A mustard seed


The success of Eugenio S. Ynion Jr. in business illustrates how each of us can be like a mustard seed which is quite small and yet grows into the biggest of shrubs, an Ilonggo priest, Fr. Delbert Jardinaso, OSJ, said on Monday, July 28.

In his homily during the blessing and inauguration of the Yngen Group building in Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro Cty, Fr. Jardinaso said that “like the mustard seed, we can grow and become so magnificent by making use of possibilities.”

Fr. Jardinaso is now the parish priest of San Jose, Batangas. He spoke on the significance of the Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31-35) in our lives.

Businessman-philanthropist Julio D. Sy Jr. (right), assisted by Mrs. Carissa Gonzales-Ynion and Barangay Captain Eugenio S. Ynion Jr., cuts the ceremonial ribbon to formally inaugurate the Yngen Group headquarters building in sitio Guadalupe, Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro City on July 28, 2014.

Businessman-philanthropist Julio D. Sy Jr. (right), assisted by Mrs. Carissa Gonzales-Ynion and Barangay Captain Eugenio S. Ynion Jr., cuts the ceremonial ribbon to formally inaugurate the Yngen Group headquarters building in sitio Guadalupe, Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro City on July 28, 2014.

“He was nothing like a mustard seed, but in the midst of nothingness and insignificance, Jun Ynion, showed us that we can reach great heights,” Fr. Jardinaso said.

However, this success can only be meaningful if it is shared with others, he said.

Fr. Jardinaso urged Ynion to help the community through genuine public service. “It is when we remove selfishness from our lives, when we share our gifts with other people, that our success becomes meaningful,” he said.

Jun Ynion is the chief executive officer of the Yngen Group which relocated its corporate headquarters to Barangay San Antonio from the urban congestion of Makati City. He is also the barangay captain of Barangay San Antonio.

The transfer of the Yngen Group corporate headquarters to Barangay San Antonio also puzzled Ynion’s business partner, Julio D. Sy Jr., or better known as “Jun Sy”.

“At first, I played the role of devil’s advocate to Jun,” Sy said. “But I realized I can’t question his determination to pursue his mission.”

Sy described Ynion as “passionate” and ultimately supported the move because he saw “how much he loved the community.”

“More good is bound to happen,” Sy said, although he realized that it is difficult to balance two roles.

Sy said that he can compare what Ynion is doing to the entrepreneurial work that NBA legend Magic Johnson had done for blighted communities in the United States, the Harlem in New York City in particular.

Magic Johnson, he said, became greater after basketball because of his work to uplift decaying American communities through entrepreneurship.

“What he has done is inspire the resurgence of the Harlem,” he said.

Sy found a parallel to what Ynion is doing for barangay San Antonio to the work of Magic Johnson.

He noted, for instance, that the property on which the Yngen Group building stood, as well as the Sabak Bldg, in sitio Guadalupe used to be a place of sin and crimes.

The construction of these two buildings will trigger a resurgence in the community, he said.

 

 

 

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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