Manny Pangilinan’s Life Success Story


I would start featuring success stories of famous entrepreneurs and leaders to serve as inspiration to others. Today, I will feature the life story of the highest paid Philippine Chief Executive Officer Manny Pangilinan, the CEO of the most profitable company and the largest company by market value – Philippine Long Distance and Telephone Company or PLDT, the Philippine’s pioneer in telecommunications.

His life story came from his speech during the Ateneo Graduation last 2006 where he himself studied. During his speech, he narrated his own rags to riches story in three journeys from being a student to eventually becoming a corporate magnate. Let’s learn from him and be inspired.

 

Opening

Manny Pangilinan
Manny Pangilinan

This day of academic ceremony must be a day of touching, personal memories. It is also a day to pause, and give honor and praise to your parents and to the good Lord for the grace to be at this place, at this time. While all of us may be seated, we’re actually standing on their shoulders, proud and thankful. Your years in college were a journey of discovery and preparation, a discovery of yourself and the gifts bestowed upon you. You’re now about to commence a new journey, of becoming an adult, of finding your place in society, of starting a future. Today, I’d like to share with you my own journey, as I traveled from being a student, to being a professional manager and an OFW, and now, an entrepreneur and corporate activist.

First part of the journey: A Student

The first part of my journey begins with my family. My lolo (grandfather) started as a public school teacher in Pampanga and Tarlac, rising through the ranks to become superintendent of public schools and, eventually, secretary of education. My dad began his career as a messenger at Philippine National Bank, and retired as president of Traders Royal Bank, one of the larger banks in the ’80s. During my elementary years, I had ten centavos to buy a bottle of Coke, five centavos for crackers, another ten centavos to take the bus home from San Beda in Mendiola, which I made sure I wouldn’t lose, otherwise I would have walked home. In college, my weekly allowance at the Ateneo was P10, and that included my jeepney fares. I have a lot of classmates who have cars and others even have their own drivers. They were lucky. Someday, I said to myself, I will reach all those. My scholarships in both San Beda and Ateneo were only my lucky charms.

In late 1965, as my own graduation was approaching, I had come home from the Ateneo one Saturday afternoon, and spoke with my dad about taking an MBA in the States. I was met with silence, which meant there wasn’t enough money for an education abroad, that if I really wanted it, I had find a way myself. Fortunately, Procter & Gamble was offering a rare scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. It was a national competition. I entered-and won. For three generations of my family, life meant coping with challenges despite modest means, relying on God-given talent, hard work and a passionate determination to succeed.

Second part of the journey: A professional manager

Let me now turn to the second part of this journey. After two years in Philadelphia, I returned home, hopeful about landing a managerial position in a large company. I struck out at first bat. My benefactor, Procter & Gamble, turned down my application. So I ended up taking the first job I was offered, as executive assistant to the president at Phinma for P1,000 a month. Without any job experience, we can’t be choosers, right? Grab the first decent job that comes your way, immerse yourself in work, and soon, you’ll find the right job, or it will find you.

After six years with Phinma, I decided to work abroad. There were the usual reasons: the glamor of being an expat in Hong Kong, the stifling staleness of my local career but, more importantly, I needed to find myself, to prove that I can stand on my own and succeed. The warmth of family ties, the comfort of an extended family system so embedded in our society were indeed beguiling, but I wanted to assert my independence.

I was recruited by Bancom International, a Philippine investment bank based in Hong Kong. It was a stimulating experience. I learned the dynamics of international finance from my Chinese colleagues, not from the Filipino executives. Thereafter, I was seconded to a joint venture investment bank with American Express. I had expected to be appointed CEO of that new bank, but wasn’t. While disappointed and even depressed, I soldiered on and, sure enough, this venture failed inside of two years. A huge dilemma confronted a young man of 30 years: return to Manila or stay with AMEX? I decided to remain a soldier of fortune in Hong Kong. Why? Because after this setback, I wanted to prove something to myself. I felt I had to prove to AMEX the Filipino can. Indeed, after four years with AMEX, I received a phone call from my boss in London. He said, “You’ve outgrown Hong Kong and are now ready for London, and to fast track your career.” After reflection, I politely said, no. I’ve proven the point to myself and to AMEX, and that had been enough. Besides, I felt Asia is my home — and so it shall be.

Third part: An entrepreneur and corporate activist

The third, and final part, starts with First Pacific. Whilst working in the region, I met some clients – foremost being Anthoni Salim – who were willing to support my idea of a regional banking and trading business. With their help, I founded First Pacific in Hong Kong in 1981. I started out with only six people, on 50 square meters of office space, and little capital. Now, the companies that constitute First Pacific have sales of $5 billion, with more than 60,000 employees across the region. But I won’t tell you about our successes at First Pacific. Instead, I’ll describe our failures – some of which indeed became total failures, but some of which we turned around and made a success.

In 1989, we were negotiating to acquire Hanimax, maker of middle to low-end cameras based in Sydney, Australia. I took the overnight flight to Sydney from Hong Kong, confident that when I arrived the following morning, a letter from an international bank approving our financing would await me. But lo and behold, it was a letter of disapproval. So there I was in Sydney, committed to purchase Hanimax, but without enough money to complete it. Providentially, there was a competing bidder who sought to take us out of the race by offering a sum of money. That practice is called “greenmail.” Our gambit won $7 million that day when we had no cards to play. But there’s a sequel to this. Buoyed by confidence – perhaps overconfidence, even hubris – we were off to the races again, and decided quickly to buy another company. This was Tech Pacific, Australia’s largest distributor of computer products. It was indeed a large company with sales in excess of a billion dollars! Well, it was a disaster. It took us three years, and enormous pain and effort, to turn its fortunes around. I fell sick from stress and anxiety and, on several occasions, contemplated resigning. But we stood to our tackle and, after those three years, Tech Pacific is now Asia’s largest distributor of computer products.

