Wilson Lee Flores is a writer, economics/politics/geopolitics analyst, college teacher, historian, poet, real estate entrepreneur, bakery cafe owner, art collector, moneylender and foodie. He is often invited as guest speaker by organizations, universities, schools, TV or radio shows. He has been interviewed by diverse local and international media on economics, politics, geopolitics, business and other issues.
He is a columnist of the “Philippine Star” newspaper. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilson Lee Flores has won three Palanca literary awards. He has won a record 13 Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) from “Best Business Column” to “Best Opinion Column”, including two CMMA Hall of Fame Awards.
He has been elected past director of Unyon Ng Mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) or the Philippine Writers Union.
He has authored five books on business published by the De La Salle University Press.
Although his paternal forebears were 19th century to early 20th century philanthropists and pioneer lumber entrepreneurs, his side of the family didn’t inherit wealth. Wilson Lee Flores is a real estate investor and entrepreneur who started out without capital first as assistant purchasing manager of a realty firm and in 1995 becoming a real estate broker who achieved record sales. He has since donated public schools to poor rural areas of the Philippines as well as to other socio-civic and cultural causes.
Due mainly to his passion for history and love of good foods, Wilson Lee Flores bought the historic, artisanal, wood-fired brick oven style Kamuning Bakery Cafe in Quezon City in December 2013 as a real estate investment. He observed operations for one month and then took over management to revive it starting January 2014, turning around its business to profitability and growth. He restored and re-opened its old cafe on March 20, 2015.
He started in September 2015 the non-partisan, issues-focused and tertulia-inspired “Pandesal Forum” where leaders and newsmakers dialogue with media and intellectuals at Kamuning Bakery Cafe. He is also the moderator of the Pandesal Forum.
He is also honorary chairman of the Anvil Business Club, after having been elected a record three times as president and two times as chairman, then he declined re-election because he believes an organization can only grow more dynamic if officers give way to new set of younger leaders.
Anvil Business Club is an organization of young ethnic Chinese entrepreneurs with goals of promoting civic consciousness, traditional Confucian moral values, entrepreneurial courage and professional excellence.
While chairman of Anvil Business Club, he proposed the donation of a life-sized granite Confucius monument to the Chinese Garden of the Rizal Park in Manila as tribute to teachers of the world and to honor the moral values of the teacher and philosopher Confucius, he sought the assistance of then Tourism Secretary Ace Durano to arrange the finalization of this donation.
He is also one of Anvil’s representatives to the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCII).
In 2016, he was elected director of the Quezon City Tourism Council, director of the Quezon City Chamber of Commerce & Industry, director of the 50-year-old Filipino Chinese Bakery Association, Inc. (FCBAI).
He studied prep one and two at Manila’s Chiang Kai Shek College, where he won in the watercolor painting competition with his tiger work.
He studied grade school and high school at Grace Christian High School (now Grace Christian College) where he was features editor of the school newspaper the “Grace Journal”, where he was also grand prize winner at both the General Information competition and the Bible competition, where he was also playwright and director of the senior high school theater project.
He studied Management Economics then after over 20 units of economics, he shifted to Legal Management at the Ateneo de Manila University where he was managing editor and columnist of the college newspaper “The Guidon”, founding president of the multi-awarded Celadon organization, writer of poems for the Ateneo’s “Heights” literary journal, writer of Tagalog poems and feature articles for the Filipino-language college newspaper “Matanglawin” and writer for the “Icarus” journal of the Political Society of the Ateneo, editor of the Spanish class journal “La Herencia”. He also took two elective classes of painting at the Ateneo.
While a college student at the Ateneo, his poems in English, Filipino and some Spanish were published in the university’s “Heights”, “Matanglawin”, “La Herencia”, also in non-campus national publications such as the “Caracoa” poetry journal and “Midweek” magazine edited by top poet Jose “Pete” F. Lacaba. As a freshman college student, he was also a top finalist in the “Asiaweek” short story writing competition.
He took special classes in economics at Beijing University (also known as Peking University), where he was elected president of their foreign students’ association and received his short course diploma at the Diaoyutai Guesthouse.
As a symbol of the ancient bond of friendship and historic ties between the Philippines and China, Wilson Lee Flores also proposed the construction of a Dr. Jose Rizal monument in his ancestral village of Siongque (spelled as “Zgang-guo” based on the Mandarin pronunciation of the village name) in Jinjiang City, Fujian province, south China. He and his late uncle Tulay Foundation, Inc. Chairman Manuel O. Chua had earlier researched and verified the ancestral village of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.
He is fluent in English, Filipino, Hokkien (Min-nan), Mandarin; he also studied the Spanish language in high school, college and at the Instituto Cervantes.