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John Gokongwei, Jr. Opens Technology Center at La Salle's Laguna Campus

The Gokongwei Brothers Foundation focuses on education in the fields of science and engineering.
IMAGE LISA GOKONGWEI CHENG; UBISOFT PHILIPPINES
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Taipan John Gokongwei, Jr. visited the Laguna campus of De La Salle University this morning.

The 92-year-old founder and chairman emeritus of JG Summit was there to tour the center he helped support through the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation.

The John Gokongwei Innovation Center (JGIC), which was established by Gokongwei’s endowment to the school, is located in the school’s Science and Technology Complex.


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In the center, a plaque that honors the business magnate and philanthropist reads:

In Honor of John L. Gokongwei, Jr.

John L. Gokongwei, Jr. graduated from the De La Salle University with a degree in Master of Business Administration in 1977. After his father died, Gokongwei at age 15 stepped up to support his mother and siblings by peddling soap, thread, and candles along the streets of Cebu on his bicycle. At age 31 in 1957, he started a cornstarch plant that went on to become Universal Robina Corporation, one of the country’s largest food and beverage companies.

Gokongwei expanded his business and founded JG Summit Holdings, Inc. and Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc., two of the most diversified Filipino conglomerates and key players in various sectors, including air transportation, banking, food manufacturing, hotels, petrochemicals, power generation, real estate, telecommunications, and retail.

Understanding the importance of education in nation-building, Gokongwei, through the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, strongly advocated the advancement of the education sector, particularly in the fields of science and engineering. The Foundation empowers youth through scholarship programs, supports reputable academic institutions, and creates synergies geared toward uplifting the Filipino.

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The Foundation’s long-standing relationship with De La Salle University is a continuous effort to pursue excellence in education for the betterment of society.


JGIC is set to be a “major hub of multimedia gaming revolution and interactive entertainment in the ASEAN region.” The center houses Ubisoft Philippines’ office. As a partner of DLSU, the international gaming giant co-develops the curriculum of the university’s game development program.

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In 2016, Ubisoft opened its second production hub in Southeast Asia with Ubisoft Philippines. The game studio co-develops the video game company’s flagship games including Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Skull & Bones, For Honor, and The Crew 2. Currently, the building houses over 100 local Ubisoft engineers and designers.

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With this center, De La Salle University and Ubisoft Philippines hope to make the Philippines a center of gaming development. The university plans to do so by offering programs that allow Filipino to gain access to specific skills and technologies. Some graduates are also offered jobs within Ubisoft Philippines. Below, a tour of the new space.

The entrance to Ubisoft Philippines’ sprawling office.


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A bright blue slide which starts from the second floor offers an alternative to taking the stairs.


The studio has several floor-to-ceiling windows.


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It houses over 100 local Ubisoft engineers and designers.


The office has seating areas for meetings or to unwind.


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