November 10, 2007
Manila Film Premiere: The
Call of the Entrepreneur
From left to right: Bobby Laviña, BCBP president, Fr.
Robert Sirico, Acton Institute president and Ramon Lopez,
PCE executive director
Media, the Friedrich Naumann
Foundation (FNF) and the Brotherhood
of Christian Businessmen and Professionals
(BCBP) hosted the
Manila film premiere of The
Call of the Entrepreneur
on 10 November 2007 at the Ateneo
Professional Schools, Makati City.
The film looks into the lives of three different entrepreneurs:
a merchant banker, a dairy farmer and a refugee from China. In
discussing the role of individuals in creating wealth, the film
dispels the criticism that entrepreneurs are
“greedy capitalists,” and that business and Christian
ethics are incompatible. On the contrary, it shows that entrepreneurship
is a morally legitimate vocation, producing ideas and innovations
that benefit humanity.
FNF Resident Representative Siegfried Herzog welcomes the
After the film showing, Fr. Robert Sirico, president of Acton Institute
for the Study of Religion and Liberty, discussed the rationale behind
the film. “It is important that people understand and value
the role business people play in our economy,” said Fr. Sirico.
“Without the coordinating institution of entrepreneurship
the poor will not have their needs met
and societies will not have their hope for the future.”
The film premiere capped off the two day visit of Fr. Sirico
and Acton Executive Director Kris Mauren. While in the Philippines,
they had met with the Center
for Research and Communication, the BCBP, the Foundation for
Economic Freedom, the Philippine
Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE), the Bishops-Businessmen’s
Conference for Human Development and religious educators.
“Economic freedom is a key advocacy of the Friedrich Naumann
Foundation,” Siegfried Herzog, FNF resident representative,
pointed out. “That’s a concern we share with the Acton
Institute. The Call of the Entrepreneur
teaches us that
is not just useful from a utilitarian
standpoint, but that it has its own intrinsic moral justification
– it’s the precondition for people to develop their
as human beings,” he added.
“This is brought out by the emphasis on the creative side
of entrepreneurship. Liberalism and the Church have often had an
uneasy relationship. We are glad that we had this opportunity to
work together with the Acton Institute on a positive advocacy that
is imbued by deeply held shared values,” he concluded.