SGV celebrates 70 years of strength, growth and vision

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Over 6,000 SGV professionals dressed in their best formal attire attended the 70th SGV Staff Anniversary Party on 11 July at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The event was punctuated by flashbacks of the Firm’s many milestones and memories over the last seven decades. Highlights of the event included the recognition of our outstanding people who earned promotions and awards from the past fiscal year. Joining the celebrations were SGV Founder Mr. Washington SyCip, EY Global Chair and Chief Executive Officer Mark Weinberger, EY Regional Managing Partner for ASEAN Max Loh, EY Global Delivery Services leaders, retired partners and special guests.

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Country Managing Partner-Designate Itos Cruz formally welcomed the audience to the first part of the anniversary celebrations, where the much-awaited staff promotions were announced. The latter part of the anniversary party kicked off with a performance of SGV’s Got Talent Season 5 finalists, volunteers and partners who danced through the decades from the 1940s to the present. Chairman and Managing Partner Vic Noel then delivered an inspiring message, followed by a celebratory speech from Mark Weinberger.

After a special video presentation in honor of his 95th birthday, Mr. SyCip gave an inspiring message to the SGV staff. He shared, “At 95, it is not always easy to be optimistic, but I want to tell all of you here that you’ll be proud that you’re an alumni of SGV. We are one of the fastest growing in Asia. This will further repeat as the years go by. And our cooperation with the neighboring countries will further increase. I’m proud to be an alumni of SGV.”

Twelve new partners were welcomed into the partnership: Chin Say-Mendoza, Gen Arevalo, Noli Elle, Gaile Macapinlac, Carlo Manalang, AZ Zaragoza III, Jay Ballesteros, Marga Mallari, Saha Bulagsak, Vic de Dios, Din Marco-Go and TL Guanzon.

Also called on stage were individuals and teams who received Special Awards for their outstanding performance in FY 16. Loyalty awardees and top placers from the October 2015 and May 2016 CPA board and November 2015 bar examinations were likewise recognized. In a special tribute, the SGV staff thanked and honored retiring partner Daks Balili.

The celebrations were punctuated with exciting raffle prizes and high-energy performances.

The staff anniversary party was followed by a thrilling after-party where the staff were entertained by beatbox performer Neil Llanes, KZ Tandingan, Up Dharma Down and DJ Tom Taus.

Happy 70th anniversary, SGV!