In 1998, I came home, after 22 years abroad – after what father (Roque) Ferriols often calls “the days of wasted youth.” When we invested in PLDT seven years ago, we faced the massive task of repair and renewal. Critics told us that we couldn’t change the culture of monopoly, that misdemeanors in PLDT couldn’t be eradicated, that our fixed line business had no future. But we made the tough and unpopular decisions at PLDT. Like reducing the number of employees from 14,000 to 9,000. Like changing dubious practices and encouraging honesty and transparency. Like converting the mindset of bureaucrats to that of innovators and entrepreneurs. Decisions about people are always difficult for us because First Pacific is an Asian company with Asian values. But head count reduction was critical for PLDT to survive.

Now that PLDT has recovered, and is now the most profitable company in the country, my confidence in the Filipino’s ability to succeed has been absolutely affirmed. In fact, despite the downsizing I mentioned earlier, we now have more people under our wings – about 19,000 – simply because PLDT is now a different company. And to most of you who might be familiar with Piltel or Talk N’ Text – it was a company in extremis. I’ve had to tell creditor banks that Piltel could not pay its debts – the first time I’ve done that in my life. My officemates told me to close Piltel. I didn’t agree. I believed that the cellular frequency it owns, as well as its brand, are potentially valuable, as they have become today. Also, I did not want to imperil the financial health of local banks to which Piltel owed much.

After five years of rehab, Piltel’s return to profitability has been close to supernatural. It is now the country’s most profitable company – after PLDT and Smart. Finally, some of you have raised with me the question – is business bad? Let me respond by saying, business is not all bad. It is people – some people at least – that may make business bad. No business can prosper in the long term without the right values. The best performing companies are those that manage their businesses which meet ethical standards. Transparency, accountability, integrity, discipline – all these good governance principles – must permeate every policy, every process, of the company, as they do at First Pacific and PLDT.

Closing:

Thefore I close, I’d like to make a personal request. I’d like to ask each of you a favor. Give me bragging rights. Do something great. Sometime in the future, I want to hear some incredible thing you’ve done. And I’d like to brag that I spoke at your graduation. In return, I offer you a few more pieces of advice. Keep it real. Stay true to what’s best in yourself, to the best of your experience here at the Ateneo. Trust your instincts. Believe in yourself. Engage in sports, you’ll need it as you age. Make art, or at least, value it. Be brave. Be bold. Find something that moves you or pisses you off, but do something about it. You have a voice, speak up.
Take a stand for what’s right. Make a change. You may not always be popular, but you’ll be part of something larger and greater than yourself. Besides, making history is cool, isn’t it? But I also want to offer a warning: you will meet people who’ll entice you to compromise your principles. They’ll try to seduce you and distract you with money, power, security and perhaps, most dangerously, a sense of belonging. Don’t let them; it’s not worth it.
You can have genuine values and still get that job. You can have a conscience and still make money.

Let me send you off with one final thought. I was born poor, but poor was not born in me. And it shouldn’t be born in you either. You can make it. Whatever you may wish to do with your future, you can make it. It gets dark sometimes, but morning comes always. Suffering breeds character. Character breeds faith. In the end, faith will not disappoint. You must not disappoint.

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Tyrone is a passionate financial literacy advocate. He started this blog on November 2008 when he watched The Secret which talked about Law of Attraction because he wanted to become a millionaire and wanted to know how a millionaire acts. At the age of 26, he achieved his first million. To find out more about him, click here or follow him at Instagram

142 responses on “Manny Pangilinan’s Life Success Story

  1. masarap basahin at ma inspire sa mga ganitong istorya 🙂 kung lahat tao ganito ang pagiisip, sigurado kong taob sila lalo sa pinoys.

    salamat sa pagdaan sa aking blog.

  2. Manny Pangilinan’s story is really inspiring.. i just hope that many Filipinos will be as successful as mvp.. although it’s easily said than done, but it’s something i believe achievable..

  3. when i was reading the story of manny pangillinan it is really inspiring story..i do hope that i’ll be like him someday..because im taking up bachelor’s degree of entrepreneurial management..

  4. ….hi there..thanks for publishing a wondrous article such as this one..I am truly inspired by this..I hope that our youths for today will also look forward to have their own stories of success..Through your stories it can give us more courage to have a perseverance to do relevant things where all of us can benefit from it..

    • Great article and inspiring story.
      The article is under the stated category of Rags to Riches, but Mr Pangilinan’s father was ceo of a major Phil bank and with many industry ties so, it seems to me, his life was not really “Rags-to-Riches” – but of course he was still a great achiever.

  5. THIS ARTICLE REALLY INSPIRES THE READER..IT MOTIVATES ME TO ACHIEVE MY DREAMS IN LIFE….IT GIVES ME “HOPE” AND TELL MY MYSELF THAT ITS NOW MY TURN… YES I CAN!!!!

    • this guy is amazing! especially in sports! i am following his life story and it was really unbelievable! he made his luck outside the philippines and returned it all to the filipinos what a guy with a biggest puso… you will be my idol for the rest of my life. hope to meet you someday, you inspired a lot of people.

  6. Upon reading this story, I felt sadness and my tears were likely to fall from my eyes because I had been a negligent, happy-go-lucky, and stubborn person. However, since I begun a different tract out of aspiration to also become a successful person someday, I gradually learned of better things. This life success story of Manny Pangilinan will indeed be an additional eye opener and inspiration to me and to all the people who lack courage and looses hope to aim high.

  7. He plagiarized.r

    In his graduation speech before the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences, Pangilinan also said:

    “But having a lot of money does not totally make you a successful person. What you want is both money and meaning. You want your life and your career to be meaningful. Because meaning is what brings real richness to your life, to be surrounded by people you can truly work with-because you trust and treasure them, and they cherish you in return. That’s when you’re really rich, that’s when you really succeed.”

