WS Park unveils Crane and Turtle Garden
Last Valentine’s Day, the Tsuruki En (The Crane and Turtle Garden) was unveiled in the Washington SyCip Park. The Japanese garden was named after traditional Asian symbols of long life — the crane and the turtle – and they personify a legacy of the lasting friendship between the Philippines and Japan. The garden was a joint project of Security Bank (SBC), Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) and SGV Founder Washington SyCip with the cooperation of the Makati Commercial Estate Association Inc. (MACEA). A Japanese architectural firm, Sankakuya Inc. of Kyoto, designed and built the garden.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Wash SyCip, Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa, Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay, SBC Chairman Emeritus Frederick Dy, SBC Chairman Alberto Villarosa, Ayala Group Chairman and CEO Jaime Zobel de Ayala, and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi President and CEO Takayoshi Futae participated in the sake barrel-breaking ceremony called kagami-biraki. A Japanese tradition that celebrates new beginnings and the strengthening of friendship, the ceremony highlighted the significance of Philippine-Japan business relations and cultural exchange.