Restaurateur Vic Vic Villavicencio succumbs to heart attack
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Vicvic Villavicencio (Photo by ALEXIS CORPUZ / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Restaurateur Vicvic Villavicencio succumbs to heart attack

Vicvic Villavicencio
Vicvic Villavicencio (Photo by ALEXIS CORPUZ / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — Restaurateur and businessman Victor Vincent “Vicvic” Villavicencio passed away on Tuesday, April 30, due to a heart attack. He was 67.

Villavicencio was known for being one of the first to attempt to elevate Filipino food through his Kamayan restaurants. He also pioneered the big buffet set-up with Dads and Saisaki, and more recently with Sambo Kojin.

“When we opened Saisaki in 1985-86, there were few Japanese restaurants and most of them were very small, consisting of just a glass counter and a few tables and chairs,” Villavicencio told Inquirer Lifestyle several years ago. “I also remember that most Filipinos were unfamiliar with Japanese food and could not imagine willingly eating raw fish.”

In a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Richard J. Gordon expressed his condolences.

“I am shattered and grief stricken by the passing of one of my dearest friends. Vic Vic was a great La Sallian, a bon vivant, and most importantly a good and decent man,” Gordon said.

Villavicencio had seven children. —RCK

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  • andres_1

    Our condolences

  • abbaj

    CONDOLENCE. SANA SUNOD NA MA HEART ATTACK SI KOMITE DE ABSWELTO GORDON YOBABS.

    • Manny Villa

      AB—-.
      LIBRE PALAGE IYAN– HAYANN MO MA-TITIGOK DIN IYAN

  • Manny Villa

    RIP–VIC-VIC–NALIBRE AKO NOON DIYAN.

  • allandel

    condolences to the family.
    i am predicting that next week’s fuel prices will be reduced dahil galit na ang mga tao sa administrasyon. may nagsabing sinabihan na ng palasyo ang mga major players na babaan ang presyo for next week and the week after next para mawala ang galit ng mga tao. kung kayo ang botante, gusto nyo pa bang magpatuloy ang pagyaman ng mga mayaman at paghihirap ng mga mahirap? gusto nyo bang magpatuloy ang laban sa kurapsyon na wala namang napapakulong bagkus, pinakawalan pa ang mga kurap? nasa inyo yan dahil ako naman, napetisyon na at papunta na ng australia.

    • Estong Bicol

      Wala ka na palang pakialamm eh pakialamero ka pa rin. parangnakakabuwisitkalang.

    • Glock40

      e ano naman ngayon kung punta ka na australia. feeling mo swerte ka na e hugas plato ka lang naman dyan.