SGV Alumni Newsletter
Volume I, Series 2010, October

Message from WS


Looking back to our Firmís early days in 1946, we have indeed come a long, long way. From only a score of dedicated accountants and auditors 64 years ago, we have grown to a formidable community of over 2,000 professionals and about 30,000 SGV Alumni. Our Alumni feature prominently in government, in business, in academia, in media, in social advocacy and community service Ė practically across the nationís variegated tapestry of talent, service, and engagement.

Our excellence in the Philippines resonates throughout East Asia. During the pioneering days of The SGV Group circa 1964 through the 1980ís, we helped nationals of countries in Southeast and East Asia establish professional firms led by their own citizens. Indeed, your Firmís success as a respected audit, tax, and consulting practice in the region spawned the development of SGV-trained Asian nationals who became leaders in their own countriesí profession. Through our various and continuing efforts to remain connected such as this Newsletter, I would like to see our Asian family cross over physical barriers and persist to network, communicate, and meld with one another.

I personally regard the importance of keeping alive our communication channels. Your Firm continues to grow and keep its preeminence in our profession. You need to keep apprised of your Firmís activities, pursuits, and goals. Definitely, leaving the Firmís service does not mean a complete cut-off of knowledge, nexus, and enterprise alongside the Firmís ever-increasing strides to further improve our profession and ourselves.

I hail the efforts of the men and women behind The SGV Alumni Newsletter. Its raison díÍtre is very much fulfilled in keeping our Alumni community a living and growing enterprise.

Message from AMV

Best wishes and compliments to the men and women behind The SGV Alumni Newsletter in this your maiden issue!

Opening and keeping alive our communication channels is an essential requisite in todayís fast-changing yet interconnected world. As members of our dynamic SGV family, the Newsletter provides a common platform to renew ties, to keep in touch, and share experiences. More importantly, I see the Newsletter as the popular medium where we, who may have physically left the Firm but keep the memory alive, can continue to exchange news. Like a vibrant agora, we can harness the Newsletter to give you first-hand information on the work of The SGV Alumni Center as well as Firm activities such as symposia, cultural and environmental events, and the like that you may find of interest to be part of.

I see The SGV Alumni Newsletter bridging the chasm of being apart. Letís keep in touch!

Message from the Chairman

Your Firm values highly the important role of our Alumni in continuing the professional excellence and topnotch standards we have become known for. Throughout the years, your Firm has articulated the need to keep in touch to preserve and evoke in each one of us, SGVís legacy of hard work and excellence. The SGV Alumni Newsletter in tandem with other initiatives such as The SGV Alumni Center and a dedicated website, among others, are the culmination of your Firmís strong desire to stay connected.

We believe that the Firmís involvement with our people team does not end when they leave us. The knowledge and skills you gained at SGV shall continue to remain important, whichever career path or lifestyle you choose.

The SGV Alumni community remains strong, vibrant, and growing. The SGV Alumni Newsletter is a way for us to keep in touch. Our Newsletter aims to keep you apprised of news on Firm and other developments that you may find of interest. Dovetailing with our e-Newsletter is our website ( and The Alumni Center designed especially to keep and renew ties with our SGV family.

To the men and women behind The SGV Alumni Newsletter and on behalf of the SGV partners and principals, may I compliment you in this inspiring enterprise.
Photo shows an artistís perspective of The SGV Alumni Center. At the left is shown a portion of The Store. A Lounge Area and Office complete the Centerís facilities at the 15/F, SGV.
Refurbishment activities nearing fever pitch are ongoing at the 15th Floor, the future home of The SGV Alumni Center. It is the intention of the Firmís partnership, especially its Leadership, to have a permanent office in the SGV Building where Alumni can come, visit, and call ďhomeĒ.

Celebrating our 65 years in 2011, we are readying The SGV Alumni Center to reach out to over 30,000 alumni and welcome them back home. The Alumni Center will be housed inside the refurbished eCafe on the 15th floor and is targeted to start operations in December. Executive Director Puri W. Gonzalez shall be in charge of all activities related to the Alumni. The Center will be the nexus for alumni and shall serve as a one-stop destination for everyone to update their records, ask about other alumni, and obtain SGV keepsakes, among others. It will act as a liaison for alumni who wish to contact another, and will also arrange communication with internal sectors for training and professional development, corporate responsibility, and related opportunities.

Especially for our out-of-town alumni, The SGV Alumni Center may be your provisional office whilst in Makati. A Retired Partnersí Lounge is additionally underway on the 14th floor. Targeting December 2010 as our opening, we encourage our Alumni to visit The SGV Alumni Center and catch up on each other and on Firm developments, especially as we gear up for our 65th Anniversary in 2011.

Corporate Social Responsibility Program

Wash SyCip is shown cutting the ceremonial ribbon to inaugurate Village 88 with beaming GK officials and residents. Partners Becca Sarmenta (last row in dark shirt, 3rd from L), Willie Villanueva (last row with glasses, 3rd from R), and Vic Noel (last row, 2nd from R) happily witness the heart-warming ceremonies at Camarin.
ďSGV is a company that does not only do good work but that is in the business of doing good,Ē Chairman and Managing Partner Vic Noel would say, whenever asked about SGVís role in promoting CSR. People Leader and Admin Head Gerry Sanvictores echoes this sentiment in being a green organization, the core of the Firmís corporate social responsibility initiatives.

At present, the Firm has advanced its work with the ongoing Gawad Kalinga project aptly named Village 88 in Camarin, Caloocan City (see photo on ribbon-cutting ceremonies with WS). The project served as the Firmís 88th birthday gift to SGV Founder Washington SyCip. A total of 53 houses have been turned over to date, and 35 more are works in progress. SGV would want to put up a school inside the village as well as contribute to the long-term livelihood of the community. Moreover, the Firm will soon gear up for a land expansion that the Alumni may use to build additional houses and raise the commitment above 88.

We enjoin the Alumni to join our partners and staff in building more houses to expand Village 88 (see Contact Us box below).