|Washington Sycip (second from right) accepts an architectural rendering of the site development plan for the proposed Washington Sycip Garden of Native Trees.
MANILA, Philippines - About 90 species of native trees will be planted at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman campus to honor the founder of the country's biggest accounting firm, Washington Sycip, on his belated 90th birthday celebration.
In a recent ceremonial tree planting activity, Sycip marked the launch of the project with UP Diliman chancellor Caesar Saloma, San Beda College Alumni Foundation Inc. (SBCAFI) president Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, Dr. Noemi Bellosillo of the Department of Education (DepEd), and Daniel Zuellig, director of Bridgebury Realty Corp., owner and developer of the Zuellig Building.
"Let's work together to raise the standards of education in the Philippines so that, ten years from now, as we see how the trees have grown in this garden, attention to the public school system will also have been increased," said Sycip, who is also a product of the public school system for elementary and high school.
Zuellig, for his part, said: "The proposed Washington Sycip Garden of Native Trees celebrates Mr. Sycip's lifelong dedication to growth through education and business development. These trees will also stand to support and promote the conservation of local biodiversity and protection of the environment, which can greatly contribute to a nation's success."
"This garden is our way of motivating and guiding our youth to strive toward making this planet a better place to live for future generations," he added.
The garden, designed by UP landscape architects Lou Vincent Licerio and Jose Luis Salazar, will be developed behind the carillon, in between the UP Film Center and the UP Theater by Magsaysay Avenue. Planting of the trees will commence in early 2012.
The 90 species of trees will be sourced through the SBCAFI, a partner of the DepEd in implementing its National Greening Program.