Leads at 20
LEADS Agricultural Products celebrated its 20th Year Anniversary last Feb 10, 2017, a day early, at the Conrad Hotel Manila.
It was graced by farmers, employees of LEADS Agri, LEADS EH, and LEADS AH, partner suppliers, distributors from all over the PH islands, financing partners, representatives from government regulatory bodies, LEADS Angat Pinoy scholars, and friends. The support was overwhelming! There was even a distributor from Isabela whose flight to Manila got canceled but opted to travel via land at the last minute so as not to miss the event.
The celebration was honoured by an inspirational speech from the current FPA Executive Director, Mr. Wilfredo Roldan. He ended with everyone up on their toes and proudly chanting the tagline of LEADS, “Masaganang Ani, Masaganang Buhay!”
The event was loaded with awards for everyone who has been contributing to make the company the strong rock that it is. The most exciting were the Lotus and Golden Lotus Awards as these are most-awaited and most-coveted awards for the employees. Every year, the President selects a handful of people who have contributed above and beyond expectation for the betterment of the company. This year’s recognition was a tad more special as it was presented in front of 500 folks! Surprise videos from close family members were shown and brought tears to the awardees. Angat Saka 2016 Regional Winners were also awarded; farmers with the highest yield increase were recognized on stage. Of course, our event will not be complete without our grateful appreciation of the farmers.
They say that 20 years is a span of a generation. The President, in his keynote speech, chronicled how LEADS came about and recalled all of the milestones that he deemed impossible before. It started with a dream, and though all is real now, the moment felt magical like a dream. The treasure box that contains all of the good wishes from the guests was handed over from the President to the EVP. It was a ceremonial act where it all comes full circle.
The EVP quoted Spiderman and Batman in his speech and later referred to the employees as the real superheroes. Being the visionary man that he is, a lot is in store for the company under his leadership. The farmer is never just a farmer in his point of view. He always strives to give the farmers more because he knows how much more they deserve to get. The sweetest was when he ended his speech mentioning his mother and his wife who are both wind beneath his and his father’s wings, for without whom, all of their successes are unattainable.