This past June and July, a group of former colleagues from UE, UERM, PNB, and TYKFI organized a meaningful set of activities to hold in high regard the life and service of Dr. Panfilo O. Domingo, lovingly known as “Sir P.O.” on the 10th anniversary of his passing.
The longest standing President of the Philippine National Bank after World War II, he impacted the banking industry by leading PNB into becoming one of the largest commercial banks in the country. His journey from being a simple office employee to becoming a president of PNB saw his legacies in the banking institution.
Dr. Lucio C. Tan also credited him for the turn around and much of the milestones achieved by the University of the East. Under his leadership as the Chairman and CEO, in just a year, the University was saved from financial and operational problems with remarkable improvement in the school facilities and new buildings, and increased number of students.
Having to put himself through school in the past, Dr. P.O. Domingo worked his way up as an employee. As an executive, he shared Dr. Tan’s vision and passion not only for education but also for helping the less fortunate. He served at the helm of TYKFI as its Executive Director. There, he was a regular mentor and inspiration to the officers and staff of the Foundation, and he emphasized a commitment to educational programs, such as scholarships, continuing education, alternative-learning methods, and skills and livelihood training.
Memorial Masses in PNB, UE, and TYKFI, Medical Mission in San Juan City by UERMMMCI, and Tree-planting activities led by TYKFI, and special programs and exhibit were done to honor his memory and projects through the years. Performances from UE Chorale, UE Silanganan Dance Troupe and PNB Danz Crew highlighted the program in a special cultural show to commemorate his passing.
Today, the LT Group of Companies honor Dr. P.O. Domingo’s exemplary leadership and service he shared through various notable projects in corporate social responsibility.
Excerpts from Remembering P.O.: A Special Program on the 10th Death Anniversary of Dr. Panfilo O. Domingo, June 26, 2018
From Mr. Jaime J. Bautista,
Vice Chairman of the Board, University of the East
“His passion for knowledge he cascaded to the whole UE community. He devoted much time and energy ensuring that UE will be a worthy second home to knowledge seekers. Tangible proof of this is one of the buildings at the Manila campus that was refurbished and renamed P.O. Domingo Center for Information Technology which houses UE’s IT data center and library. There is no doubt, he loved UE; he lived for UE. We lift up our hearts and minds to pay tribute to a man worthy of our accolades. His legacy, particularly in UE, is for us to enhance and advance for the benefit of future knowledge seekers.”
From Atty. Reynaldo A. Maclang, President, Philippine National Bank
“Mr. Domingo also valued education highly. He was a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.), a magna cum Laude graduate. At 80, he pursued an MBA program at Colegio San Juan de Letran graduating Bene Meritus, when he no longer had to prove himself. POD was considered very strict and demanding executive and was thus feared by his subordinates. But to those who worked with him closely, they saw that behind his strict demeanor is a fatherly and caring boss and one with a great sense of humor.”
From Mrs. Carmelita G. Mateo, Executive Vice President and Treasurer, University of the East
“His legacy as a UE alumnus remains unparalleled. There was this one time with him when we were going around the campus inspecting the classroom, laboratories, and libraries. He turned to me and said, “We have done well for our Alma Mater, don’t you think so?” I nodded in agreement, yet the truth is, Mr P.O. Domingo himself, UE graduate and UE Chairman of the Board and CEO until his demise, did much more than well. The fact that UE remains standing today, financially healthy and growing still, is a testament to his enduring and towering legacy.”
From Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr., Trustee, Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc.
“Many important projects of the Tan Yan Kee Foundation were implemented and driven by P.O. Domingo’s dedication and tireless efforts to help improve people’s lives. Dr. Tan said of P.O. Domingo, “He loved the job (at the Foundation) because he shares with us the same passion for helping the poor and the needy.” He was indeed a man full of wisdom, with a big heart and always ready to share and do more. To continue to express our gratitude and honor to him, the Foundation hopes that P.O. Domingo’s ideas, dedication, and tireless efforts will continue to be manifested and further strengthened in the Foundation’s work in uplifting people’s lives.”
From Wilson T. Young, Vice Chairman of the Board, UERM Memorial Medical Center Inc.
“P.O. was truly a gifted leader. His wit, charm and decisive character inspired most of us, here present, who was blessed with his acquaintance, to pursue our dreams and advocacies in life. He was at the same time, a mentor, a coach, a business guru and most of all a friend and a father figure.
Today, both UE and UERM are reaping the rewards of P.O.’s management foresight, shared vision and inspiring leadership. Truly, P.O. is UE and UERM’s savior.”
Excerpts from the message of Mr. Rene Domingo, representative of Domingo family
“Thank you for your presence this evening and your kind words about my father. To you, my father’s dear friends and colleagues gathered here this evening, ladies and gentlemen, good evening to you all.
I did not fully understand how deep and meaningful his relationships with you, his friends and colleagues, were. Of course, I knew that my father had a successful and accomplished professional life, admired and respected by his peers, and was a kind boss and mentor to many in PNB, UE, UERM, and Tan Yan Kee Foundation. Certainly, that was what was most apparent to me then. But what I did not stop to think about was how much love many of you had for him then and continue to still have for him today.
I’d like to believe that my father is with us here today. Because I am pretty sure he would not miss this party for the world. Above all his accomplishments at PNB, UE, UERM and Tan Yan Kee Foundation, I believe he valued his relationships with you the most; and everything I have heard, seen, and felt tonight has confirmed it. Ten years after his passing, you all continue to remember and speak of him in a loving way and my family continues to be overwhelmed with gratitude and pride.
In behalf of Sonia, Gigi, Joey, and Lizza, thank you for all the good work you have done in his name, thank you for the honors and tributes you have given him, thank you for all the stories you have shared, and thank you for inviting us to be part of tonight’s celebration. But most of all, thank you for loving Papa.”