Thank you, Tatang!

PHOTO CONTENT: Tatang Henry Sy Sr. (right) was recognized by Go Negosyo as the Big Brother of Filipino Entrepreneurs during its first summit in February 2006. Also in photo are PA Joey Concepcion and then president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Last Saturday morning, the business community was saddened to know the passing of Mr. Henry Sy Sr., one of the country’s top businessmen and founder of the SM Group of companies. Fellow Go Negosyo entrepreneurs and partners mourn his passing and relived their encounters with him.

Let me share one special encounter I had with Mr. Sy, more fondly called Tatang.

In 2005, I, together with like-minded entrepreneurs banded together to form Go Negosyo, an advocacy promoting poverty alleviation through entrepreneurship. Some of our trustees then include Esther Vibal (Vibal Publishing), Socorro Ramos (National Bookstore) and Harley Sy (SM Group), among others. Harley is one of Tatang’s children who is also leading the company to greater heights.