TOUCHING BASE WITH THE ALUMNI
At Resins, we value the contributions of our alumni. Many served the company well, their work legacies we remember. They learned many lessons that we aim to document to remind and even motivate us to continue growing the company. We welcome your stories as we recall your victories, big and small, at Resins and in your present state. Let’s keep in touch.
Resinians Reunion at Vegas (L-R) Nina Ilao,
Roy Bantigue, Josie Nafrada-Bantigue and Sony Gomez
Don Navarro (3rd from left) visited Resins last
June 4, 2008.
With him in the picture are (L-R)
Ronald Sobrevinas, Remy Lastrollo and
LOVE YOUR WORK AND CO-WORKERS
‘ Love your job and the people you work with and learn from them. Also learn to be tech savvy.” These pieces of advice came from Moje Aquino, former personnel and general services supervisor of Resins Inc. from 1972 to 1981.
Moje came to Resins for a visit on June 25, 2009, together with her best friend Gina Camacho, former secretary to Ernesto E. Lichauco. In an interview with ikettle, she shared some learnings from her stint in the company and in her present work as an HR consultant.
She stressed “ One must have passion for his/her work. Learn from it; love the people you work with because your friendship with your fellow associates can extend even beyond the period of your retirement from the company, “ She did just that as she continued to nurture her friendship with Gina up to now.
In the information age, being tech savvy can make one more relevant and useful. Moje advices employees to learn more about the new technology and apply it in their work. She suggested that RI Chem use the Facebook to touch base with all resins alumni.
Moje graduated with a marketing economics degree at the University of the East. She then applied for a marketing or economics position at Johnson and Johnson, but instead the company put her at the HR Department, which she said was ‘not her type.”
She later applied for an HR job at Resins, and ended up handling personnel, communications, training and the company’s employee activities. Work also included teaching at San Beda for evening classes from 1975 to 1978.
The free shuttle service was an initial attraction for joining the company. “ I often saw the Resins bus at Sta Mesa where she lived and found such service convenient especially during typhoons or floodings.
Gina said she had a grand time in resins, enjoying the company of associates that she worked with. “ Sa kumpanya, walang distinction between ranks, keso manager o staff ka lang. We socialize,” she said.
Since 1997, she has been doing consultancy work in the field of team building, management training and communications, and assisting in enhancing HR systems in many companies.
HAPPY TIMES AT RESINS
“ Masaya kami nuon sa Resins. Napaka-informal ang workplace at napaka-generous ng management,” recalled Gina Camacho, former secretary of Ernesto E. Lichauco who visited Resins on June 24, 2009.
Gina said that she had memorable experiences during her stint at Resins, particularly providing secretarial services to Mang Esto as she fondly called her boss. “ He was such a nice person. He never raised his voice. He was easy to work with,’ she said. ”
Another memorable event was the series of night outs Gina experienced after office hours. She and other employees would gather for a clean fun at night clubs then, except for people from accounting and the plants. Magkakabarkada ang turingan ng maraming empleyado nuon sa Resins, “ she said.
Other happy times were the Christmas parties, the outings and the bonuses, which management was so generous to share, sometimes even twice or thrice a year. Gina said that management was generous and so employee-oriented that made many employees feel comfortable and loyal to the company.
“ Kapag tinatype ko iyong announcement, gigil na gigil ako, pero siyempre di ko muna ikinakalat ito until my boss said so,” Gina pointed out.
A graduate of San Carlos University in Cebu, Gina then joined Esso and later Philoil before moving to Resins in 1974. This Davao-born lady opted to live in the US in 1985 after her mother petitioned her to take residence in California. She now works as a paralegal in the law firm, Hinshaw & Culberston, based in Los Angeles.
Gina came home to Manila following her aunt’s death. Her last visit was in 2004.