Edgar Cansino


A retired airline industry professional, Ed Cansino was born in Manila in 1953, and spent his childhood in the sweet “City of Smiles,” Bacolod City in Negros Occidental. Ed got his education at La Salle College and after completing his studies went to work with several companies like KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Mead Johnson Phil. working in various capacities–but mostly in the sales and marketing departments.

For his marketing efforts at Mead Johnson, he was awarded as the Top Pediatric Executive in the country for 1975. He was also the youngest account executive for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines during his tenure with the company.

Reaching a dead-end in his career in marketing and sales, feeling restless and itching for adventure, Ed secured a scholarship grant in 1980 from the University of Ohio to pursue masteral studies in International Affairs. Unfortunately, due to the brutal Siberian winters of Ohio, he failed to complete his studies and retreated back to the warm and sultry climes of Southern California.

He has never regretted that decision ever since.

Back in Los Angeles, Ed worked with the legacy carriers, Continental and United Airlines and travel outfitters like Thomas Cook and American Express Travel for the next 30 years and retired from the industry in June 2017.

Currently, Ed is the First Secretary of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce Tri-County for Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties and is a founding Board of Director of the Coalition of Philippine-American Chambers of Commerce of Southern California.

In his retirement, Ed finds great pleasure in indulging his passion as a cloth and fiber artist, training and assisting Filipino artisans market their weaves for the international market.