Washington SyCip Park

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Coordinates: 14°33′14″N 121°01′05″E / 14.55387°N 121.01811°E / 14.55387; 121.01811

Washington SyCip Park
Washington SyCip Park Zen Garden.jpg
A Japanese rock garden at the park's Crane and Turtle Garden.
Type Urban park
Location Legaspi Village, Makati,
Metro Manila, Philippines
Created 2006
Operated by Ayala Land
Makati Commercial Estate Association
Status Opened

Washington SyCip Park is a privately owned public park near Greenbelt mall in Legaspi Village, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. The park opened in 2006, and was named after Filipino accountant and banker Washington SyCip;[1] in addition to many indigenous tropical trees and plants, the park contains gazebos, benches with quotes by Sycip, sculptures and a koi pond.

The park is open daily from 06:00 to 22:00 PST (GMT+8), it is a no-smoking, no pet zone.[2]

Location[edit]

Washington SyCip Park is rectangular in form, bounded by Legaspi Street to the north, Gamboa Street to the south, Rada Street to the west, and the Corinthian Plaza parking lot to the east, it is close to Greenbelt shopping centre, the Asian Institute of Management, and Union Church of Manila.

History[edit]

Washington SyCip Park was created in 2006 by Ayala Land, the park was presented to SyCip in June 2006 (his 85th birthday), in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Philippine business community.

The park was developed jointly by Ayala Land Incorporated, the Makati Commercial Estate Association (MACEA), the City of Makati, Barangay San Lorenzo, and Washington SyCip's SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co., the largest accounting and consulting firm in the Philippines.[3] The headquarters of MACEA is located in the northern edge of the park.

Sculptures[edit]

A sculpture by Impy Pilapil.

A number of sculptures by Filipino sculptor and artist Impy Pilapil can be found in the park, these include[4]:

  • Wishing Stone - a wishing stone, with a twig quill and water reservoir, which people can write their wishes on.
  • Faith - an obelisk-like white, stone sculpture with a pointed edge aiming for the heavens.
  • Entry - a Stonehenge-style gate made of white stone.
  • Sungka - a traditional Filipino board game played with shells.
  • The Mangrove Nature Embrace - a colourful framework, with blue as the dominant colour, made of steel pipes.[5]
  • Stone turtles: - a Chinese symbol of long life, stone turtles can be found at the northern and southern entrances to the park.
  • Giant urns: - giant stone urns flank one gateway of the park, probably a throwback to SyCip’s childhood years in Shanghai. In his biography, SyCip recounted that similar huge jars were found in his family garden and he used to peek at the fish swimming inside them.[6]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A walk in Washington SyCip park, Blog
  2. ^ Ten Manila parks to visit|Ten Manila parks to visit, article.
  3. ^ A walk in Washington SyCip park, (2012) Blog post, Chit's blog
  4. ^ Official website, Washington SyCip Park, Impy Pilapil, 2013
  5. ^ Sculpture, The Mangrove Nature Embrace, 2013, Impy Pilapil
  6. ^ Dalisay, Jose (2009). Wash : Only a book keeper - A biography. Manila: The SGV Foundation and the AIM Scientific Research Foundation. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Washington SyCip Park at Wikimedia Commons