LOOKBACK: Sycip's thoughts on life, business and faith in the Filipino


Posted at Oct 08 2017 04:38 PM

MANILA - Tycoon and philanthropist Washington Sycip passed away at the age of 96 on Sunday, leaving behind a monumental legacy in Philippine business. 

ABS-CBN News had interviewed Sycip on several occasions, where he shared his philosophy in business, life, his faith in the ability of Filipinos, and the problems facing the country. 

Speaking to ANC's Cathy Yang in 2015, Sycip shared his efforts to provide credit to the poorest Filipinos so they could send their children to school. 

Sycip said he was a firm believer in the power of education to lift people out of poverty.

He also said that despite their status in life, poor Filipinos were more honest than the rich, and always paid what they owed. 

In 2013, Sycip also told ANC's Headstart his views on democracy and overpopulation, which he said were preventing the Philippines from realizing its full potentials. 

"If I were to be frank with you, 2 of the assets that we were told we had that would lead us to be a country in East Asia next to Japan, have become our liability," Sycip said. 

In the same interview, Sycip also shared his observations about former presidents Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, Fidel Ramos, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Noynoy Aquino. 

Sycip also talked about his most important legacies to the Philippines in an interview with Ces Oreña Drilon in 2012.

He said that education, particularly the establishment of the Asian Institute of Management, was one of his proudest accomplishments. He said he was also proud of his role in nurturing the Business Process Outsourcing industry in the country. 

A career in modelling was probably unlikely for a businessman his age. But in 2015, a local clothing brand approached him for a photo shoot. Sycip agreed on the condition that the fee for the shoot go to his chosen charity. 

Earlier this year, Sycip was also interviewed by ANC's Michelle Ong. The tycoon's desk was decorated with figures of owls and turtles. Sycip explained his apparent affinity for these animals.