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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My father gave me the wings to
pursue my passion - Chan

Singer, composer and businessman Jose Mari Chan said he is proud and honored to have been named the adopted son of Bacolod City and is accepting it in behalf of his father who is the one who truly deserves it.

Chan told the DAILY STAR everything that he has achieved is because of his father, the late Tony Chan, so he gives the honor to him.

Aside from being named adopted son of Bacolod, Chan will be honorary mayor of Bacolod for a day on Friday as part of the 13th Bacolaodiat Festival of Bacolod City, which ushers in the Chinese new year.

“We chose to honor Chan, a long time Chinoy Bacolod resident, for his stellar contribution to the Philippine music industry and his continuing support for the sugar industry in Negros,” Jennifer Ong, Bacolaodiat Inc. chairperson, said.

Chan will be conferred the title of Adopted Son of Bacolod City at a Sangguniang Panlungsod special session and as Honorary Mayor for a Day at the City Mayor's Office at the Bacolod Government Center on Friday, Ong said.

He is currently chairman and chief executive officer of the Binalbagan Isabela Sugar Company Inc. and A. Chan Sugar Corp., and chairman and president of Signature Music Inc.

Chan, the eldest of five children, said he is accepting the honors bestowed on him in behalf of his father because he was the one who started their businesses and made them big.

“I just inherited from him. He taught me about business and life, I learned all my work values from him,” Chan said.

“I admire my father for his vision and determination to succeed, and for his hard work in achieving his goals in life. Yet his heart was always with the poor,” Chan said.

He said that without his father, he would not have been able to attain what he has achieved.

Chan said his father and mother, Florence, now 93, are from Iloilo. His father expanded their business to Negros in the 1960s by going into sugar milling and trading.

BISCOM is the only sugar central that gives 3 percent of its production to labor, he said.

HIS MUSIC

The singer-composer said that although he grew up in Iloilo he is in Bacolod often because of BISCOM.

Chan is also the chairman of the Negros Museum and has held numerous concerts in Bacolod to raise funds for orphanages, churches, seminaries, among others.

He is also involved with Habitat for Humanity and Children's Hour.

“I have helped a lot of people because of my music, not because of my sugar business,” he said.

“I want to be remembered mainly for my body of musical works... for my optimism and artistic passion in pursuing my God-given gift of music,” Chan said.

Chan said he has been a recording artist for 51 years and he thanks God his father allowed him to pursue his passion in music.

“I am very, very happy and grateful to papa because he gave me the wings to pursue my passion,” he said.

“Music makes people happy so there is a purpose for that,” he said.

Chan said he is turning 73 in March, and has been married for almost 48 years to Mary Ann Ansaldo.

Their children, Liza, Joe, Mike, Franco and Angelica are all talented in music. The three boys compose their own songs and play the piano and guitar, he said.

Chan's two albums "Christmas In Our Hearts" and "Constant Change"remain the two biggest selling albums in Philippine recording history.

The "Constant Change" album was the first ever to be given The Diamond Record Award.“Christmas In Our Hearts” is a Double Diamond Record Awardee with over 850,000 copies sold, he said.

He holds the record as the biggest selling recording artist in the history of Philippine pop music.

Chan said he did not expect “Christmas in our Hearts” that he recorded 28 years ago, to still be a hit today.

He believes the secret to its success is the melody that is very simple and because it speaks of the real message of Christmas, which is the birth of Christ.

AWARDS

The multi-awarded Chan was one of the 1974 Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines for the Arts, a Lifetime Achievement and DangalngMusikang Pilipino Awardee of the Philippine Association of the Recording Industry, the Metro Pop Foundation's Antonio C. Barreiro Lifetime Achievement Awardee, and OrganisasyonngPilipinongMang-aawit'sDangalng OPM, among many others.

His songs have also been recorded by the biggest names in Philippine music.

Chan will be the fourth Honorary Mayor and Adopted Son of Bacolod in the history of the Bacolaodiat Festival with Lucio Tan in 2006, John Gokongwei in 2013 and Henry Sy Sr. in 2017, Ong said.

Business tycoon Eduardo Cojuangcowas also named Adopted Son of Bacolod at a special Chinoy event in 2007, she said.

“I feel humbled by those who preceded me,” Chan said.

“What a prestigious group, I can never be as big as they are,” he said, noting that they all have contributed to creating jobs for many in Negros.

“I may not be as be as big as they are, but what they lack is they don't know how to compose and sing,” he quipped.

As adopted son of Bacolod, he said he feels he has a responsibility of setting an example to the young on the need for hard work to achieve ones goals.

He also wants to continue to help make a difference in the lives of people in Bacolod and Negros.*

 

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When love has gone

Dear Tito,

I am 22 years old, I come from a prominent family here in Negros. Last year, I graduated from a local university and I'm in a relationship with my boyfriend for the last 2 years. I have to be honest, we both had been sexually active. Not too long after, I realized that I was pregnant.

When I told my parents about this they were shocked and decided to send me abroad to hide the embarrassment that I had caused them. At first I was opposed to their plans but when my boyfriend was not sure of marrying me, I decided to go andto be with my aunt abroad and give birth there.

After I gave birth, I had the chance to look for a job. My boyfriend kept communicating with me but I no longer have a reason to continue the relationship. I even heard from a common friend that he wasalready dating another friend of ours.

A couple of months ago, I heard from my mother that my father had a stroke and needed our attention and support. I started to make plans to come home with the intention of coming back. I told my former boyfriend about my plans and he said he will come and visit me. He even said that he will talk to my parents about marrying me.

I am not really excited about his plans, in fact I have no intention of marrying him anymore. I am happy with my life abroad together with my 1-year old daughter.

Disappointed Single Mom

 

Dear Disappointed Single Mom,

I sense that you guys did not have any closure with your relationship. Your former boyfriend has not yet moved on. Now that he also has a child with you, the stronger his intention to win you back.

I also feel that you have moved on with your life abroad. I suggest that when you come home to visit your father, you set a time where you can talk and tell him that it's finally over between the two of you. Tell him frankly that you don't love him anymore, and want a closure between you.

It might be too difficult for him to accept your decision, but you should tell him honestly of your feelings and the status of your relationship together. Do not keep him hanging and making him feel that there is still hope for a reconciliation and a prospect of marriage between you.

Praying for you.

TITO


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