Chinkee Tan

From ‘hawi boy’ to wealthy life coach

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GEORGE VAIL KABRISTANTE

GEORGE VAIL KABRISTANTE

There is a common notion in show business that movie reporters stay far longer than movie stars who come and go like sparkling meteorites falling off from heaven in their most unguarded moment at the drop of a hat.

At the height of mainstream moviemaking, stars and reporters broke bread with one another in a far more personal way, not allowing any kind of professional distance to take place between them.

It’s a way of reminding the stars with a feet of clay thriving on ethereal fame and fortune that they will eventually meet the same reporters on their way down. That previous era now long gone is being taken over by the titanic networks with a new mindset and platforms of their own to advocate.

Of late and by chance, I sneaked into one of the most recent and fully attended wealth and life coaching seminar at Victory Activity Center in Virra Mall Greenhills conducted by Chinkee Tan in rapt holding his listeners in the palm of his hand which he laced with his contagious sense of humor here and there.


To the uninformed millennials, Chinkee was one of the Hawi Boys of the mainstream ’80s who used to shield singer Randy Santiago from crazy fans who would run berserk to take a glimpse of the eyes behind the dark enigmatic eyeglasses.

Chinkee Tan

Chinkee Tan

Unfortunately, the other boys who made a name for themselves as movie actors and entertainers alongside their idol to the present time are no longer visible or viable in terms of their currency value. I once saw them in awe, including Chinkee as comedian catapulting themselves to the top and reaping the fruits of their labor as if picking money gratuitously from trees.

The law of nature, however, pulled all of them down to obscurity. They had it coming, but not for Chinkee who got the better of his own earnings by saving up for his future out of the unstable world of show business.

Sure some of them made much more money than Chinkee did, but his DNA acquired through prudent work ethics instilled in him by his parents prevailed. His Chinese parents used to tell him, “study hard so you can put up your own business,” which was in stark contrast Chinkee said to the preference of most Filipino parents who would rather have their children find a job upon graduation.

From his experience with show business, Chinkee realized it is not how much money one makes but how much money one saves and make it grow in exponential terms.

The nuggets of wisdom or practical how to’s aimed at paving the way for a second chance to the perennially cash-strapped readers in his certified bestseller Till Debt Do Us Part, Practical Steps To Financial Freedom that he gave us is a fresh reprise from some of the cutting edge formulas on how to get rich following the laws of God e.g. tithing and in upholding morals of society. It is in giving that one far more amply receives in return a cornucopia of graces from God.

In his other book For Richer & For Poorer, Chinkee reprises one of the few mantras of success: next to God, love your spouse and your family in words and in deed. The love for money more than relationship is the root of all evil? It’s bad to make a separate account from your spouse; that 80-percent of failed marriages are caused by financial problems; adding from a 1995 SSS study which revealed that at age 65, 45-percent of Filipino senior citizens are dependent on their relatives, 30-percent on charity, 23-percent are still working, and only 2-percent are financially independent.

Chinkee has gamely walked his talk and is now one of the most sought-after motivational speakers here and abroad. He recently returned from a speaking engagement in Dubai and today from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. he is slated to share his expertise together with James Cottle and Fred Sarkari, internationally renown business strategist and bestselling author respectively in Manila’s premier business event billed “Disturbing The Thought Process” at Ascott Bonifacio, Global City Hotel.

Chinkee Tan has come a long way indeed from being a comedian to a much sought-after wealth and life coach.

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