Angela Lopez Guingona with LGFI Chairman Oscar M. Lopez and Executive Director Cedie Lopez VargasIt was at the dinner table one night when my dad [Lopez Group Foundation Inc. chairman Oscar M. Lopez] asked, “How would you like Cedie to head LGFI?” I thought about it for a while and, as I was about to answer, I realized: this was actually not a question but a statement— that “your sister is going to be your boss”!
A hundred thoughts ran through my mind. Knowing for certain that Cedie was already so busy with her responsibilities in the Group, how on earth could she handle another job?
She is currently the director of Lopez Memorial Museum, head of Logistics at ABS-CBN and now, incoming officer in charge (OIC) of LGFI.
I imagined my eldest sister clad in Wonder Woman’s outfit hopping onto her invisible jet plane from the museum at the ground floor of Benpres Building to the fifth floor (LGFI), zooming off to ABS-CBN, then making sure she is home in time for dinner with her family—and somewhere in between all the zooming she still finds time to exercise.
Being the eldest in the family, naturally all seven of us looked up to Cedie as our leader. With six other siblings between the two of us and a 14-year age difference, she was my second mom. It would be like having my mom at the office. Yikes!
Not long after that question at the dinner table, Cedie was appointed OIC of LGFI. Many questions were asked of me, like “What kind of a boss is she?” “What is her leadership style?” “Would she keep all our programs?” “Will she be able to take on another organization?”
Like my coworkers, I also wanted to know. Being pressed for answers, I told them that judging from how she is in the family, she is very grounded when it comes to making decisions, is quite observant and pays a lot of attention to details, and is highly organized.
In the past month, my coworkers and I have seen her commitment and passion. If there is anything that we can all learn from Cedie, it is her professional work ethic and focus on the job.
Today, it must be said that my apprehensions about having my “mom” at the office were baseless. With Cedie as our prime mover, I look forward to achieving LGFI’s mission of nation-building through CSR and philanthropic works done the Lopez Way, as I learn to share in the wisdom, passion and grace of my sister, my boss.
The author, youngest daughter of Lopez Group chairman emeritus and LGFI chairman Oscar M. Lopez, is currently the foundation’s project manager for communications