MANILA - For some bosses, their legacy is defined by the decisions they made. For others, it is about the lives they touched. Business icon Washington Sycip, who passed away on October 7, left behind a legacy of both wise decisions and changed lives.
Many remember him for his mentorship and economic contributions to the country.
Tycoon Andrew Tan of Alliance Global had fond memories of Sycip.
"When I was a young student, I already looked forward to meeting him. He was like a godfather to all of us accounting students. In the later part of my life, whenever we met, he always had words of wisdom to share with me," said Tan.
Businessman George Barcelon, who is also the current president of Philippine Chamber and Commerce Industry, said Sycip was never stingy in giving business advice.
"He'll ask how business is, and then give several ideas on how to improve," Barcelon said.
Barcelon also admired him for his energy and thirst for travel.
"Amazing for his age, he travels a lot. Either I meet him in forums or in airports," he added
Businessman Enrique "Endika" Aboitiz Jr., whose family owns one of the country's largest conglomerates, said Sycip acted as an ambassador for the Philippines.
"A tireless world traveler who represented our country and our economy in various fora all over the globe," Aboitiz said of Sycip.
Aboitiz also looked up to Sycip for his integrity.
"Most men choose principal over principle. I think Wash was one of the few that chose principle over principal," he added.
For others, Sycip was not just a boss or mentor but a best friend.
"Mr. Washington SyCip has left a vacuum in my life that is somehow difficult to fill," said his long-time secretary Sylvia Sanchez.
"He was also like a father caring for his children, making sure that their future will be bright," Sanchez said.
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