To Fly and Fly AgainLopez Group employees take to the air, virtually, as they devour “To Fly and Fly Again,” the second installment of the webcomic series “Eugenio at Heart.”
Released on the heels of July’s “The Man in the Frame,” this arc examines the beginnings of Iloilo-Negros Air Express Company (INAEC), established by Eugenio Lopez Sr. in 1932. INAEC, which became the first Filipino-owned civil airline, predated Philippine Airlines and many Asian airlines by several years.
INAEC celebrates its 80th anniversary this year; its present- day incarnation, INAEC Aviation Corp. headed by Benjamin R. Lopez, marks its second decade.
“To Fly and Fly Again” also recalls how the Lopez Group founder made good on his vow to help his country rebuild from the ashes of World War II.
“My father gave the nation the power to fly and he fulfilled his promise to do everything to see the Philippines rise again. Eugenio Lopez, the visionary that he is, lived by the values that that are now enshrined in the Lopez Group Values today,” said Lopez Group chairman emeritus Oscar M. Lopez (OML) in his email to introduce “To Fly and Fly Again.”
By setting up INAEC and, later, the Far Eastern Air Transport Inc. or FEATI, the founder “showed his foresight, his pioneering entrepreneurial spirit and his strong drive to see the development of his country,” OML said.
“To Fly and Fly Again,” which again features the art of artist/writer Jonas Diego, is emailed to Lopez Group employees a page at a time and may also be accessed via lopezlink.ph/lopez-values/lopez-web-comics.
The “Eugenio at Heart” project was launched in July 2013 to mark the Lopez Group founder’s 112th birth anniversary. It takes key events in his business life to demonstrate how he practiced the Lopez Values—a pioneering entrepreneurial spirit, business excellence, unity, nationalism, social justice, integrity, and employee welfare and wellness.
“Eugenio at Heart” also gives employees a glimpse into the Lopez Group’s journey and how it grew to become the institution that it is now known to be.