Do you feel that you could write something similar to Christmas in our Hearts in the same serendipitous way?
Well, 24 years later, I came out with “Going Home to Christmas.” And if you listen to the words and music, they’re all pretty much the same message as Christmas in our Hearts. Take a listen, that’s your assignment.
And then after that, I would like to get your feedback, and your opinion. And then tell me what your favorite song is.
Aside from sharing your gift of music and being with family, what are you most excited about this Christmas?
This Christmas season, I’d really like to give back. How do we try to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor? For many, many years, that has been my wish — that the gap between the rich and poor would finally begin to narrow. Unfortunately, we don’t see it. Every year, we see the richest Filipinos be worth billions of dollars, but the poor remain poor. How do we, in our own little way, contribute to making that gap narrower? I start with the 1,500 employees I have in my sugar business, by sharing with them. Giving them bonuses, raising their salaries, helping them financially. Encouraging them to going into small businesses of their own.
If there’s one thing people get stressed out about Christmas, it’s the traffic. Do you get stressed out about the traffic?
I do. Driving from Makati to Quezon City. I try to listen to music, chat with the driver, talk to my wife if she’s in the car with me. And we talk about other things. I mean, it’s a given. The traffic is there. It’s your choice whether you will let it spoil your day or enhance your day. (Laughs) There will always be rainy days, and there will always be cloudy days. If it’s raining, go out and dance in the rain!
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