CEO IN FOCUS: Angela de Villa-Lacson, Arthaland Corporation

Why Green?
Green is the new luxury. That’s the Arthaland campaign. Its future proof by design. We think about our future, our planet, the next generations – and its all encompassing. With the onset of climate change and the recent calamities, people started to think green and be one with the environment.

What’s the best piece of advise you have received?
Forgive and move on.

What key goal, given the success you have now, that you have to achieve?
Build my own house. I build buildings and they are interesting. It’s a goal that I want to do for my children. My work goal is still in the making, its making Arthaland grow.

What is your favourite quote?
“What doesn’t kill you, will help you grow.” I also like “everything happens for a reason.”

Who is the one person you would like to meet?
Pope Francis. And another one is George Clooney, though he is already engaged. With Pope Francis, I will have to find a way to see him in Rome.

What will you say to your 20-year old self?
That’s difficult but when I was 20, I was an achiever but very introverted. I would like to say ‘explore, travel and learn.’ There will always be exciting things to learn that can change your life. Be brave.

What inspires you most?
Family doing things together and enjoying themselves. Simple. Not lofty, its practical. Seeing families spending time together and enjoying time with each other, that inspires me. I feel happiest when I am doing things together with my children. Meanwhile, for work, I am inspired how the old cities were planned. It teaches me a lot – what works and what doesn’t work.

Posted in Issue 2.