Monday, August 2, 2010
Wise words from Washington Sycip
Unbeknownst to the man, I used to work in several of his companies (MacroAsia-Eurest and MacroAsia Corp.) as an administrative officer, here's an excerpt from an article that I just read that defines his character.
At age 89, renowned Filipino accountant-philanthropist Washington Sycip has seemingly perfect vision and a crystal clear memory. As he sits on his svelte swivel chair, one can see an oak table filled with books and broadsheets that fill his daily news diet.He wants to go beyond just making money – Sycip found purpose in helping those who are in need. He has a 3-pronged approach to reducing poverty – better access to basic education, microfinance and health services.
“The objective is to reduce poverty because if the nation is poor, a democracy doesn’t work,” Sycip said.
He singles out his education-related philanthropic engagements as “the most demanding of the non-paying jobs I have. There is a perfect correlation between poverty and education.”
Sycip finds an appropriate symbol for hope in the country’s future in his favorite brass sculpture in the office – the “Tree of Life” designed by a young Filipino engineer.
"The Filipino of many talents cannot die. There's a future if there's proper leadership," he said.
Asian Institute of Management: Kaiser Naseem, Tony Tan Caktiong, Robert Chandran, Washington Sycip Graduate School of Business