Restaurateur Vic Vic Villavicencio succumbs to heart attack
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Vicvic Villavicencio
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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