    The paragraph closely resembled remarks made by US talk show host Oprah Winfrey in her June 2008 commencement address at Stanford University, where she said:

    “But having a lot of money does not automatically make you a successful person. What you want is money and meaning. You want your work to be meaningful. Because meaning is what brings the real richness to your life. What you really want is to be surrounded by people you trust and treasure and by people who cherish you. That’s when you’re really rich.”

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20100404-262262/Pangilinan-quits-Ateneo-amid-flap-over-borrowed-grad-speech

  8. The person/s who discovered the plagiarism should be recognized and rewarded. He’s my hero. Manuel Pangilinan should say to him “You got me…” and should give him a monetary award and a medal just like police and soldiers are recognized. Mr. Pangilinan did the right thing in resigning right away. We need more fellow Pinoys like this. I wish this day April 4th would be a day for this Pinoy pirate buster. Please share your thoughts on how you discovered this piracy. With a reward like this, others will be encouraged to read and observe for piracy in this vast ocean of literature.

  9. MVP 2006 Ateneo Graduation

    Thefore I close, I’d like to make a personal request. I’d like to ask each of you a favor. Give me bragging rights. Do something great. Sometime in the future, I want to hear some incredible thing you’ve done. And I’d like to brag that I spoke at your graduation.

    In return, I offer you a few more pieces of advice. Keep it real. Stay true to what’s best in yourself, to the best of your experience here at the Ateneo. Trust your instincts. Believe in yourself. Engage in sports, you’ll need it as you age. Make art, or at least, value it. Be brave. Be bold.
    Find something that moves you or pisses you off, but do something about it. You have a voice, speak up.

    Take a stand for what’s right. Make a change. You may not always be popular, but you’ll be part of something larger and greater than yourself. Besides, making history is cool, isn’t it?
    But I also want to offer a warning: you will meet people who’ll entice you to compromise your principles. They’ll try to seduce you and distract you with money, power, security and perhaps, most dangerously, a sense of belonging. Don’t let them; it’s not worth it.

    You can have genuine values and still get that job. You can have a conscience and still make money.

    Samuel Jackson 2004 Vassar College

    I would like to ask each of you to do me one personal favor. Okay, two. First, don’t wear the Kangol hat backwards…that’s my thing, and very few folks pull it off as well as I do. But more importantly, give me bragging rights. Do something great. Sometime in the future I want to hear about some incredible thing you’ve done and be able to say, man, I spoke at her—or his—graduation.
    In return, I want to offer you a few pieces of advice: try to keep it real. Stay true to what’s best in yourself and to the best of what you’ve experienced here at Vassar. Continue to expose yourself to new ideas. Trust your instincts and think for yourself. Make art, or at least value it. Look for the core of what makes each person human, appreciate the details that make them unique.
    Find something that moves you or pisses you off, and do something about it. Put your self out there. Be brave. Be bold. Take action. You have a voice. Speak up, especially when something tries to keep you silent. Take a stand for what’s right. Raise a ruckus and make a change. You may not always be popular, but you’ll be part of something larger and bigger and greater that yourself. Besides, making history is extremely cool.

  10. i dont know the story if he plagiarized but i believe he really meant what he has said and its not bad anyway. it reflects what should we doing as a person and as a filipino.
    MVP mabuhay ka pards..

  11. I have no issue with the message, what is being pointed out here is whether one had the intellectual and moral intergity to attribute the original source of the message.

    • obviously I care, otherwise what is the point of me commenting. Please read it carefully. You stated that what he said was not bad anyway. Yes, it is not bad, the problem is that message did not come from him and he passed it off as if it was his, and that i s where I have a problem with.

    • blah, blah, blah…it doesn’t matter! original or not, what’s important is the message….it’s not a “scientific article” that needs strict citations….siguro taga UP ka? ganyan mentalidad ng mga taga UP masyadong possessive sa lahat ng bagay…halos lahat gusto laging nakadikit sa pangalan nila…tsk tsk tsk

    • It is more important to be honest – attribute borrowed passages in your speeches. Otherwise young people will start thinking it’s ok to be dishonest sometimes, and that is uninspiring.

  12. I understand MVP is a very busy man, but with all money, one would expect that he could hire an honest speechwriter. What is scary is the lesson that it gives the younger generation, that one can be successful and dishonest at the same time.

  13. regardless MVP is already successful…we can only speculate and make comment but at the end of the day you ask yourself what have i accomplished this day…MVP has done a tremendous job and we should be glad that we can have someone to look up to…people make mistakes…

    • okay so what you are clearly saying is that successful people get a free pass, that it somewhat mitigate the gravity of the offense? If you have kids, you can tell them, it is okay to steal ideas so long as you are successful for in the end, it is your success that counts and matters

    • … i know whatever little success I have would pale in comparison and would in no way compare to the empire built by Manny, I am not judging his entire success based on this mistake, that he did not deserve it because he plagiarized that would be a very myopic way of looking at it.

  14. I admire you Mr. Pangilinan a lot. You truly serve as an inspiration to Filipinos to Aim High and to Think big.

    With regards to the inspiration speech you delivered at ateneo… well maybe its our turn to give you an advice. I personally don’t have an issue whether it was copied or not. Having you as a speaker, standing in front, and looking on you (as a person and a role model for youth) who have worked hard to earn success is a big thing and truly inspiring to people already.

    You have contributed a lot to the people and to the society and that matters most.

    Your involvement in sports, business and etc. is amazing!

    So keep it up and God bless MVP!

    you are a one true Most Valuable Person to the Filipino’s.

  15. Obviously, Manny is neither a gifted orator nor a talented motivational speaker. He probably had his speech written by some fool who copied off the internet. Come on guys, give him a break. He did resign didn’t he? Just like a true leader, he admitted to the charges and submitted his resignation. To be honest, he’s rich and old, and he’s currently holding positions in many of the country’s top companies. I’m sure he’s glad to get rid of one responsibility. He’s already made history by revolutionizing business in the Philippines. Who would care for something as trivial as him repeating off a speech made by someone else in another side of the planet? If part of the speech is worth repeating to a different set of audience, then so be it. Everyone else does the same thing. And let’s not lie to ourselves — we do repeat what other people have said if their words are worth re-telling.

