The first legged of the book launching outside Metro Manila of the book entitled “If the Philippines had a Lee Kuan Yew” was held last April 21, 2016 at the Primavera Residences in Uptown Cagayan de Oro City. The book is authored by Dr. Joey P. Leviste, Jr.


The title “If The Philippines Had a Lee Kuan Yew” evokes dashed dreams – a certain disenchanment with our 21st century history as a nation; but it also arouses bright visions – optimism and confidence iin the near future – depending on where you stand in the ideological spectrum.

“Tiger Joey” has assembled a powerful primer – the most incisive collection of vignettes by Filipino scholars and opinion leaders on the singular story of the City-State of Singapore and the leader who made it so. The challenge is not to compare but to be creative – Lee Kuan Yew knew that his country had few natural assets, but he was able to make Singaporeans believe in their potential and bigger role in our globalized world.” an excerpt from the back of the book by Fidel V. Ramos – Former President of the Philippines

The event was attended by special guests and among them is Mr. Antonio Samson the Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) Vice Chairman, Arch. Romolo V. Nati the IDC CEO, Arch. Giovanni Gusella the IDC Senior Adviser. IDC is the developer of Primavera Residences and the upcoming 7 clustered building the Primavera City beside SM City CDO. Dr. Leviste is also the IDC Primo Consiglieri.


During the event we had the chance of listening to some of the book excerpts read by Miss Earth England Katrina Kendall.


At the end part of the program, several books was raffled off and those who have a book got the chance of book signing with the book author himself.



Author: Mike A.