FROM OUR LEADER
Philippines is Taiwanˇ¦s closest neighbour, it was still unfamiliar
to us a few years back when the decision was made to invest here.
Despite having spent so much energy on research and preparation,
the road ahead was still worrisomely unclear and full of the unknown.
Finally, with the determination and perseverance to succeed, we
bravely stepped ashore and became committed to the dream of writing
our own chapter in history.
For the past years, we went through all kinds of test and trials.
Many were perilous: the frequent occurrence of political coups,
once-in-a-hundred-year volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, the 1997
financial crisis, the loss of valuable executive, and partner bail-out.
Each blow shook our determination, but we did not give up easily
ˇV we continued to move forward to this day.
Today, we have completely assimilated
into what was then a strange, foreign land. We now work and rest
on the local schedule, standing side-by-side with executives from
the local community. We have become an indispensable partner of
most local manufacturers, as well as an active participant in community
services and charities. Looking back, we suddenly find ourselves
taking a firm foothold on the hilltops, bathing in a welcoming sun.
Nevertheless, in our joy, we sensed the silent approach of an even
greater responsibility and mission.
Through the wilderness and the storms,
caring assistance was provided to us as we grew along the way; our
fully supportive government, shareholders that gave us complete
trust, the most honourable clients, determined executives, loyal
and hardworking Filipino executives, supportive partner businesses
and suppliers, and wise, efficient advisers. It is here that I would
like to extend my deepest appreciation to all mentioned above. Because
of you, Shinkozan Corporation grew to the scale it is today. We
hope that you will continue to support this multi-national, cross
millennium corporation through the challenging times that follow
and ride with us to the new heights.