    • It is okay to borrow from other people’s ideas so long as you attribute it to them, otherwise that is tantamount to stealing of intellectual property and by-product,

      how would you people if other people use your words and pass it off as their own?

      Who would care for something as trivial as him repeating off a speech made by someone else in another side of the planet? If part of the speech is worth repeating to a different set of audience, then so be it. Everyone else does the same thing. And let’s not lie to ourselves — we do repeat what other people have said if their words are worth re-telling.

    • so whats the deference on the Chinese companies/government which copy other designs ?

      Japan did it, followed by Korea and now china, India and so on?

      For me – as long as you proven that it produces positive result, it doesn’t matter.

      All of us had copied others knowledge/etc. during our school days.

    • It is okay to borrow from other people’s ideas so long as you attribute it to them, otherwise that is tantamount to stealing of intellectual property and by-product,

      how would you feel if other people use your words and pass it off as their own?

  16. Manny Pangilinan deserves praise for what he had done to Philippine Business. That part about plagiarism is just a simple glitch in his personal story. We should not dwell on it rather we should dwell on his general values and accomplishments. We Filipinos have a tendency to magnify what is not essential just to put a good man down so that in so doing we might feel good. That is crab mentality.

  17. i think the point here is not to take away from MVP’s many accomplishments. If we can however praise him for his achievements, we can equally call him out on his mistakes. Let us not approach this issue with one-dimensional simplicity, and to dismiss the argument as “crab mentality”. MVP for all the good things he has done, is not beyond criticism.

  18. I am inspired by his success story. I am one of the boxers an ABAP and i have seen MVP’s efforts to help improve the plight of Philipine Athletes, at least in boxing.I hope I get to pay it forward by helping others as well in whatever way I can. Hayaan nyo na yun konting ginaya na linya sa speech, ang mahalaga may mga nainspire naman at gusto din umasa na maging successful at may kabuluhan ang buhay nila.

  19. kennethkramer Reply:
    “okay so what you are clearly saying is that successful people get a free pass, that it somewhat mitigate the gravity of the offense? If you have kids, you can tell them, it is okay to steal ideas so long as you are successful for in the end, it is your success that counts and matters.”

    Just like my cousin who’s a mayor; sends his kids to US to study; spends a lot traveling/hobbies – despite his meager earnings.

    During reunions, I remind him of good values/principles and doing the right thing. The rest of the clan accuse me of crab mentality, as they run to his side to give praises.

    I remind my children: a man’s worth is not measured by material success. Esp, they see so many corrupt rich politicians/businessmen.

    Typical penoys look up to rich people (w/ ill-gotten wealth); get them as ‘ninong.’ How can a country go the straight path when majority have skewed values.

  20. Hey guys,
    Kenneth has raised a very valid point.
    MVP has erred and apologized/resigned.
    What’s your point of discussing futher? Lack of comprehension?!
    End of story, let’s move on Dudes.

  21. WOW! I salute you Mr.MVP i wish i could be just like you in near future. i hope many filipino who striving hard can be succesful just like you.

  22. I was impressed with his speech, I do admire his self-confidence and determination which made him the most popular businessman not only here at the Philippines but also in Asia. He is truly the man of success. He stand-up though he face many failures and trials in his life. He is a man of ambition which made him strong and well-known.

    For me, though Manny Pangilinan is not the richest man here in the Philippines I do believe that he is the most inspiring person I ever known.

  23. MVP, as most people posted here, already apologized and resigned. With what happened, I even admired him more because even most people pressured him to name his speechwriters, he didn’t do it and said that they should give these new blooming speechwriter some slack and that they already learned the lesson of what happened. He took all the blame and resigned the post. That’s a true leader there.

    Sadly, most people who criticized him around the country only heard about him when this plagiarism issue arose, and knew a bit of his background.

  24. Hi Dawho, I invite you to look at this from a bigger perspective. Yes MVP resigned the post and did not reveal his speechwriter, admirable? Yes. But the greater issue here is not only about MVP owning up, it is a sad commentary as well on the institutions, like Ateneo. When students cheat on their exam, do we expect any slack or understanding of some sort? No, the Honesty Code is strictly enforced right? Why do we have to have a double standard? That we will tolerate you and even beg you to stay on, just because you have given and contributed so much? What time of message would that leave our students? My point is stop the hypocrisy. Let us not expect our students to be morally upright. that is why unfair to hold different people under different standards.

  25. NA ENJOY AKONG BASAHIN ANG STORY NAKAKA INSPIRED YUNG MAMANG ITO , BASTA MASIPAG AY MATIYAGA KA MAY ASENSO LIKE MVP . MABUHAY KA MANNY. SALUDO KO SAYO

  26. you are very fortunate because you obtain your goal in life and that you still acknowledge GOD for all the success you have right now…i salute in you..God bless you and be still…

  27. Let’s give MVP a chance.Everyone commits mistakes ,what is important is that he acknowledged it and made an apology.A single mistake doesn’t make him a lesser man.
    Shame on you people who treats him like a corrupt ,and immoral politician already for his previous mistake.

  28. shame on you too Neta, please stop putting words in our mouths. Where in the comments dod we treat MVP as corrupt, immoral politician? please read it carefully.

  29. I agree that a single mistake does not make him a lesser man. Yes that mistake alone will not define him, but it does not mean that he will get a free pass. We cannot have a double standard because it sends the wrong message.

    FYI, I would like to thank Manny for making the NBA show possible last weekend.

    Let’s move on from all of this.

  30. I was moved by MVP! The secret of success is in the business. Depends on how you take care your business. Filipinos should have entrepreneur mindset! He learned the dynamics of international finance from his Chinese colleagues? Not surprisingly, most Chinese are successful in business.

