Founding President

Diwata-Women in Resource Development, Philippines

Patricia A. O. Bunye is a Senior Partner of Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia and is its Deputy Managing Partner for Administration.  

She heads the firm’s Mining & Natural Resources Department and the Energy practice group.  In her Mining & Natural Resources practice, she is recognized among the foremost mining lawyers in the Philippines.  She is the Founding President of Diwata-Women in Resource Development, Inc., a non-government organization advocating the responsible development of the Philippines’ wealth in resources, principally, through industries such as mining, oil and gas, quarrying, and other mineral resources from the earth for processing.

She is an active member of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines’ Legal Committee, a regular speaker in the Mining 101 course of the University of the Philippines lecture series and columnist of Philippine Resources Journal. 

She is also the President of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) [2016-2017], an organization advancing the business of intellectual property globally.