Friday, March 8, 2019


Photo shows #AnvilBusinessClub officers last night honoring the self-made, Iloilo-born business & civic leader, one-time #Iloilo mayor, engineering board topnotcher, flour mill/sugar mill/feed mill tycoon & Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) honorary president Alfonso Uy after his inspiring and very enlightening talk in Hokkien (south Fujian language) & English at the Anvil Exchange Forum dinner with members at Chardonnay by Astoria in Pasig City, #Philippines. ANVIL IDEAL OF TRUE SUCCESS: The accomplished, self-effacing & multi-lingual Alfonso Uy exemplifies the Anvil Business Club ideal of genuine success---nobility of character, integrity, humility, exceptional business prowess, combining Western & Chinese business principles, upholding traditional Confucian moral values & ethics, priceless "shinyong" (Hokkien word for "trustworthiness") and civic consciousness. CO-FOUNDER OF ANVIL: His eldest child successful businesswoman Aileen Uygongco Ongkauko is one of the 17 founders of the young Filipino Chinese entrepreneurs organization called the Anvil Business Club 28 years ago in 1991. Anvil Business Club was established with a formal ceremony hosted by then President Corazon "Cory" Cojuangco Aquino at Malacañang Palace, Manila, #Philippines. ADVERSITY STEELED HIS CHARACTER: Adversity was never a hindrance, but strengthened the character and will to succeed of Alfonso Uy. He was only four years old when his immigrant trader father died, he was raised by a noble mother. He was a working student as a travelling salesman & collector throughout the Visayas and Mindanao, was allowed to continue college due to kindness of a dean despite his too many absences but he still graduated with "magna cum laude" honors and even served as outstanding president of the student council. SOLID ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF A HUMBLE ENTREPRENEUR & RISING LEADER: He excelled as a talented, humble and honorable entrepreneur in growing businesses, was elected city councilor of Iloilo and once served as acting mayor. He succeeded in establishing numerous big enterprises contributing to Philippine industrialization, agriculture, transport & logistics modernization. BUSINESS LEADER & PHILANTHROPIST: Alfonso Uy also served as exemplary Filipino Chinese community leader and making history as the first ever non-Metro Manila businessman elected national president of the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII). He is a very generous philanthropist in donating resources, time and his wisdom to multifarious civic, cultural & community causes. ECONOMIC STATESMAN: Alfonso Uy has championed better Philippine-China relations, advocated progressive reforms and contributed to socio-economic development.

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