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At present, Mr. Pangilinan is still at the helm of First Pa­cific as its man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer. The com­pany’s port­fo­lio has a bal­ance of more ma­ture as­sets in var­i­ous cor­po­ra­tions from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, in­clud­ing MPIC, which Mr. Pangilinan chairs.

MPIC is a lead­ing in­fra­struc­ture hold­ing com­pany in the Philip­pines, with in­vest­ments in the coun­try’s largest elec­tric­ity dis­trib­u­tor, hos­pi­tal group, toll road op­er­a­tor and wa­ter dis­trib­u­tor. It also holds sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in lo­gis­tics and light rail oper­a­tions, and in the largest elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tor in the Visayas re­gion. MPIC is com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing through ac­qui­si­tions and strate­gic part­ner­ships in prime in­fra­struc­ture as­sets with the po­ten­tial to pro­vide syn­er­gies with its ex­ist­ing oper­a­tions.

Through the years, Mr. Pangilinan re­ceived var­i­ous ac­co­lades and recog­ni­tion for his out­stand­ing ac­com­plish­ments in busi­ness and in phi­lan­thropy. Among of these are the Pres­i­den­tial Pa­mana ng Pilipino Award by the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines in 1996; Best CEO in the Philip­pines by In­sti­tu­tional In­vestor in 2004; CEO of the Year ( Philip­pines) by Biz News Asia in 2004; Peo­ple of the Year by Peo­ple Asia Mag­a­zine in 2004; Dis­tin­guished World Class Busi­ness­man Award by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Makati In­dus­tries, Inc. in 2005; Man­age­ment Man of the Year by the Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines in 2005; Or­der of Lakan­dula ( Rank of a Ko­man­dante) by the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines in 2006; one of the He­roes of Phi­lan­thropy by Forbes in 2009; and Global Filipino Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year by Asia CEO Awards in 2010.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Pangilinan, there is no magic, mys­tery or se­cret recipe to suc­cess; it arises from old-fash­ioned values as ba­sic as be­ing hon­est and truth­ful, values as es­sen­tial as work­ing hard, play­ing fair, hav­ing goals and the dis­ci­pline and de­ter­mi­na­tion to pur­sue them.

“Suc­cess is about pas­sion. Pas­sion to suc­ceed, pas­sion for ex­cel­lence. Pas­sion to com­pete. My Hong Kong ex­pe­ri­ence taught me to be­lieve that depth of com­mit­ment can over­come lack of re­sources. That a spirit of pur­pose can give im­pe­tus to hu­man en­ergy. That the power of am­bi­tion can set heroic goals and achieve them,” Mr. Pangilinan said.

“Two things will be in­evitable in your lives — you will have suc­cesses and you will have fail­ures. You must seize both for your con­stant bet­ter­ment. Suc­cesses tell you that you can at­tain more suc­cesses in the fu­ture. Your fail­ures tell you that you can sur­vive, and move on. In the end, it is your char­ac­ter which counts.”

METRO PA­CIFIC In­vest­ments Corp. (MPIC) Chair­man Manuel V. Pangilinan (left) and MPIC Chief Fi­nance Of­fi­cer David J. Ni­col presided over a press brief­ing ahead of the com­pany’s an­a­lysts con­fer­ence in a build­ing of the Philip­pine Long Dis­tance Tele­phone Com­pany, which is now sim­ply known as PLDT, Inc., in Makati City on Feb. 28, 2013.

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