  31. huh! Ateneo speech is nothing! PLDT is a complete BUL*****. He has political connections which help his company to dominate telecom industry in Philippines.They block any serious competition by using political connections. Have you ever wonder why there is no international telecom company in Philippines. people of Philippines are left on the mercy of worst and one of the most expensive (in Asia) crap services of PLDT and MERALCO. This is the true inspiring story of this clever and crook man.

    • hehehe…..just heard MVP buy the Ospital ng Maynila na….wonders how come? is really Philippines is for Sale? why gov’t owned ofc for sale? haisstt……kaloka siguro pag nabalitaan natin Malacanang owned by MVP too….

  32. Shame on you as well Kramer….if you’re not affected by my personal opinion , then better shut up.I am not pointing at anyone specifically.If you have your own views on this , then I will respect that.Hope you do it likewise.

  33. MannyNeta, you cannot shut me up, this is what this forum is for. If you put forward an idea, I have the right to criticize it, it was you who said it first, that is why I am returning the shame back to you. If you want your ideas to be respected, it would be better to extend the same courtesy first before asking it in return.

  34. KennethKramer , yeah ,for sure , that’s what you are really good at…..criticizing others mistakes.

    Well , good luck , hope you’ll get rich by doing this.And it’s okay , I don’t need your respect.You can have it , and stick it to your narrow mind.

    And yes I am ashamed , because I made a mistake….mistake of replying to you.You can reply to this , and win the discussion.Anyway , it doesn’t make me a lesser man at all.You love having this attention , and showing how good you are.You can be the protagonist or be the good guy , the hell I care!!

    Go ahead , and enjoy your minute of fame here. Or should I say the other way around??Because now that I have your attention here ,and I am sure you could not resist in answering back …. I am getting my minute of fame as well. 😉

    Shame on me. 🙂

    • Wow, this is what you call selective reading. Yes, I am rich, but not as rich as Manny though, but please note that my bank account or my assets are irrelevant to this debate. If you can’t engage in public discourse on the level of ideas, then don’t clutter this forum with your fallacious and ad hominem arguments. You have the the gall and temerity to say that I am narrow minded and beneath you is an amazing tactic. You are not getting any minute of fame, because you just expose how severely lacking you are in the brain department and people can see you for what you truly are, a pathetic excuse for a human being and a disservice to the human gene pool. If I am Catholic, you will be my primary argument why the RH Bill should be passed into law. (insert smiling emoticon here). Sarcasm noted. MannyNeta got served :p

  35. Wow Kennethkramer…so now you are attacking my existence here on earth??It doesn’t mean if you are eloquent and very good in attacking on person’s inability , or weaknesses…you have the right to choose on who to live on this planet.
    You ridicule my Creator and my family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Who do you think you are?? You will regret your last comment about me!!!Sometimes be careful of what you wish for!!!

    You will regret this from now on…..do not underestimate ordinary human like me!!
    From this day , you will regret every sentence you made from your last comment…..believe me!!

    • Kennethkramer I told you , and I mean it also , you will regret this….my only wish as well is that you’ll grow a tumor on your brain.Don’t worry , that will happen , soon.

    • ang laki siguro ng brain ni kennethkramer……sobrang galing nya eh!…super!…siguro may tumor na sya sa utak…..feeling so righteous & holy…….he’s a perfect example of “Filipino Crabs”….

    • Hi Testing, please don’t be so literal, you will miss out on a lot of things. Clearly, you failed to capture the sarcasm of the statement

  36. Idol, ang galing nice principles in life, nanakakaliwanag ng isip… always reading about MVP’s story of life. My dreams is same as yours… (“,)

  37. Hi Yani, yup tiga UP ako, siguro di ka pumasa ng UPCAT kaya ka bitter. Ano ang “Filipino crabs”, hindi ata naturo yan sa UP, alam ko crab mentality. Galing ng logic mo. Basahin mo ang comment thread, huwag kang selective.

    • Kenneth – i have encountered 2 projects listed below with graduates of well known universities and the following had happen;
      1. Design of refrigerant piping with air cooled chillers on 6 story building.
      * Consultant: 1st placer(same school), contractor: 9th placer, client: 2nd placer –
      2. Result: 3 compressor was damaged due to refrigerant piping was incorrectly designed. With a series of objection from the consultant they later followed my design upgrade.

      2. In our project at Saudi Arabia (year 90’s) – a well known graduate of a university as us a favor to play at Gulf Club, which our company had rejected.

      To kenneth, dont brag your self that your from UP or other well known university, be humble instead.

      in my whole life, i meet engineers from US, UK and other will known country – but they have high regards to pilipino – because we prove them that we are compatible or highly skilled to them.

    • Hi Nelson, please refer to my latest post on this issue as i consider this already closed. Please understand that the statements were uttered in the context of the thread conversation so you should have read it sequentially to understand where I was coming from at that time. I really don’t agree with your position about copying and how it is justified. I really think you have to sit through a course in intellectual property class to be able to note the difference and appreciate its importance. “Neither shall you allege the example of the many, as an excuse for doing wrong (Exodus 23:2)”

  38. Irrelevant kung saan ako nagaral, siguro ikaw Yani hindi ka lang pumasa ng UPCAT kaya ka bitter. Why do you have to drag an institution into this?

  39. wow, so dapat scientific article lang ang may strict citations? Ganyan ba ang turo sa inyo? so ang thesis mo plinagiarize mo rin? Oh what, did you even graduate from college? If yes, irefund mo ang tuition mo, ang dami mong di natutunan.

    • Tyrone , kabayan….hindi naman ako nakikipag away dito.Nag agree lang naman ako sa comment ni Yani.Wala naman ako sinabing masama. At wala naman ako nilait na tao.

