What Lance Gokongwei Has Been Up to During ECQ


T-shirts and shorts have replaced button-down shirts and slacks as the new corporate attire.

With enhanced community quarantine in its seventh week, a huge chunk of the business community has been working from home, including captains of industry.

Lance Gokongwei, who heads the Gokongwei group of companies, says he’s been enjoying the flexibility of the new arrangement, as it gives him more time to do other things after work hours.

A voracious reader, he sent us snapshots of some of The New York Times bestsellers he’s read during ECQ. We were charmed to see him ensconced in his daughter’s room, wearing a T-shirt and a baseball cap from his college alma mater, a stuffed dolphin by his side.


It appears he still prefers printed books to digital ones. We do too.

Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond




Why Nations Fail: The Originals of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson



American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley



Gokongwei says he and his family have been enjoying their extended time together.

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“We fit like old shoes, everything is very calm and comfortable,” he says. “We share most meals together, and sometimes slip out of work to watch something together.”

Gokongwei says he’s “watched tons” of shows, including:

Top Boy and Top Boy: Summerhouse, British versions of The Wire. Really excellent and you will pick up a lot of Jamaican patois.

“We have enjoyed Succession, which is a humorous caricature of a family media business.

The Looming Tower is a fast-paced thriller on how disputes between CIA and FBI operatives prevented 9-11 from happening.

Last Dance, the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan’s final championship season. Can’t wait for the next episode."

Gokongwei says he's picked up "a new habit." He's been listening to podcasts on Spotify.

"The American Scandal series Waco-Broken Promises on David Kouresh and the Branch Davidians’ last stand in Waco, Texas was good.

"The Wondery series WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork is also very gripping."

Esquire Philippines is published by Summit Media, a company owned and managed by the Gokongwei group of companies.

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Yvette Fernandez
Yvette Fernandez has written over a dozen books. Previously, she was editor in chief of Esquire Philippines and Town&Country Philippines.
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