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Doctor SyCip
In 1981, Wash and SGV & Co. open a branch in Baguio.

In 1982, Wash was elected President of the International Federation of Accountants, becoming IFA’s first Asian president. He was also President of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

In 1984, Wash received the degree of Doctor of Accounting Education, Honoris Causa, from the University of Santo Tomas.

Global recognition
In 1985 — after four decades of regional expansion — the SGV Group member firms in Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand become member firms of Arthur Andersen & Co., Société Coopérative (AASC), also known as the Andersen Worldwide Organization (AW), one of the largest professional service organizations in the world.

Wash is named “Officer First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star” by Sweden in 1987.

In 1989, Wash and SGV & Co. open a branch in General Santos.