Italpinas Development Corporation’s Primo Consiglieri (Senior Advisor) and now an author, Dr. Jose P. Leviste Jr., has launched his very own book titled “If the Philippines had a Lee Kwan Yu” last April 21, 2016 at Primavera Residences, Pueblo de Oro, Uptown Cagayan de Oro.
The event started with cocktails and was attended by special guests; among them were Mr. Antonio Samson (IDC Vice Chairman), Arch. Romolo V. Nati (IDC Chairman/COO) and Miss Earth England 2015 Miss Katrina Kendall together with her mother, Miss Floramae Kendall.
Dr. Jose “Joey” P. Leviste Jr. shared with the audience his experience in Singapore and how this has inspired him to create this book – a collection of articles and discourses written by the brightest minds of our country as a tribute to Lee Kwan Yu.
The title “If The Philippines Had a Lee Kuan Yew” evokes dashed dreams – a certain disenchanment with our 21st century history as a nation; but it also arouses bright visions – optimism and confidence iin the near future – depending on where you stand in the ideological spectrum.
“Tiger Joey” has assembled a powerful primer – the most incisive collection of vignettes by Filipino scholars and opinion leaders on the singular story of the City-State of Singapore and the leader who made it so. The challenge is not to compare but to be creative – Lee Kuan Yew knew that his country had few natural assets, but he was able to make Singaporeans believe in their potential and bigger role in our globalized world.” an excerpt from the back of the book by Fidel V. Ramos – Former President of the Philippines
During the event, we had the chance of listening to some of the book excerpts gracefully read by CDO’s very own Miss Earth England Katrina Kendall, who also experienced the life of Singapore. After which, some of the audience won copies of the book with an autograph by the author himself.
Together with Dr. Leviste, IDC envisions a bright future for the Philippines and for Cagayan de Oro. This is why its new groundbreaking project, Primavera City, has been designed to be a cut above the rest. The said project is to be launched at the end of 2nd quarter this year.