3] To date, Philtrust Bank has a total of 40 branches in Metro Manila and 21 provincial branches.


A 2016 stamp dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Philtrust Bank

Philtrust Bank was established in 1916 as the first bank to engage in trust business, still non-existent in the early 1900s despite the increasing demand for estate administration and guardianship services. The bank started with just one million authorized capital stocks, half of which was paid up.

Even the Office of the United States Veterans Administration, then known as the Veterans Bureau, engaged Philippine Trust Company to handle guardianship of deceased Veteran's children. Among the customers of Philtrust Bank was Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

After World War Two, the government, through the Rehabilitation Finance Corporation infused fresh capital. The bank’s authorized capital stock was increased to P3 million, of which, P2 million was paid-up between existing shareholders and the RFC.

The bank’s resources continued to grow and by 1966, 50 years after its founding, it had a total resources of P119.5 million.

In 1978, several parties expressed interest in acquiring controlling interest and approached the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila (RCAM), the principal stockholder of Philtrust Bank then. The late Jaime Cardinal Sin eventually decided to sell the stake to Emilio T. Yap because he believed that Yap “could maintain the trust and confidence of the Bank’s clients and would contribute greatly to the growth, stability and success of the Bank.”

On October 17, 1978, Yap took over Philtrust Bank and in 1988, Philtrust bank was listed in the Makati Stock Exchange and Manila Stock Exchange.

In 2007, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas granted universal banking license to Philtrust Bank. The Philippines’ Security and Exchange Commission also approved the registration of the Bank's Amended Articles of Incorporation, with powers among others, to engage in the business of expanded commercial banking as a universal bank, to carry on the business of a trust company, exercise the powers of investment houses as provided in pertinent laws and the power and authority to invest in the equity of allied and non-allied corporations, business or undertakings, and to perform such other acts and functions as may be permitted by law.

In 2006, Yap, through Philtrust Bank, announced the acquisition of the 58% share of Philippine Bank of Communications owned by the Chung and Nubla families, for P3 billion or P30 per share. The bid was higher than Lucio Tan’s P20 per share offer. However, in 2009, Yap withdrew its bid saying the officers of Philtrust Bank are no longer interested in acquiring PBCom.[4][5]


Binondo, Manila

Departing from neoclassical style was the Art Nouveau Mariano Uy Chaco Building, now the Philtrust Building, designed by Samuel E. Rowell in 1914. The building was the headquarters of Uy Chaco and Sons, a hardware firm that imported and distributed American products locally. The six-storey structure, located at the northwestern corner of the former Plaza Cervantes, featured undulating balconies with elaborate wrought iron grilles set into its apex. Such organic patterns, shown in the ironworks and fluid curves exhibited in the balconies were the essential characteristics of the Art Nouveau style. The building possessed articulated bays totalling to eight; each consisted of an arch on the first floor and a slightly projecting, curved balcony on the third, fourth and fifth floors. The facade was broken at the sixth floor by an open circulation space accented by alternating narrow and wide, oval-shaped frames.[6]

There is an ornamental, projecting turret crowned by a ribbed, eight-sided, bell-shaped cupola surfaced by iron tiles made to appear like shingles on the corner facing Plaza Cervantes. The turret doubled as a clock tower, with a series of clocks surrounding the circumference of the cupola’s base. The oldest-looking portion of the building’s facade was the first floor, as it evoked a Neo-Renaissance character with its stylized rusticated bands and stepped arches with false keystones.[6]

Facade, Santa Cruz, Manila building

Operations and Services

Its principal activities remain in commercial and investment banking services. Philtrust offers domestic, international and trust services.[7]

Its domestic services offered are: savings, checking and time deposits, money market placements, business loans, remittances, transfer of funds and collections, safety deposit services and securities investments.

International transactions include: traveler's cheque, foreign exchange, Foreign Currency Deposit Unit transactions, commercial letters of credit, international remittances and collections.

They also provide trust operations and investment management: trust placement, investment management, estate administration / trustee of bond issues escrow services, administration of savings, insurance and pension plans, stock registry and transfer agent services.


See also


  1. 2007 September 17 archive of the PhilTrust Profile in the "BancNet Archive"
  2. Asian Thought & Society – Volume 11 1986 Page 52 "Emilio Yap, who owns Philippine President Lines and has considerable shares in Philtrust Bank and other equities.".
  3. "Philtrust Bank Opens New Branches". Manila Bulletin. 2012. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  4. "Emilio Yap outdraws Lucio Tan". Business. November 11, 2006.
  5. "Yap's Philtrust drops bid for PBCom". Business. May 27, 2009.
  6. 1 2 Lico, Gerard (2008). Arkitekturang Filipino: A History of Architecture and Urbanism in the Philippines. Quezon City: The University of the Philippines Press. pp. 304–305. ISBN 978-971-542-579-7.
  7. "Philtrust Bank – Company Profile Snapshot". Wright Reports, The Winthrop Corporation. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
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