Century Pacific founder Ricardo Po Sr. dies at 90


Ricardo S. Po Sr., founder of Century Pacific, has passed away on October 11 from complications arising from surgery.

“His family was by his side throughout the ordeal until he returned to the Lord,” a family statement said, adding that their patriarch passed away “peacefully and painlessly.”

“He was 90 years old and lived a full life raising his family, building his company, and perfecting his golf game,” it said.

Po was the chairman emeritus of the Century Pacific Group, one of the country’s top food canner which has diversified to other businesses. Under his vision and leadership, the company has grown its interests from affordable food and beverages to family restaurant chains and sustainable real estate developments.

He also leaves behind the RSPo Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating hunger among vulnerable communities.

Po, the family said, was a devoted husband and a loving father not just to his children, but to the entire company. So much so that many within the Century Pacific Group fondly call him “Tatay.”

Po is survived by his wife, Angelita, his children, Ricardo Jr., Teodoro, Christopher and Leonardo, and his daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

“Due to IATF restrictions, the wake will be restricted to immediate family. Please join us for the Novena Masses on Zoom,” the family said.

“In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Caritas Manila’s feeding program which was also one of his biggest advocacies.”

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