- The Philippines’ richest man passed away yesterday, January 19, at the age of 94
- Several celebrities expressed what they feel upon hearing the sad news
- Few of them were Luis Manzano, Ai Ai Delas Alas, and Gretchen Ho
Several television personalities in the Philippines reacted and mourned for the death of Henry Sy, Sr., the country’s wealthiest man and the founder of SM Group.
KAMI learned that the influential businessman died “peacefully” in his sleep in the morning of January 19 at the age of 94.
Because of this, the country’s celebrities immediately sent their condolences to the bereaved family of the successful man.
Kapuso comedienne Ai Ai Delas Alas commemorated on her Instagram post the good things that Henry did for a lot of Filipinos.
She even expressed that going to SM is one of her happiness especially when she was still not part of showbiz.
“Salamat po at may SM... dahil sa sm maraming pilipino ang may trabaho --- maraming schools na napatayo, maraming mahirap na studyante na napag aral,” the actress quipped.
“At higit sa lahat napasaya nya ako kasi noong araw pag malungkot ako pupunta lang ako SM kahit wala akong pera masaya , malamig , window shopping tapos na ang problema uuwi ka ng masaya,” she added.
ABS-CBN reporter Gretchen Ho also reacted and explained that the story of the country’s richest man has inspired a lot of people.
She acknowledged how Henry Sy was able to help numerous athletes and scholars in the country.
“Thank you for being a gleaming example of success through hard work, resourcefulness, consistency, determination & strong family values. Thank you for all the athletes & scholars you’ve helped,” Gretchen wrote.
“The whole Chinese-Filipino community mourns today,” she added.
Meanwhile, several other famous personalities posted about the much-talked-about passing of SM Group’s founder.
Luis Manzano and Karen Davila sent their condolences with the latter even calling Henry as an “icon in business.”
In a previous article by KAMI, the inspiring life story of Henry Sy including his start in business with just 10 centavos was reported.
Henry Sy is a Chinese-Filipino businessman who took up Commercial Studies in Far Eastern University. He used to work while studying to support himself.
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