I am glad that I have found such a simple biography which is supposed to be for children. Somehow I can read little information on how John Gokongwei Jr. succeeded in life . I still can’t afford to buy his officially thick biography; its price can break both of my pockets.
John Gokongwei Jr. is the owner of Robinsons Malls , one of the largest shopping malls and retail operators in the Philippines. He is called the Big John because he owns many kinds of businesses. He is the owner of Cebu Pacific Airlines, Yes! Magazine, the popular Filipino snacks such as Chippy, Cloud 9, Curls, and even of the beverages like C2 Tea and Great Taste Coffee. In fact, he is always included on the list of richest men in the world by Forbes Magazine , ranking behind Henry Sy, Lucio Tan, Enrique Razon, and Andrew Tan, another influential business tycoons in the Philippines .*
Despite that it is not a thick children book, it somehow tells some important timelines for how he began as a poor child and persevered in getting along in life. Originally, he was not born as poor as a church mouse . He grew up in a big house with a fountain and a personal nanny as described in the story . It just so happened that his father had kicked the bucket and eventually lost his business. To pay the big debt his father had owed, his mother had to sell the house along with the fountain. To help his mother, at young age, he was an entrepreneur for different kinds of products which he could sell from Cebu, where he grew up, to Manila. And most importantly, the book tells how Gokongwei Jr. showed determination and willingness to work and save money, an attitude which his brothers and sister adapted. In the end, his siblings and he all worked together until they had reached the acme of their prosperity. Therefore, this book was written to teach children how to be diligent in order to become rich. ^^
John Gokongwei Jr. is now 89 years old. He has now 42 Robinsons Malls branches nationwide. He is now immortal, notably for the urban legend that one of his malls is said to have a twin anthropomorphic serpent brought up on the ground floor of a branch somewhere in Manila. The twin is said to be fed with a beautiful woman. Until now this legend has still been a mystery. Pooh-bah!
Rating: 3/ 5 stars ( I liked it. )
*Retrieved from : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gokongwei