SGVâ€™s SyCip leads Tsinoy professional, business, civic leaders given Jose Rizal Awards for Excellence. World-known management and corporate-governance expert Washington Z. SyCip led the 14 outstanding Chinese-Filipinos and one civic corporation that received on Saturday the Sixth Jose Rizal Awards for Excellence (JRAE) from The Manila Times and Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran Inc. With Chief Justice Reynato Puno as the keynote speaker, the award ceremonies were held in the auditorium of the Awat Keng Auditorium in the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center on Anda and Cabildo streets in Intramuros, Manila.
SyCip, founder of SyCip Gorres & Velayo Inc. and one of the original brains behind the Asian Institute of Management, received the JRAEâ€™s Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service.
Architect Robert Carag Ong received the Professional Services Award for Architecture.
McDonaldâ€™s George T. Yang got the Special Award for Business & Entrepreneurship.
Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap was given a special citation for government service.
The nationwide Association of Philippine Volunteer Fire Brigades, Incorporated, whose membership is mainly made up of Tsinoys, received JRAEâ€™s Special Award for Public Service.
The Arts & Culture excellence award went to the painter Charlie S. Co.
The Business & Entrepreneurship award was given to Standard Appliances Corporation founder Siy Yap (Yap Chua Siy).
Community Service awards went to Co Tec Tai and John Kua Tan.
Ateneo de Davao Universityâ€™s Dr. Macario D. Tiu got the Education award.
Francis Jao Kong received the Journalism award.
Dr. Kenneth Hartigan Go and Dr. Isidro C. Sia both got the Medicine Award.
The Sports award went to 14-year-old Chess Grandmaster Wesley B. So.
Every awardee honored is not only a model of excellence in his field. He has also contributed in a remarkable way to the countryâ€™s growth and development.
The Jose Rizal Awards for Excellence project honors outstanding Chinese-Filipinos, or Tsinoys, as paragons of excellence, patriotism and concern for the community like the most famous and respected Filipino of Chinese descent, Dr. Jose Rizal.
The Manila Times, the oldest national daily newspaper in the country, and Kaisa Para Sa Kaunlaran Inc., a leading Tsinoy foundation, have been partners since the projectâ€™s inception in 2002.