  40. Tyrone, this would be my last statement for this. I expressed an opinion in this forum, which has rubbed some of your readers the wrong way. I am perfectly okay if some do not necessarily share my point of view, I do not represent that mine is the correct one nor do I claim I owe the monopoly to the right perspective. I am not averse to anyone challenging my opinion so long as it is backed up solidly with perfectly good arguments to convince me otherwise. You see, debates should not be seen as a zero sum game, were people would keep track of scores of who had the final say, that is reserved for the insecure. In the marketplace of ideas, what is important is the opportunity to say what you want to say without fear that you will be run over by the mob who disagrees with you. But what I merely ask is that we disagree and settle it on the level of ideas, show the basis for your conclusions. If you resort to fallacious arguments, then I can play that game too. If you will review the message threads, it was MannyNeta who was the initial aggresor, I was just defending my opinion. My opinion is controversial, but life is too short to be always safe. I will say what I strongly believe in regardless of whether it would clash with the popular opinion.

  41. The title of this blog is ” Manny Pangilinan’s Life Success Story”.I don’t know kung bakit mas mahalaga kung sino ang aggresor ,sinong may maling opinion ,sinong may tamang opinion, sinong matalino , sinong bobo commentator.It’s not about MannyNeta being the antagonist ,aggressor,or needs to grow a brain.May mga tao talaga na sadyang magaling , at hindi papa talo kahit anong mangyari.All I can say is -good for you!

    The focus should be on Manny Pangilinan….Manny Pangilinan…and most specially on Manny Pangilinan’s successful story.Or maybe we should change the title of this blog?

    ” Manny Neta’s Successful Aggression Story”?

    Please my dear kababayan’s , let us stick to Manny Pangilinan.He gave us so much inspirations and positive outlook.If you consider MannyNeta the aggressor , so be it.Nakaka tulog naman ako ng mahimbing if you think na I am the bad guy.It doesn’t bother me at all , since ang tunay na bida naman dito ay si MVP!!!

    My apology to Tyrone Solee and for the rest who are more interested on Manny Pangilinan.From now on , I will stick on the subject.Anyway ,as I’ve mentioned , the title of the blog is ” ” Manny Pangilinan’s Life Success Story”.

    Cheers to you MVP!!

  42. Indeed an inspiring story. I hope more Filipinos will be encouraged by MVP’s story so Philippines will become a better place to live. I am an OFW for more than 2 decades but sad to say, I observed Philippines is not getting better.

  43. i would like to know more about his parentage. Her mother particularly. his elementary and high school and college schooling. I am preparing the biographies of Successful people in Apalit and he is one of them.

  44. a challenge to all of us that no matter poor we are, if we strive for best we will succeed in life with God’s grace and favor.

  45. MVP’s story will truly be an inspiration to many especially to me who works among the poor, It can be said that we could not blame others or our parents that we are born poor, but if we die poor, we should be blamed because we have not done anything to rise from poverty. Mabuhay ka MVP.

  46. SIR wala po akung masabi subra, subrang napa ka ganda to, sana po hindi po kau magbago, at sana po palakasin niyo pa po ang ekonomiya ng ating bansa, nandito lang po kaming mga BELIEVER niyo sir…. thank sir…

  47. I know Manny Pangilinan was a man who have a very long story but i can say his realy a wise man.thanks to him tell his own journy……..

    ……..MABUHAY KA MVP!!!!!!!!!

  48. I read every articles about him and could not utter a word against him because he is hardworking and he valued his work experience, but how is he as a person to the poor families of the Philippines? I am a school owner who want to share the school to the poor but due to poverty I have very few students. How can I reach him to sell the school or to help me financially by subsidizing teacher’s salaries so that I can accept poor students within the vicinity? Can you please email me his email address? I am a senior citizen principal for 25 years and wish to continue helping poor families by giving best education and values to the young generation of the Philippines. Thank you and please give my message to him.

  49. sir Manny, you are not succesfull because u have lots of money, but the fact that marami kang natulungan at nabigyan ng work because of your perseverance and hardwork, that makes u succesful

  50. etong si kennethcramer mga kabayan ay isang typical na bugok na taga U.P.
    na ang turo sa kanya ay ikaw ang pinakamagaling na tao sa buong mundo at pati na rin galaxy

    pagpasensyahan nyo na ang mga ganitong tao mga laway lang puhunan nyan.
    yan ang mga klase ng tao na napakritikal para mapabilib ka sa kanila.
    kng makapagcomment yan akala mo eh napakarami na naacomplish sa buhay pero WALA NAMAN! lalo na kung ikukumpara mo kay manny.

    alam ko lahat yan dahil ako ay isang u.p. grad din. pero im not proud yun ganyang ugali na itinuturo sa amin.

    idol kita manny! sana magkaron ako ng mentor na tulad mo!

    • Really tiga UP ka BoyT? Sana binasa mo ang buong thread. Sa UP tinuro sa atin ang malawak na pananaw na maging bukas sa kahit salungat na ideya. hindi rin ako proud sa mga taong makikitid ang utak tulad mo, baka hindi ka nafilter sa UPCAT. Hindi ko ikinukumpara ang accomplishments ko kay Manny, that is not the point here. Maraming nagawang maganda i Manny pero di siya insulated sa criticism. sana maintindihan mo dahil nag GE subject ka naman.

  51. Posted By:

    yani Reply:
    October 28th, 2011 at 6:30 am

    blah, blah, blah…it doesn’t matter! original or not, what’s important is the message….it’s not a “scientific article” that needs strict citations….siguro taga UP ka? ganyan mentalidad ng mga taga UP masyadong possessive sa lahat ng bagay…halos lahat gusto laging nakadikit sa pangalan nila…tsk tsk tsk

    ——————–

    Galing mo Yani! natumbok mo kung ano ang pagkatao ng bugok na si kenneth hahaha! Ako naman madali ko naiidentify kung sino din ka uri ko –palibhasa pareho din kami ng pinagalingan ng kenneth na yan pero hindi ako tulad nya na feeling magaling. Akala nya sguro yun pagmamagaling nya ikayayaman nya hahaha!

    Napakatalino daw nya at feeling nya mas magaling pa sya kay Manny hoy kenneth bugok sige nga lampasan mo accomplishments ni Manny kung kaya mo.

