With permission of Rica, and her family, Heart2Heart is sharing with you an inspiring event held by the Concepcion family in Cebu last Jan. 31 to Feb. 1. They have this conference once a year where the whole family gets together somewhere out of town…..and they are around 70. Wow!!! There is the formal conference…. there is the reflection on what has transpired in the year and there is the bonding and spending time together as one big family. What fun!!
I am so proud of your family, we share the same values of hard work and family. Having a family business and keeping the family together is not an easy task and it is nice to see how your family has succeeded in doing all that and then passing it on to the fourth generation. Congratulations!!!
Written by Rica Concepcion – Araneta
DREAM BELIEVE ACHIEVE. This was the slogan we used throughout our 2 day Concepcion shareholder’s meeting in Mactan, Cebu. We have been having yearly meetings similar to this one for the past 4 years (I think?) and I can say that this one was the BEST!! Why…maybe because we were away from Manila and were stuck in a place so far away from distractions (mall, shopping, office, etc…)….maybe because the place was beautiful even if the food was the worse :(…maybe because this was the first time that the kids (4th generation 10 years old & above) were old enough to participate without getting bored…..maybe because the younger ones 4G or 4th generation (9 years old and below) were included too….maybe because the 2G or 2nd generation (my parents, titos and titas) did not end up fighting but shared their kwentos with us….so many maybes but one thing for sure is that I love being a Concepcion and I am proud to be one.
Tons opening remarks: – annual cii shareholders meeting and concepcion family gathering:
Maayong pag abot! Welcome to Cebu. I am sure we will have a great conference because everyone is excited in making it the best!I can’t believe it has been 5 years since our first Punta Fuego visioning session. And from Punta Fuego to Cebu we have had 10 shareholder and family gatherings. And countless other bonding moments in between.So what have we accomplished in 5 years and after all of these activities?
1. We have solved all the business issues. The businesses our now striving with the turnaround of Condura and Carrier is taking us to even greater heights
2. We have had over 50 board and excom meetings.
3. The family is closer than ever. As a whole there is greater family peace, unity and closeness. The proof is today, I don’t think that anyone can say that they were forced to come. And I am so sure everyone is excited to be here.
4. In tagaytay in 2005, we created a Concepcion family credo and identified an advocacy to do together as a family. While this did not materialize, I believe that this was the spark that led to the birth of many advocacies many of us champion on our own that are already making contributions in making the country better.
I would just like to add that our common advocacy may be in keeping the family together. Success in business, a united family and reaching out to others. This is proof that the Concepcion legacy is alive. And it is not all talk but action.
So whats next? Every once in awhile you have those moments when you are truly proud to be a parent. My moment came when one of my daughters wrote a brilliant essay in school that was well beyond her years as a grade 8 student. . Needless to say I was thoroughly impressed. But at the same time humbled when my wife Karen told me – Ton that’s you.It got me thinking of how our kids learn from their parents. They learn from following what we do. So how we live our lives is even more important than what we teach them in words. This is how I learned from my parents and my parents from our grand parents. Truly the dream is to pass on the values and traditions which we collectively call as the Concepcion legacy to the future generations of Concepcions. This in essence is the main objective of this conference. To institutionalize the legacy so that it can live forever. Today, we pass the torch to the 4th generation.