Young entrepreneur, sensible bachelor

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

At 29, he is the chief executive officer of his own international trading company; vice president of one of the country’s biggest trucking and cargo–freight forwarders; general manager of a premier beach club and resort; owner of Cebu’s formidable commercial basketball team; and the youngest member of the Board of Directors of the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Next month, he will be opening his Japanese language school. One would think that his hands are full, but for Mark Anthony Ynoc this is only the beginning.

“I’m a sucker for achievements. I have more goals to reach. On a scale of one to 10, I need to be 11, so I’m way behind schedule,” Mark Anthony Ynoc confessed with a twist of humor. But he is neither a workaholic nor an over-ambitious young man. In fact, he has always maintained a delightful balance of what he considers the five most important elements in life: academics, career or profession, social life, sports, and service to the community.


One can readily understand this kind of drive upon learning the story of how his most idolized person, his own father, created a business empire without any capital.

“My father was a son of a very poor fisherman in San Remegio. And when an opportunity came, he just did everything he could to make it work. So he started the cargo forwarding business with a borrowed Ford Fiera—and Prime Movers Total Logistics just grew and became big. But he was a purpose-driven man and he worked so hard just so he could send his children to school and provide for his family,” Mark confided.

“Being the eldest child and the only son, I have a big responsibility and I won’t let my parents down.” But all work and no play for young Mark?

“Your lifestyle will play a very big role in your business. My parents have always taught us to maintain a modest lifestyle and keep a low profile. When we want to relax, we go to our beach club in San Remegio. And of course, I play basketball and I have my basketball team. I have come to realize that to become successful you have to achieve something really worthwhile—like becoming an instrument of real change, some kind of a ripple effect.”

Barely 30 and it would seem that Mark has attained what others would have taken a lifetime to achieve. But not really. He’s almost 30 and no plans of settling down yet. With his boyish good looks, charming and great personality, and the trappings of a true gentleman, Mark can easily bowl over any young lady’s heart. But Mark remains one of the most eligible bachelors at large.

“I must admit that my mother has so much influence on my choice of looking for the ideal partner in life. She’s a very supportive and caring wife, and the best mother in the world. Now I can believe in the saying that ‘behind every man’s success is the love of a woman’,” Mark said. “I know that the right girl will just come. And for me, the right girl is someone whose beauty will not depreciate through the years.” Very sensible indeed.

It is no surprise that this young bachelor thinks this way. He values his family and he is very close to his parents and to his two younger sisters. The family is very close-knit and God-fearing. They are strong believers that “good begets good and evil begets evil.”

“Never lose your faith and your values,” Mark advised. “If you lose them both, there’s an expiry date of what you can make out of your life.”

While there are many factors to success and every self-made man has his own story, Mark certainly is making his own “mark” in this world. It is never easy because if it were, everybody could just do it. We can see that it takes hard work, perseverance and most of all personal responsibility.

For this sensible young man, his story embodies the goal he has set for himself: to become the captain of his own destiny.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 14, 2014.


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