    Bakit yan bang galing mo sa pag iingles ininayaman mo ha! ha!

    sige nga!

    tsaka ikaw hwag kang puna ng puna sa ibang tao kung wala ka naman ibubuga sa taong pinupuna mo.

    We are here to read inspirational stories and be inspired at hindi makipag magalingan sa isang bugok na tulad mo kenneth!

  52. One final point, I hope Tyrone would still publish this. Sabi mo sa comment mo, bugok ako, at pinapabilib ko ang mga tao sa mga critisismo ko. Hindi ako narito sa forum para hangaan ng mga tao, wala akong mahihita diyan. Kung mapapansin mo hindi ko totoong pangalan ang KennethKramer. San naintindihan mo ito bago ka nagsalita ng kung ano ano, tiga UP ka pa naman. Hindi ko kailanman pinagyabang na galing ako sa UP kung babalikan mo ang thread, para sa akin, irrelevant kung saan ako nagaral sa isyung pinaguusapan, dahil ang pinaguusapan rito ay plagiarism at hindi kung san ako grumaduate.

  53. Sana hindi k tiga-UP. Ang laki na ng ibinaba ng kalidad ng edukasyon kung nagkataon, kawawa naman ang ninakawan mo ng slot na di hamak mas karapat dapat sa iyo. Iskolar ka pa naman ng bayan, bulok at makitid kang magisip. Hindi ako kasing yaman ni Manny, si Manny ang karamihan ng pera niya galing sa Malaysia, front lang po siya. Magaral mabuti, siguro nareach mo ang maximum residency rule sa UP. 🙂

  54. BoyT mas gugustuhin ko pang magkatulo kesa makipagdebate sa iyo, ang tulo may gamot na antibiotics, ang katangahan, incurable habangbuhay. Have a great life.

  55. wait masyado kang affected, di kaya ikaw ang plagiarist speechwriter ni Manny hahaha. Pwede ko naman pangalanan kung sino hahaha

  56. Multimillionaire at age 22, laway lang puhanan ko, try mo minsan gamitin utak mo BoyT baka yumaman ka rin 🙂

  57. “We are here to read inspirational stories and be inspired at hindi makipag magalingan sa isang bugok na tulad mo kenneth!”

    Eh di basahin mo ang speech, bakit kailangan pati sa thread nakikisawsaw ka.

  58. Kenneth————————LOSER!

    MANNY PANGILINAN——— WINNER!

    HEHEHEHEHE!

    BUsiness Lesson number 1. Do not talk/listen to losers! hahahahahaha
    (ewan ko ba bat ko pa kinausap etong ronmo na to hehe)

    Your Honor I hope we dispose of this dirtbag here in this site because
    he is such a serious threat to our business philosophy

    we should not let a loser ruin the good name of Manny P.

    Also, proliferation of negative thoughts should not be entertained in this site.

  59. Hahaha, pag di kayang sabayan ang argumento loser na agad, di ba pwedeng slow ka lang.

    Well, we filter life both with the negative and the positive, that is what gives us balance.

    Last time I checked, we are still in a democracy. This is a forum where ideas can be freely shared, and yes we are subjected to stupid ideas from your and me.

    So if you are proposing that the administrator censors his blog to only contain the positive, then why don’t you just relocate your sorry ass to an authoritarian regime then.

  60. BUsiness Lesson number 1. Do not talk/listen to losers! hahahahahaha
    (ewan ko ba bat ko pa kinausap etong ronmo na to hehe)
    [Bakit may business lesson No. 1, wala namang No. 2, di talaga nagthesis ang bobitong ito)

    Your Honor I hope we dispose of this dirtbag here in this site because
    he is such a serious threat to our business philosophy (wrong forum, this is not a court, you should appeal to the Judge. Criticism of Manny Pangilianan is vallid and relevant because we should always conduct business with integrity, this is a growing trend towards corporate governance and compliance.)

    we should not let a loser ruin the good name of Manny P. (This blog is not just about Manny Pangilinan, one must always learn to be objective to separate the good and the bad, Manny is a good leader but he is not immune from mistakes).

    Pseudo-UP ka lang (certificate course :), kasi halata sa reasoning mo, di ka nagPhilo 1.

    Also, proliferation of negative thoughts should not be entertained in this site.

  61. Sa lahat ng mga nagbabasa dito sa site na ito

    Yan tignan nyo ugali nyan ni kenneth the cat serial killer kung gano kayabang
    grabe!

    tignan nyo naman sa laki ng ulo nya eh talo pa nya ang may hydrocephalus na
    tubig lang ang laman ng utak!

    tignan nyo ako ultimo ako na grumadwayt na nilait pa dahil sya daw ang pinakamagaling sa buong galaxy haha!

    kalaki ng ego netong taong ito grabe typical na puro excellence ang natutunan at walang honor

    hahah

    What a LOSER!

    hahaha

  62. BoyT, I hope you read the story, “The Emperor has no clothes”. Sometimes even if we are against popular opinion, we must stand our ground and speak the truth. It does not make the emperor any less. Don’t get me wrong, I still admire Manny Pangilinan for his outstanding contributions to the development of this country.

  63. Tyrone, I hope you would indulge me one more time by posting this comment of mine. I sincerely apologize to those who I may have rubbed the wrong way with the strong opinion I have on the piece. This will be my my last say on this. It was never my attention to draw any attention to me, but only to my opinion on the matter as a reaction to previous posts before me. I have no personal beef against Manny Pangilinan, but as I reviewed the posts, I did appear self-righteous and arrogant and for this I am sincerely sorry. I hope I will be a better man by owing up to my mistakes. To Ganjanz, Yani, MannyNeta and BoyT and to the other readers, I hope you could accept my apoliogies. More power to you Tyrone and to your blog.

