This year’s Bigueño of the Year is Mr. Jose C. Singson, the youngest son of the late former Mayor of Vigan - Maestro Joseling Singson and Caridad Crisologo – Singson. His siblings are public servants which include the late Gov. Titong Singson, Gov. Chavit, Board Member Jerry, Former PCSO Chair Honey Girl de Leon and Mayor Germy Goulart of Caoayan. Even in his younger years, he showed an impressive knack for business as he did house to house selling of boneless bangus, Vigan longganiza and other food products. He was born to an affluent family yet worked hard to become a successful business mogul in the food business, real estate development, electronics and communications, financing, trading trucking and equipment/commercial/ residential leasing. Mr. Singson brought Jollibee, Chowking and Red Ribbon to Vigan. He built Plaza Maestro, a commercial complex named in honor of his father; and Jardin Caridad in honor of his mother. His investments generated employment for many residents of Vigan and neighboring towns; he created downstream industries for other businessmen and helped pave the way for more investments. This improved the economy of our city. In restoring his ancestral home, the Casa Caridad, he made other owners of old Vigan Houses recognize the essence of restoration; many followed what he started. In building the structures for his businesses, he remained faithful to the architectural values that made Vigan the only UNESCO World Heritage City in the Philippines. He never compromised the architectural integrity of Vigan for bigger profits. The following is Mr. Singson’s response after receiving the award during the ABC/Ms. Vigan Night at Plaza Burgos last January 25, 2012:
“Thank you very much for this award and the great honor that goes with it. I deeply appreciate this Bigueño of the Year 2012 Award but it is not for me alone. I share it with all my fellow Bigueños who have made it possible for me to preserve the beautiful cultural heritage of the City of Vigan. I accept this award with mixed emotions of joy, pride and humility. Never in my wildest dreams have I thought of becoming a recipient of this honor especially when this entails a recognition of my entrepreneurial acumen.
From my own hometown and birthplace. it is with equal pride and joy that my humble efforts to preserve the City Landscape is duly recognized. I further acknowledge the praise and recognition accorded by my own beloved City that my work has uplifted the lives of our residents. Tonight’s award is a humbling experience.
I deem my actions as insignificant; I was not aiming to be recognized for the work I have done in the City of my childhood. This award is a graphic manifestation that insignificant acts can have a great impact on other people’s lives. Yes, I am very proud of this award. It brings back fond memories of my happy boyhood years in Vigan and my burning desire to share my modest business success with my fellow Bigueños.
Thank you, Mayor Eva Medina and the City Government. This award will inspire me to think of more ways to serve and improve our people’s lives. A pleasant evening to you all.”