Paying Tribute: Jan Sy’s Friends And Family Say She Was A Beautiful Soul And A Woman Of Faith - Lifestyle Asia

The 29-year-old, who launched SMDC’s community development program two years ago, passed away yesterday.

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News broke out yesterday of the passing of Jan Catherine Sy, the 29-year-old daughter of Henry “Bigboy” Sy, Jr. and granddaughter of tycoon Henry Sy, Sr. A statement circulated online and over group chats that confirms the sad development.

“Dear Family and Friends, Tonight, March 18, 2021 at 6:35pm, our dearest daughter Jan Catherine Sy is now with the Lord Jesus already.  Blessed be the name of the LORD.  You give and take away. My heart will choose to say, Lord, BLESSED BE YOUR NAME!” reads the statement.

Last Sunday, a tweet by Magic 89.9 Radio DJ Tony Toni says that Sy went into septic shock and was in need of A+ and AB+ donors.

Woman of faith

Many of the young Sy’s friends and family (and friends of her family) remember her as being a generous woman of faith, a beautiful soul who always had a smile on her face. She is described as having a heart for the poor and the broken. This is reflected in her efforts to spearhead The Good Guys, SMDC’s community development arm, two years ago.

A De La Salle alum, Sy spent a lot of time at their family’s farm and grew up with an appreciation for nature. This also developed a love for horses, which led to a flourishing athletic life as a competitive equestrian. According to an Inquirer Lifestyle piece by Marge Enriquez, Sy was enrolled in formal riding lessons at 7 years old and was competing locally by 13.

During her time in Westmount College in Santa Barbara, California, Sy was part of the school’s low goal polo team. The young athlete also trained in France and competed in European countries, one of the highlights being her 2017 stint at the Official International Competition in La Baule.

Sy leaves behind her parents, Bigboy and Princess, and siblings Jessica and Hank.

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