I’ve been involved in projects in the past which have managed to achieve some recognition at an international level. I cannot recall any that were more difficult to achieve than this, due to issues which had to be overcome, some of which are ongoing, which were unrelated to the core business of building a resort (my retirement home really).
This project has cost me friendships, strained my familial relationships, damaged my health and at times I have almost lost my sense of humor along with my temper. It is possible that I could have been considered to be ever so slightly demanding and tightly strung even before this adventure began.
It is true that out of adversity comes opportunity, and situations that have brought out the worst in some nonetheless have inspired others to produce their best. With a full time work force of about 100, it seems as though the entire population of the Philippines are somehow involved in this project. Most of them would like to see it succeed, but company policy unfortunately requires them to obstruct all efforts made to avail of the service they are intended to provide, and bind us in red tape a meter wide. But those who work here have been shown a different way, and may lead others into a more flexible future.
This award is unexpected but welcomed, in that it might generate more business for us; and dangerous in that it might encourage us to relax. We must not allow that because we are only excellent in comparison with the accepted local standards, and not the standard we have set for ourselves of developing a resort which meets the unrealistically demanding expectations of its owner.