  64. Inspiring story. We can pick-up the “GOOD THINGS” to be use leading to our success in life. Great job sir MVP.. I am with you…

  65. sir manny baka puwede niyo po e consider yong medical namin ng hypertension kawawa naman po ang pamilya ko maliliit pa po mga anak ko po sir sa digitel po ako salamat po godbless sir more power

  66. mabuhay ka Manny!

    i have always admired you, your accomplishments and most especially your values. As a result of you inspiring me, i am doing something for you, spreading an awareness campaign by paying it forward. I am helping out public elementary students in a very small way. Someday, i planned to reveal-share to them that i am doing this because i was inspired by a man named MVP. Doing so, their awareness will be enhanced to MVPs good deeds and success. i hope my instincts will be true that ordinary school children will DREAM HIGH someday. by then their minds will consider other tycoons, our heroes too, to be their inspirations of their dreams also… nationbuilding ika nga

    just sharing

  67. ARE YOU AWARE MANNY V. PANGILINAN HOW STUPID YOUR SO CALLED COMPANY LIKE SUN BROADBAND 3G? IT’S USELESS, WORTHLESS I HATE USING THIS… SO SLOW & CONSISTENT CUTTING MY INTERNET ACCESS. WE ALREADY DISCUSSED THIS ISSUE TO NTC & YOUR TECHNICIAN CHECKED MY LOCATION & FOUND A VERY POOR SIGNAL. AFTER TWO WEEKS CHECKING STILL THE SAME! I WANT TO TERMINATE MY SUBSCRIPTION BUT THEY WANTED ME TO PAY BECAUSE I’M NOT FINISHING MY CONTRACT FOR TWO YEARS. HOW STUPID YOUR SUN BROADBAND NETWORK ASKING FOR TERMINATION FEE BUT THE PROBLEM IS YOUR NETWORK ITSELF. I’M ADVANCED PAID AND FOR ALMOST FIVE MONTHS USING YOUR USELESS INTERNET BROADBAND THEY ARE ASKING FOR TERMINATION FEE EVEN THE PROBLEM IS YOUR NETWORK… “ANG KAPAL DIN NAMAN!” I HAVE ALL THE VIDEOS TAKEN ASK YOUR TECHNICIAN WHO VISITED TO CHECKED MY LOCATION! USELESS SUN BROADBAND VERY USELESS… BE AWARE TO YOUR STUPID COMPANY MO BA TALAGA?!

  68. GREAT MVP….HE IS ONE OF THE SUCCESS STORY THAT COULD SPARK INSPIRATION….HE WILL BE CALLED ONE OF THE “GREAT FILIPINOS”.

  69. The reason why everyone in this page is here, is that all of you are interested on how MVP shared his success in life, and one thing is for sure…. that all of you understands his tactics and the way he meddles with his life’s travails. Surely all of you are wondering what made him the way he is right now, most of you considers values, accountability,ethical standards, etc. on his way up and criticize him for just a few words in his most inspiring speech. Most of you would be feeling you can do better … how about stop mongering,stop criticizing, stop blogging and make your selves work for now that this guy had given you enough inspiration and simply shared one among his secrets which you could adopt based on your standards… Be the future yourselves like MVP to make your lives worthwhile…Not only be inspired but be inspirations to others… Go ahead be great!!! so that one day we will not know you as you use your aliases but know your name to be one among the top guys in your field of expertise…

  70. Inspiring message from the inspiring person.You are the one dynamic peron here in our country.The boss Manny V.Pangilinan.Merry Christmas and Happy New year.Mabuhay po kayo.Godbless and Godspeed.

    Edward Caliwan
    Los banos Laguna

  71. Ok sana… Very inspiring ang story ni MVP… Kaso sana di na siya nagahaman after ng PLDT. Ang problema, di nya dinetalye and ginawa gn First Pacific at Metro Pacific sa Pinas. Ang Meralco, Maynilad, North Luzon Expressway, Makati Med at Cardinal Santos Hosp, Philex Mining…. LAHAT LAHAT yan ay pag-aari na po ng Salim Group. (Under First Pacific at Metro Pacific).

    Ginawa nilang Front Man si MVP, “DUMMY” Pero ang totoo, wala pa 2% shares nya sa mga company na ito…

    Tsk tsk Tsk… Ok naman kung mga private Goods at Services.. Pero Grabe naman sir, Kuryente, tubig at toll roads?!?!? Bakit mo naman sinanla ang future ng buong Pilipinas sa mga Banyaga?! Sobrang Idol po kita at tuwang tuwa ako sayo nang madala mo ang FIBA dito sa PInas… Pero bakit naman po pati Meralco at Maynilad?!

    Ang masakit, si Anthoni Salim ay kilalang Crony at magnanakaw sa tulong ni Suharto, ang correupt na leader ng Indonesia nuon na mahigit pa sa doble ang pag ka corrupt sa mga Marcoses… Sir MVP, sinanla nyo po kaluluwa nyo for fame and fortune.

  72. dear mister MVP
    una sa lahat binabati ko kayo ng isang mapagpalang araw ngayong martes.
    nabasa ko po ang inyong napakagandang istorya ng inyong pakikipagsapalaran sa panahon ng inyong kahirapan ngunit dahil sa inyong pagsusumik ap ay napatunayan nyo hindi kahirapan ang magiging hadlang sa inyong pangarap upang maabot ang inyong kinalalagyan ngayong na isang matagumpay negosyante, at mahilig din sa pangpalakasan. alam ko po na inyong mga narating ay isang patunay na kailangan ang pananampalataya sa ating panginoon at sipag upang itoy ating makamit. kaya po akoy nahihiya nais ko pa namang sana kayong makadaupang palad at mabigyan ng isang programang na makakapagbigay ng inyong kaginhawahan at upang mabigyan din ng proteksiyon ang inyong lahat na pinaghirapan ng matagal ng panahon. maraming salamat po sa inyong napakagandang istorya at magiging aking inpirasyon sa aking pagsusumikap sa larangan ng securidad at proteksiyon sa mga taong matagumpay. maraming maraming salamat po. pagpalain po kayo na sana humaba pa ang inyong buhay para mas marami pa kayong matulungan.

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