by Washington Sycip
As told to RJ Ledesma, Esquire Magazine
I remember that my father brought a constitutional case that he had lost in the Philippines to the U.S. at the time when we were still a colony. My father won the case in America— and that is the reason why my name is Washington.
When he got the cable that I was born, he was in Washington. I remember my father telling me that when he came back, having won the case, the following day (President Manuel) Quezon was at his house to congratulate him on winning the only case that Quezon had lost. At that time, people were gentlemen.