People Asia told the Lucio Tan Story on how the tycoon built his business empire through hard work, perseverance and determination. Dr. Tan was simple but never small. He had great vision and was passionate about helping develop his adoptive country through the businesses he invests in like air travel, banking, food and beverage, school and real estate.
A Kind and Humble Man
In the People Asia article, the writer quoted Dr. Tan’s fellow Lifetime Achievement awardee Washington Z. SyCip as he described Dr. Tan as a very kind man. “It has always amazed me how he manages to remain simple in many ways.”
The late PhilStar publisher Maximo Soliven was another big admirer of Dr. Tan’s humble ways. “Not many fully know Lucio Tan and his inspiring life story. I think his best trait is humility. Greatness must be accompanied by humility, because humility acknowledges that all the gifts of a person are bestowed by God.”
Lucio Tan Day
Dr. Tan has been a recipient of numerous citations and awards for many years. Twice he was awarded with the proclamation of a special day in his honor. In 2002, the Governor of Guam declared November 4 as Lucio Tan Day, as it conferred on Dr. Tan the Ancient Order of the Chamorri Award, the first for a Filipino.
The ‘Lucio Tan Day’ on May 11 every year was also proclaimed in 2007 by Mayor Gavin Newsom in San Francisco, USA in recognition of Dr. Tan’s numerous contributions in fostering social, cultural, and economic ties between the Philippines and the United States.
Other Recognitions and Awards
The multi-industry business tycoon was cited by Fortune 500 as one of the wealthiest in the world. He founded the Tan Yan Kee Foundation Inc., in 1986 and now serves as Chairman and President. He also serves as the President of San Lorenzo Ruiz Mission Foundation Inc., and Founder of the Foundation for Upgrading the Standard of Education Inc. (FUSE). He is an Adviser/Benefactor of the Medical Scholarship Program of Asia Brewery Inc.
Dr. Tan was also conferred the UST Medal of Excellence in 1999, the highest award given by the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas. On June 19, 2002, he was chosen as a Lifetime Achievement Awardee by the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Awards for Excellence. He was also named Outstanding Manilan for 2000 and 2010 for his humanitarian assistance and other contributions to the City.
Dr. Tan’s string of achievements includes the 2003 Most Outstanding Member Award conferred by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) in recognition of his altruism and outstanding achievements in his business ventures.
In 2002, he was conferred the Diploma of Merit by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. In 2008, he received the Asia Entrepreneur Award for his creative entrepreneurial leadership in Indonesia. In the same year, he received an Eco-Award for water conservation initiative from the Asia-Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP). Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, the Chairman of the UN General Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation handed the Eco Award to Dr. Tan in Cebu City.
When asked to comment about the awards he has received, Dr. Tan simply says: “I humbly accept them. At the same time, I consider them as challenges to expand my business ventures and create livelihood. There is only so little we can do in this life, we should make the most of all opportunities to share our blessings.”