D&Co. is a trade and academic publishing house in Cebu City, Philippines. It was established in late 2017. However, the conceptualization of the house began three years prior.
The first-of-its-kind company in Cebu aims to produce locally made print and electronic books and professional journals that can meet with the standards of the global and international markets.
Donald Villamero is the original founder of the publishing firm. Before developing the business, he worked as an editor for two of the world’s leading publishing companies — John Wiley & Sons and Pearson.
D&Co. hopes to be the trailblazer for a trustworthy and reliable publishing industry in the Visayas region, addressing two important issues: (1) the lack of high quality educational books and materials in the Philippines, and (2) the nonexistent platform in the region for local authors to get their works published.
At D&Co., we only have one question in mind: Are our products making our readers think better?
New York Lover
Donald has over eight years of publishing experience. He worked as an editor for two of the world’s top publishing houses — John Wiley & Sons and Pearson. He ventured into Social Media Marketing for six months as a way to challenge himself and acquire new knowledge and skills. A New Yorker at heart, he will never forget the first time he set foot in Manhattan. It was surreal for him. He still may have left his heart in New York. If he can have one superpower, he would definitely like to have the ability to heal. He likes people with good manners. A simple greeting or a smile will do for him. And when you eat around him, make sure you don't create sound when you chew your food.
Tyron Vittorio Alvarico
Singing Competition Winner
Tyron worked in the advertising industry for six years. He was part of a team that handled websites owned by a law firm. He had worked for political parties during elections for more than ten years. When he was on third grade, he joined a singing competition and won. He sang “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John from the movie The Lion King. If he can have one superpower, he would like to see the future. For him, information is power. He is a very nice guy until you don’t say “thank you” or “you’re welcome”. You can’t do that to him.
Christine has always been known as a grammar Nazi among her friends, and when she realized that she could make money out of her interest, she started her editing career in 2005. Since then, she hasn’t stopped correcting other people’s works — and getting paid doing it. One experience she will never forget is packing her bags and leaving her beloved Cebu for the first time to try her luck in Manila. It turned out to be an excellent decision as her experience allowed her to develop from an unsure woman to a still-unsure-but-slowly-gaining-confidence woman. If she could have one superpower, it would be telekinesis so she could do her household chores without lifting a finger. Her most embarrassing moment involves a poop story that she’d rather not reveal. She hates people who use the word “literally” to mean the opposite (Oh yeah, you “literally” died? Why are you still standing?).