Striking a balance-A A +A
Sunday, September 15, 2013
ARRON QUE, a management trainee of Golden Prince Hotel, was born in the United States. His Filipino parents, Allan and Lily Que, sent him to New Zealand for his high school and college education and for the purer air there.
AFTER he finished his business management course, he had his on-the-job training in Singapore, working with the Singapore Youth Olympics, a big sports event in that island state.
He was in charge of food and beverage, and of logistics. When the event closed, he started job-hunting in Singapore. Then his uncle, Benedict Que, president of Golden Prince Hotel and Suites, asked him to come over to Cebu and help in the family business. He readily agreed and has been in Cebu since 2010.
Aaron speaks fluent Cebuano without an accent so one would think he is Cebuano-born and -bred. But he says he did have an accent and a difficulty in speaking the language in his early days in Cebu. He has gotten over that. It took him time also to adjust to the work which is run on a day-to-day basis while his college background was more project-oriented.
He has also gotten over the difference in the local culture and the places where he grew up: There the culture is task-oriented while here, the culture is people-oriented.
“It is good,” he remarks, “to strike a balance between the two. We are starting to professionalize, to be more task-oriented without taking the warmth of the people.”
The warmth is particularly important because for the company, the “golden brand of hospitality” is to give uncompromising service.
Aaron is also a management trainee for Golden Prince’s sister hotel, Golden Valley, in downtown Cebu, in the middle of the university hub of the city, and of the city’s cultural and historical sights.
He is also sales and marketing specialist for both properties, which will be celebrating their anniversaries—the seventh for Golden Prince and the 18th for Golden Valley—on Sept. 20 with an all-day health forum at Golden Prince
Aaron is only 24 years old and a bachelor, with no plans of getting hitched in the near future. He jogs and plays basketball and badminton. He also enjoys watching sports events and is very much into photography and videography. In fact he sometimes makes short films, mostly action ones, just for fun and for family viewing.
In the long term, Aaron says that when learns enough skills and experiences in running a business he just might start his own. Right now, he is learning the expertise that will be valuable for him in whatever he may undertake “in the distant future.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 16, 2013.