Grand Reunion of SM Scholars!


It was a grand reunion of scholars graced by Sy Family last Sunday, 6th of January, at the SMX Convention Center. One thousand alumni of the SM Foundation scholarship program flocked together and reunite with SM patriarch Henry Sy, Sr, matriarch Felicidad T. Sy , eldest daughter Tessie Sy-Coson, youngest son Harley and granddaughter Mara Sy-Coson. 

Harley Sy, extended the family’s heartfelt congratulations to the alumni and mentioned the lessons he learned from his father:
You  have to have a dream, whether big or small. Then plan well, work hard, and be very determined to achieve your goals. Hard work is always part of success.


The college scholarship program is now 25 years and he thinks that a mentoring  program by the alumni for the current scholars is timely because the latter can benefit from the  former’s life experiences and collated wisdom as SM scholars.

He ended his remarks with an encouraging note:  
Continue making things happen. Your story goes on and we cannot wait to hear what else you can do. The world needs more dreamers and doers like you.

All wearing the blue jackets given them by the foundation, the former scholars rendered song and dance numbers and heartwarming testimonials. Their stories drew tears of joy in the eyes of listeners.

After the alumni’s musical number five representatives from various batches presented the alumni’s gift to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sy Sr. – a wall art depicting “Scholars for Scholars” a project of “Tatang’s graduates” (SM scholar-alumni) to pay tribute to the founder of SM Foundation. 

The five gift presentors, Emylou Cadalzo, Loida De Vera, Elly Bala, Novelyn Beboso, Jeffry Manhulad turned over to Debbie Sy, executive director of SM Foundation, the “seed fund” of over P100,000 that they raised amongst themselves to sponsor one college scholar for schoolyear 2019-2020 and pledged to increase the number in the future. 

Further entertainment was provided by the Act Seven band and Tatang’s graduates let their hair down so to speak and jammed with the band. The event closed at five pm with takeaways  for  them – their inspiring stories began at SM and will continue to be handed down from them to their next generations. 

For Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sy Sr and family and SMFI - Tatang’s vision of educating the youth to fight poverty was not made in vain; in fact it is a true and tested formula.

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