by Wilson Lee Flores
(The Philippine Star) | Updated April 29, 2013
Sarah Geronimo is unquestioningly obedient to her parents Delfin and Divina Geronimo (left). Michael G. Tan is known to be the most filial and totally obedient son (center). Lucio C. Tan is filial to his parents Tan Yan Kee and Chua Kieng Ha (right).
Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise. — Ephesians 6:2
Filial piety is the root of all virtue. — Confucius
If self-made immigrant taipan Andrew Tan of Megaworld and Resorts World Manila was the biggest personal income taxpayer in 2011 with P60.1 million paid and Kris Aquino was the highest showbiz taxpayer with P49.8 million paid that year, it is possible that in 2013 and in the years to come, a new topnotch showbiz taxpayer will be the phenomenal rags-to-riches actress/singer Sarah Geronimo.
As of April 18, the new film It Takes a Man and a Woman of Star Cinema, starring Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz, has already made box office sales of P345 million nationwide, making it the second highest-grossing Filipino film in history. At a recent lunch in ABS-CBN, Sarah talked about her exciting new role in the new reality TV show The Voice as one of the four celebrity coaches.
One of the most striking ideas Sarah Geronimo shared is this — she believes that honoring God and obedience to parents will bring blessings and success. Sarah had earlier also told Toni Gonzaga on TV: “Iba yung reward na ibibigay ng Diyos sa iyo kapag sinusunod mo yung mga magulang mo. (The rewards God will give you are different when you obey your parents).” Sarah’s parents are former PLDT lineman Delfin Geronimo and her mother is former beauty parlor owner Divina “Divine” Geronimo.
Apart from his self-made wealth and being the most generous in donating to charities, rags-to-riches taipan/philanthropist Lucio C. Tan is admired in the ethnic Chinese community because he exemplifies the traditional Confucian moral value of xiao in Mandarin or hao in Hokkien, meaning “filial piety.” Lucio Tan has for decades been donating to charities in the name of his parents Tan Yan Kee and Chua Kieng Ha, when they were still alive.
Lucio Tan’s son Michael G. Tan is president of the taipan’s investment holding firm LT Group Inc. Educated in Singapore’s Dunman High School, Peking University in Beijing and University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, Mike is known to be consistently filial to his parents. Mike also recently followed his dad’s civic commitments, being elected on March 25 as one of the new vice-presidents of the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) where his father is chairman emeritus.
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Edited by sgfever, 29 April 2013 - 05:14 PM.