ARCHIE P. LACSON…beyond success
by Apolinario Villalobos
Archie Lacson gave me my final break in Philippine Airlines when he made me the Administrative Manager for Philippines and Guam Region of Marketing and Sales to work in tandem with him as his assistant. He was then, the region’s VP. Despite his affluence, he is close to ordinary folks to the point of being altruistic. A dancer and a golfer by heart, he is also health conscious that makes him fit until today and which is what he needs as a newly elected Kagawad of Barangay Ayala-Alabang.
He is the kind of a guy who finds it difficult to say, “no”, that made him prone to abuse and which I have observed during our time in Philippine Airlines. Another skill that I admire in him is his ability to hold the attention of the audience, every time he hosts a show. He was a co-host of the famous “Penthouse 7”, a tv show that featured classic dances such as cha-cha, tango, etc.
What I cannot forget were our lunches of monggo soup and other veggie Bisayan dishes in the tourist district of Malate. One time, while we were on our way to Makati for a meeting, he suddenly stopped. I thought there was a problem with his car. It was only later that I realized….he stopped to buy “dirty ice cream” from the vendor that he beckoned to approach us. He confided that he loves “dirty ice cream”.
He guided me around Hongkong when he brought me there during his temporary administration of Southeast Asia region. It was my first time in Hongkong and he sacrificed his time just so, I could have a glimpse of the Harbor at nighttime. Being his “assistant”, I did all my best…but what he failed to let me do was have my passport stamped with a US visa!