Joey Concepcion: The cool dad
Bilyonaryo Jose Ma. Concepcion III or Joey is the country?s face for entrepreneurship. He may be delivering impassioned speeches, championing micro and small entrepreneurship as the best way to beat poverty, but as a father to five five kids, 4 girls and a boy, Joey proved to be the cool dad.
On Father?s Day, Joey shares with us how his advocacy for the micro business meant for his family.
According to Joey, he does not have qualms if his child loves someone not coming from his circle of the privileged few.
?As long as my child loves him or her, and he or she loves my child whole heartedly, I will support their decision,? says Joey. He does not even meddle into the love affairs of his children. There are no rules when his kids start dating.
?I let them be. Since most of them are girls, they talk to their mother more on this matter. But I will always be there for them should there be problems. – But if there are problems, I will be there to listen.?
Instead, Joey would always remind his children to ?do their best in all the things that they do. Do it with passion. Persevere.?
As parents, the Concepcions hope their kids will be better persons, having strong faith in God and to always keep close with the family.
He also learned a lot from his kids mostly because of technology, but what he learned most is to have fun and relax with his family.
?It is also an honor to be a dad for you are given God?s blessings,? he added.
Like entrepreneurship, Joey stressed that fatherhood is a big responsibility and honor.
?When I was named as one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy of Forbes, I felt that I am doing something that will make my kids proud of me. This is not just for my family but to all the Filipinos in the country who want to be successful through entrepreneurship,? he said.
He cannot compare if his generation could qualify as better parents than their predecessors as he also looks back at how his father Joecon (Jose Concepcion Jr.) has guided him to be what he is today.
?My father is a great mentor. He taught me a lot and guided me all through out. One of the things I learned from him is to have passion in what I do. This passion will push me through even though there will be challenges. With passion, many ideas will be generated and great actions will be taken,? he said.
As a testament to his mentorship, Joecon was the chair of ASEAN Business Advisory Council 10 years ago. Today, his son Joey is in holding the same spot as ASEAN BAC Chairman as the Philippines hosts the 50th anniversary of ASEAN.