Leaving a Legacy


What legacy would you like to leave behind? Now that I am in my mid-50s, leaving a legacy has been a topic of conversation among my friends. As part of my life’s work, this personal legacy develops from a life dedicated to self-reflection and purpose.  

I want to be remembered as someone who has made a positive contribution to the world. It may not be a monumental impact but a more modest legacy that will be remembered by those whose lives I have touched. 

For now, my purpose legacy is my family, as they are my priorities. I hope that I am creating a legacy of a wonderful wife, a caring mother, a good daughter and a loving sister. As my hubby Dennis and I celebrate our 25thwedding anniversary this year, we continue to build this legacy as a growing family. 

Henry Sy was a sponsor at my wedding

We are honored that one of our ninongs at our wedding was the late, great mall tycoon Henry “Tatang” Sy, Sr., who was very close to my mother’s family. At our 20thwedding anniversary, we were so delighted that Tatang’s son, Harley Sy, was one of our ninongs. We are looking forward to having Tessie Sy-Coson as our ninang for our grand celebration this year.  

Harley Sy was a sponsor at our 20th anniversary mass

It is a wonderful story how delightfully our two families are intertwined. In his early 20s, Henry Sy married Felicidad Tan-Sy. My grandfather Vicente Rufino was his only ninong at his wedding. According to my mother Marixi Prieto, Lolo Vicente came down from his vacation in Baguio City to attend Henry’s wedding. Tatang was quite close to my Lolo, visiting him in his office then located in Avenue Building in Avenida Rizal in Manila. 

As most people know, Tatang started his business in 1958 with a small shoe store that was based in Quiapo in Manila. Lolo Vicente was his first landlord. It was this store which formed the foundation for the holding corporation, SM Prime Holdings. The shoe store struck gold and went on to be SM Quiapo, one of the largest SM department stores at that time. From there, the story is well known, with SMs becoming a word meaning mall.

Tatang always kept in mind what his parents instilled in him – the value of discipline and hard work. These he has successfully passed on to his six children, who are now among those leading his various businesses.His business acumen extended to mentoring future tycoons, offering his fatherly advice on many occasions. 

I love that the Sy family has so many ways of giving back to society. Just one of many is SM Foundation’s college scholarship program, started in 1993 with 100 scholars. To date, it has supported almost 4,000 scholars, covering full tuition and monthly allowances. Scholars can work at the SM Stores to earn extra income.

Tatang always believed that “education is the great equalizer.” For him, one of the most impactful ways to make a difference in a community is through helping a student attain a college degree – its multiplier effect goes on as that graduate eventually becomes capable of helping his family, the company he will work for, and society as a whole. 

Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Since 2004, SM Malls has partnered with international feng shui master Marites Allen for the annual CNY feng shui forecast. Marites presents her extravaganza to SM shoppers in more than 20 locations. She also gives her followers a chance to ask feng shui-related questions, and shares prosperity tips for free during those mall events.

Henry Sy Sr, Wash Sycip , Sea Princess and Marites Allen at Wash book launch

Marites is honored to have the opportunity to share her expertise to the public and delighted that SM stages the event with festive Chinese décor and colorful staging. Check out her Frigga Charmed Life shops in various SM Malls and follow her on Instagram @maritesallen to view her mall tour this month. Also visit www.frigga.com.phfor more info.

Tootsie Angara, Marites Allen and Pie Alvarez

Last week, I attended the launch of Arton Capital and EnterPH. They recently formeda new partnership that will allow Filipinos to engage in investment programs for second residency and citizenship-by-investments in North America, the Caribbean, and Europe.  

The partnership was launched in an exclusive two-part eventlast week at the Grand Hyatt Manila. A media briefing was held in the afternoon, while potential investors and other stakeholders were invited for dinner. 

Arton Capital empowers individuals and families to become global citizens by investing in second residency and citizenship in countries including Canada, the United States, Antigua and Barbuda, Portugal, Bulgaria, and Malta. Soon, the firm will launch operations in Montenegro.  

In the last five years, the Canadian financial advisory firm’s global operations have attracted more than US$4 billion in foreign direct investment. Arton Capital is the trusted partner and expert to eleven governments around the world.

Armand Arton, founder and president of Arton Capital, shared that the Philippines launch is a very important leg of their Asian campaign. Aside from Arton, among the officials from Arton Capital who flew in from Dubai to attend the Philippine launch were Philippe May, VP Head of Asia Pacific, and Lorenzo Jooris, VP Global Growth & Strategy.  

In the Philippines, Arton Capital’s newly certified partneris EnterPH, a business consultancy firm co-founded by Atty. Rocky Chan and Rene “RJ” Ledesma, Jr., honorary consul of Monaco, who is also EnterPH’s vice president for business development. The firm specializes in investor relations, helping companies conveniently establish an enterprise in the Philippines.  

During the event, the local partners expounded on EnterPH’s services that include business registration, product registration, accounting, payroll, staffing, tax consulting, and HR consulting.Among noted individuals who at the launch were DTI Sec.Ramon Lopez, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, Consul General of Bulgaria Rene Ledesma, Consul General of MonacoFortune Ledesma, and Consul General of Montenegro Vanessa Pastor Ledesma. For more information on Arton Capital’s second residency and citizenship programs, contact EnterPH through email info@enterph.com or mobile at +63918 9382602.

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