Faculty – Rocel Valeroso-Leoncio

Rocel Valeroso-Leoncio an ITMA Certified Tea Master completed her training from the International Tea Masters Association in 2014. Rocel is a senior human resource executive by profession and has more than 20 years of experience gained from different companies in the Philippines. She has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and recently completed the Advanced Strategic HR Management Program from Cornell University.

Though coming from a different discipline, she pursued the ITMA Tea Mastery Certification Course after getting fascinated by a blooming tea. What started out as a casual get-together with her sister and friends in their favorite tea place in Los Angeles, California, eventually led to a discovery of a new passion for her. Then, her experience of tea was limited to drinking herbal tisanes, green tea and Chinese black tea. Though she has always appreciated tea for its health benefits, she never really expected that she would one day get pure enjoyment from learning its history and varied tastes. From the initial curiosity stirred by the delightful experience of watching a blooming tea, her tea journey is one that is unfurling slowly with grace.

As she makes time to learn more by sharing her passion and newfound love for tea, she gets excited thinking that there is another legend, a romantic story or a little piece of history for her and her tea. More than this though, her tea journey is about its delightful taste and extraordinary health benefits

Rocel is currently setting up her own tea business to share her love for tea and build a strong appreciation for it in her country, the Philippines.