The Young Sys You Need to Know

From business to art, these Sys are making names for themselves.

SM has come a long way from its early days as a small shoe store. Its late founder Henry Sy grew it to become one of the biggest business empires in the Philippines and in Asia. His children Tessie Sy-Coson, Elizabeth Sy, Henry Sy Jr., Hans Sy, Herbert Sy, and Harley Sy have since taken the reigns to head the conglomerate's many different companies. But, the new breed of Sys are also stepping up and have started making an impact in the fields of business, art, and even social media. Here are the young Sys you need to know.

Hans Sy, Jr.

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Hans Sy and Carol Sy, Grandson of Henry Sy Sr. and Felicidad Tan-Sy

After spending his formative years in Australia, Hans "Chico" Sy, Jr. went back to the Philippines to become president of SM Engineering Design and Development Corporation. With Sy, it seems the future of SM is in good hands as he says he's excited to make a lot of "positive good for society, the economy, and industry."


Howard Sy

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Hans Sy and Carol Sy, Grandson of Henry Sy Sr. and Felicidad Tan-Sy

Howard Sy graduated from the University of Melbourne with a business management degree in 2010. His past work experiences include being a barista at Hudsons Coffee and working as an analyst for the Macquarie Group. He then founded StorageMart, a company that offers valet storage, self-storage, and packing and moving services.

Nicole Coson

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Branch of the Family Tree: Daughter of Tessie Sy-Coson and Louis Coson, Granddaughter of Henry Sy Sr. and Felicidad Tan-Sy

London-based artist Nicole Coson honed her talents during her years as a fine arts student in Central Saint Martins. She then completed her master's of arts in painting from the Royal College of Art. You can regularly see her works through the various solo and group exhibitions she's staged. She was recently selected to be a part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020.

Eric Uy

Eric Uy and Elizabeth Sy

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Elizabeth Sy and Charles Uy, Grandson of Henry Sy Sr. and Felicidad Tan-Sy

Eric Uy has already stepped in the family business as the vice president for technical services for SM Hotels and Conventions. He recently married hotelier Reena Ritz Tee in the family-owned Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club.


Hank Sy

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Henry Sy, Jr. and Jasmine Sy, Grandson of Henry Sy and Felicidad Tan-Sy

The son of SM Prime chairman and SM Investments co-vice chairman Henry Sy, Jr. is into dancing. On his Instagram, he's posted tons of clips of him dancing to Kendrick Lamar, Trndsttr, and more. Though the page is now private, one of his original choreographies is still up on YouTube.

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