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John Gokongwei – Ateneo School of Management Speech, March 2002

Archian - Life, Bacolod, Architecture, Finances & DubaiSpeech delivered last March 1, 2002 during the launch of the Ateneo de Manila University John Gokongwei School of Management

John Gokongwei, Jr corporate

John Gokongwei, Jr corporate

Good morning.

I am John Gokongwei, Jr. I am not an Atenean but I feel at home with you. Today, at least.

Sixty-two years ago, I could not have dreamt of appearing before the Jesuits and their students to tell the story of MY life. I was no more than a student then, at San CarlosUniversity in Cebu , when my father died suddenly. It left me, the eldest, the responsibility of taking care of my mother and five siblings. That was tough for someone who was 13. Creditors had just seized our home and business and I had no experience with earning a living.

But here I am–not all on account of my good looks or Continue reading