A leader who rose from the ranks, a man with many achievements, relentless in achieving his goals, resilient in living his dreams and vision.
He is well-known as a businessman, and to say a successful businessman is an understatement. He is a very successful businessman.
He is the proprietor of VS Gripal Rice Mill, one of the biggest state-of-the-art rice mills in Nueva Ecija. This rice mill even suffered a fire tragedy many years ago, but he was able to resuscitate and even grow it successfully.
He founded the Philippine Bio-Energy Crops Corporation, a supplier of clean bio-fuel.
He is the president and chairman of VMars Solar Energy Corporation, a pioneering renewable energy business in Nueva Ecija, involving billions of pesos in capital and foreign investment.
He is also the proprietor of Alesso Fitness Gym and Rocks Car Services.
People empowerment being one of his advocacies, he founded the MKS Advanced Training Institute, which partnered with TESDA in providing vocational courses scholarships to qualified San Jose City residents.
In the political arena and public service, he started as Barangay Councilor in 1989. During his tenure in that service, he donated all his barangay salaries to the barangay tanods, and even augmented it with his personal funds. Thereafter, he served as a city councilor, where he sponsored bills geared towards public service. When he served as San Jose City's Vice Mayor from 2007 to 2010, he spearheaded several projects even if he didn't have funding from the city coffers. One of his projects was women empowerment through small-scale industries, where women at the barangays were trained to make soap & herbal medicine, taught haircutting skills, backyard vegetable gardening, yellow corn production and training, and organic fertilizer production.
Our guest speaker is someone who says "never give up" when he has a goal, even if the road to that goal may be bumpy. That perseverance is reflected even in his political career. He is a man of many admirable qualities despite his stature: humble, approachable, charitable, grounded.
For all his success in business and politics, he always acknowledges the significance of his better half, his wife Veronica, or better known as ate Viring. He attributes the success of the businesses mentioned earlier not only to himself, but to themselves as a couple. A loving husband and family man, indeed.