MRS. Corazon Lo, known for her moniker as the “Dragon Lady” in the pharmaceutical industry in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental serves as the founder of the chain of drug stores of the Negros Grace Pharmacy (NGP) along with her husband the late Dr. Manuel Lo.
She also co-founded Merzci Pasalubong which is being run by her son Jonathan.
NGP’s first store was in Cadiz City between the years 1968 and 1969.
They later opened at Luzuriaga Street in Bacolod City on Luzuriaga Street.
At the age of 80, she recalls that she always prayed to God that when she placed orders of large volumes of medicines from big pharmaceutical companies before, she will not make mistakes. There were a lot of hardships and struggles in the beginning.
She did not have time to buy for her own personal necessities.
The couple worked hard in making their business grow and expand.
She recalls that if she was to choose between the business and taking care of her sons, she would prefer to spend more time with her boys.
“Even if my hands are tied in the business, I tried to prioritize my children. I even made pharmaceutical agents wait because my children were my priority. I know it was impossible for me to be a hands-on mother like to teach them in their school assignments” she said.
But since her husband also needs her in their business, she equally divided her time being with her husband and helped him run the business and at the same time, take care of their three boys.
“I recalled that I cannot even attend to buy my personal needs before because time was so precious to our business. My husband will just ask somebody to buy it for me,” she said.
She tried to be a supportive wife and business partner of Dr. Lo by faithfully attending to the pharmacy.
Their company was founded with integrity, honesty and hard work.
On a personal note, Mrs. Lo plays the piano well. One of her masterpieces is “Somewhere in time.”
She prayed that we all walk according to God’s pathway and obey His words.
“Nothing more than a united family and good health for me,” she said.