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Alfonso Yuchengco (simplified Chinese: 杨应琳; traditional Chinese: 楊應琳; pinyin: Yáng Yìng-lín; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Iûⁿ Èng-lîm; February 6, 1923 – April 15, 2017) was a Filipino accountant, industrialist, businessman, educator, and diplomat. He headed the Yuchengco Group of Companies, one of the largest family-owned business conglomerates in the Philippines. He also served as chairman of business and educational institutions including the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, one of the country's largest commercial banks, the Mapúa Institute of Technology, and the Malayan Colleges.

Alfonso Tiaoqui Yuchengco
Native name
Born(1923-02-06)February 6, 1923
DiedApril 15, 2017(2017-04-15) (aged 94)
Resting placeManila Memorial Park
Other namesAY
EducationFar Eastern University
OccupationAccountant, businessman, diplomat
Known forFounder of Yuchengco Group of Companies, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation
Spouse(s)Paz Sycip
Teresita Gómez
Parent(s)Enrique Yuchengco
María Tiaoqui

Business interestsEdit

Yuchengco was the Chairman of the Yuchengco Group of Companies, and concurrently the Chairman of the Board of MICO Equities, Inc. (holding company of the Malayan Group of Insurance Companies); Pan Malayan Management and Investment Corporation; Mapúa Institute of Technology; Nippon Life Insurance Company; and the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation.[1]

He had been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of GPL Holdings; House of Investments, Inc.; BA Savings Bank; Dole Philippines; Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company; Benguet Corporation; and the Philippine Fuji Xerox Corporation.[1]


Yuchengco held a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accountancy, from the Far Eastern University. He took and passed the licensure examinations for certified public accountants.


Yuchengco was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mapua Institute of Technology, a top-performing engineering school in the country. He was also the Chairman of the Malayan Colleges Laguna, and Malayan High School of Science, an innovative science high school.[1]

He had been a member of the Board of Advisors of the Columbia Business School, one of the leading business schools in the world.[1]


Yuchengco had been the Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (A.E.P.).[1]

He had also served as Presidential Adviser on Foreign Affairs in 2004; Presidential Assistant on APEC Matters in 1998; Philippine Ambassador to Japan in 1995; Philippine Ambassador to the People's Republic of China from 1986 to 1988; and Presidential Special Envoy to Greater China, Japan and Korea.[1]

In 2005, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Yuchengco to the Consultative Commission for Charter Change, a special body tasked to review and recommend changes to the 1987 Constitution.[1]

Other interestsEdit

Yuchengco was the Chairman of the Board of Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation. He was also the Chair Emeritus and Member of the Board of Governors of the Philippine Ambassadors Foundation; and Chair Emeritus and Past President of the Philippine Ambassadors Association.[1]

He was a member of the Board of Judges and a Principal Sponsor in the Mother Teresa Awards.[1]

He established a generous grant at the University of San Francisco to create the Maria Elena G. Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program


Auditorium, Bantayog ng mga Bayani

Yuchengco has received the following awards and citations:

  • Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star, from the Emperor of Japan, 2003.
  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, from the Emperor of Japan
  • Order of Sikatuna, Rank of Datu, from then President Fidel Valdez Ramos
  • Knight Grand Officer of Rizal, Knights of Rizal.
  • Order of Lakandula, Rank of Bayani (Grand Cross).
  • Most Distinguished Alumnus and Hall of Fame Awardee, Far Eastern University, 1955 and 2003.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Chairman's profile, Yuchengco Group of Companies. 2006.