Founded in 1851, Bank of the Philippine Islands is the first bank in the Philippines and in the Southeast Asian region. BPI is a universal bank and together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, it offers a wide range of financial products and solutions that serve both retail and corporate clients.
BPI's services include consumer banking and lending, asset management, payments, insurance, securities brokerage and distribution, foreign exchange, leasing, and corporate and investment banking. The bank has a network of over 800 branches in the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Europe, and close to 3,000 ATMs and CAMs (cash accept machines).
The establishment of BPI, originally known as El Banco Español Filipino de Isabel II, ushered in the start of the Philippine banking and finance industry. The bank back then performed many functions—from providing credit to the National Treasury to printing and issuing currency—making it in effect, the country's first Central Bank. Today, BPI proudly carries on this tradition, financing many private and public sector initiatives and enterprises in support of economic growth and nation building.
BPI is acknowledged as a leading provider of financial services in the Philippines.