Antonio Ong Guat, the founder of Bohol Quality Store

From Sunday Post
I pay my sincerest condolences to Antonio Ong Guat, the founder of Bohol Quality Store. My family especially my late Mom owed a lot of gratitude to him. Little is known of the fact that my Mom as a school teacher, was making school teaching charts with her crude rubber printing set. I used to accompany her to Tagbilaran to buy her supplies at Bohol Quality Store, and bought her supplies direct from Ong Guat. Suki niya si Ong Guat to the point that he would attend to her when she goes to the store. In fact, nagpapautang pa siya ni Mom, which she paid when she sold her teaching materials to the new teachers.

I suggest that the provincial and city governments should honor Ong Guat with a posthumous award in recognition of his efforts to be the founder of a business empire in Bohol, which has presently employed thousands of Boholanos presently. I think everybody agrees that his store sparked business to its fullest heights today.

Fred Ong and his wife Babs Gonzaga were good friends of my younger brother Casty.

The growth of Bohol Quality Store to what it is today, is a tribute to the pioneering efforts and sacrifices of their father and of course, which was expanded by Fred Ong and family.

Their success is a trailblazer and an eyeopener to Boholanos with humble beginnings.