BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The matriarch of an affluent family that runs a chain of pharmacies here and across the island, and her two sons have reconciled post Valentine’s Day, ending years of internicine squabbling that was mostly hidden from the public eye.
“Negros Grace Pharmacy Inc. president Ian Manuel Lo, his mother Corazon and elder brother, Jonathan, have reconciled for the family’s common good,” a press statement from Ian dated yesterday, 20 February 2022, said.
The release said Ian, the younger of the two siblings, ” is thankful that they were all able to rise above their differences and put their relationship as a family as top priority.”
The release also quoted him as saying “this reconciliation means a lot to our family. We recognize that forgiveness is vital in our complete healing” and that “He realizes that a mother’s and brother’s love matters above all.”
Corazon, however, has asked Ian that he focus on running Negros Grace Pharmacy, to distance himself from politics, and to continue the charity work of his father, the late physician Manuel Lo.
Corazon is grateful that both Ian and Jonathan have continued their late father’s charitable work during this difficult time of the pandemic, the press statement said.
The Lo family’s internal conflict came on the heels of the ongoing conflict among members of the Yanson family.
The family’s patriarch, Ricardo Yanson Sr founded what is now a group of companies that owns and operates transport giant Ceres Liner.
The Los, however, have already reconciled.
To Ian, this reconciliation is the best gift he, his mother, brother Jonathan, and their family have received from the Almighty God.
“Family is family. No pain or differences can ever destroy a family,” he said.
“Thank you, everyone, for being with us through thick and thin and in our journey towards our complete healing. May the abundant Grace and Mercy of the Almighty God will always be with us. God bless us,” he added.