Robert C. F. Ho, Founder of Fairmont and Magsaysay, Dies at 96

Robert C. F. Ho, founder and Chairman of the Fairmont and Magsaysay Group of Companies, peacefully joined the Lord last April 10, 2016 in Hong Kong at the age of 96.

‎From Shanghai, he studied at Columbia Business School, married Anita Magsaysay Ho+, and settled in Manila in 1948. He established Magsaysay and actively worked with colleagues in the Filipino Shipowners’ Association to draft and push for the passing of the Philippine Overseas Shipping Act, which he believed would be vital for the country’s development especially in its recovery from the aftermath of the Second World War.

In 1963, he established Fairmont Shipping in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Vancouver, where he brought his family to live. He built an international shipping business with strong ties in Japan and Europe.

He loved the maritime industry, the global nature of the shipping sector, especially the opportunity it gives to many Filipinos to develop meaningful professional careers in seafaring.

He built a strong Magsaysay and Fairmont culture guided by his strong values of integrity, respect, fairness and consideration for others. Magsaysay and Fairmont management, employees, seafarers and their families, will continue to be inspired by the spirit of his philosophy.

He is survived by his five children, Helen, Linda, Doris, Robert Jr. and Steven, fourteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

There will be a mass on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm. A one day wake will be on Saturday, April 16, 2016 with a mass at 6:00 pm. The Final Farewell Blessing will be held on Sunday at 10:00 am followed by Interment.

Capilla de San Francisco, Santuario de San Antonio, Makati

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in memory of Robert C. F. Ho to support the programs of “Caza San Miguel (Center for the Arts of Zambales) Foundation Inc.”​

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