Tributes pour in for business icon Washington SyCip

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) — Tributes from tycoons and politicians continued to pour in Monday a day after business icon Washington SyCip passed away.

SyCip, 96, was one of the founders of SGV & Co., one of the biggest and most sought-after accounting firms in the country.

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SyCip's decades of influence in the business industry was evident in the tributes paid to him by colleagues and people he mentored.

Teresita Sy-Coson, chairperson of the BDO Private Bank, Inc. and the SM Investments Corporation, said SyCip "has been a highly valued adviser to the Board of Directors of BDO Unibank" and will be remembered for his guidance over the years.

Makati Business Club (MBC) Chairman Edgar Chua said the organization was "honored to honor" SyCip with a special award for his wise stewardship of the MBC vision.

"Mr. SyCip always wanted to help others and the country and on receiving his award, turned everyone's attention to Marawi, underscoring his concern with a personal donation," Chua said.

SyCip was a trustee of MBC from 1981 to 1994.

Ayala Corp.'s Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala said SyCip's death "marks a generational shift for the Philippine business community."

"He was dedicated to the Philippines across a spectrum of social and economic issues and he will leave a lasting legacy of progressive engagement on national issues. He was a mentor and guide but, most importantly, he was a friend," Ayala said.

Other politicians and personalities also paid tribute to SyCip.