The Son Rises: Lance Gokongwei Aims to Build on His Father’s Successes

John Gokongwei, Jr. believes there is dignity in being hands-on with work. The founder and chairman emeritus of JG Summit Holdings, Inc. imparts this philosophy to his six children. His daughters Lisa, Faith, and Hope worked in a hot and stuffy bodega, stamping prices on canned goods. Marcia was a kitchen assistant at the Manila Midtown Hotel. Scooping ice cream and making waffle cones at a Tivoli kiosk were some of her tasks. Meanwhile, Robina was a receiving clerk at the warehouse of Robinsons Department Store.  John’s only son, Lance, also labored for his seat at the dinner table. “My first job was putting price tags on women’s bras. I guess that made me an expert on women,” Lance recalled. “Our parents never gave us cash for Christmas or our birthdays. There was no ampao to look forward to every Chinese New Year. For them, it was honorable to work. If you don’t work, you don’t eat,” he added. Read More @


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