- Wyden King now runs his businesses around religious values
- The Filipino Anito and Victoria Court motel chain heir has changed the nature of his locales
- They are now family-oriented getaways
Wyden King, one of the heirs to the motel chain empire established by his father Angelo King, changed the entire vision of the family business completely around, in order to align them to his newfound Christian beliefs.
The heir lived a glitzy lifestyle for many years. He explored different beliefs, from New Age to Zen Buddhism, among other spiritual wellness practices. He also had affairs with different women, even though he was married to the same person all that time.
But some 30 years ago, King felt he needed “to surrender his life to God.” By 1992 he had become a Born Again Christian. This implied many changes with his way of life, starting with severing all ties with his lovers and restarting a wholesome relationship with his wife again.
The second step King took was to start changing the nature and style of his business empire.
He felt motels were outlets that enabled "unrighteous business practices". He comments that he “used to bribe a lot of local government officials” in order to help in the promotion of the business, or for them to turn “a blind eye every time we failed to pay our taxes on time,” King recalled.
He also felt motels were “designed to promote illicit affairs, may it be marital or pre-marital,” he said.
King put the business up for sale, but –unhappy with the deals– he then decided to change the nature of the locales themselves. He was also worried about the fate of his around 2,000 employees.
He closes many of the Anito Hotels, and on the other hand started opening several others, aligned with his Christian values and principles.
Between 1998 and 2008, King turned seven of his former Anito Hotel buildings into family-oriented hotels. He also runs a number of student dormitories, a laundry service, a school for low-income families, and a real estate development firm.
He might be a firm Christian himself, but King believes in respecting all religions and beliefs, and does not make any of his employees convert or take aside what they believe in.