Beyond Lifetimes: Sun Life Philippines celebrates 125 years of making life brighter for Filipinos | Inquirer Business

Beyond Lifetimes: Sun Life Philippines celebrates 125 years of making life brighter for Filipinos

04:27 PM January 31, 2020

“Today, we are celebrating the ability to change,” said Sun Life Global President and CEO Dean Connor, during the official celebration of Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc.’s 125th year anniversary in the country. 

“Sun Life Philippines has done an excellent job in championing financial security and healthier lives across generations of Filipinos. How they continually evolve and keep up with the times, while remaining true to the company’s purpose, has been a source of inspiration for all of us at Sun Life,” he added.  

Sun Life Global President and CEO Dean Connor

As the first and longest-standing life insurance company in the country, Sun Life Philippines is celebrating with the theme, “Beyond Lifetimes,” taking pride in its position as the market leader in the country and upholding its commitment to help Filipinos achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives. 


In his message, Sun Life Philippines CEO and Country Head Benedict Sison shared that they were able to reach their target of 5 million clients last December, one year ahead of their original target date. He also shared the company’s new plans and initiatives lined up for the year, including the Sun Cancer Care, a specialized health insurance plan that provides cash benefits upon diagnosis of early or late stage cancer, and the Sun Pera-Aralan, a financial management program that aims to educate financial literacy to 125,000 public school teachers. 

Sun Life Philippines CEO and Country Head Benedicto Sison

“All of these offerings aim to strengthen our relationship with the Filipino people and reiterate our commitment to helping them achieve a brighter future,” Sison says. “We shall always strive to elevate the quality of the advice we give, offer more holistic and relevant solutions, serve our clients anytime and anywhere, and engage them through more meaningful interactions.” 

From left to right: Sun Life Philippines CEO and Country Head Benedict Sison, Sun Life Asia President Leo Grepin, Philippines Insurance Commissioner Dennis Funa, and Sun Life Global President and CEO Dean Connor.

As it sets its sights toward the future, Sun Life has taken the initiative to digitize many of its processes, one of which is the Sun Life Prosperity Funds that are now available online for those who wish to invest in mutual funds conveniently. Paperless applications and straight through processing are also available for clients availing select Sun Life products. 

As part of the launch, Sun Life unveiled the Portraits Beyond Lifetimes Exhibit in commemoration of the company’s 125 years in the Philippines. The visual exhibit is inspired by five powerful narratives—real stories of Sun Life clients across generations of Filipinos. The display features the works of brilliant young artists Jappy Agoncillo, Venazir Martinez, Katrina Pallon, Megan Diño, and Abigail Angeles. 

Sun Life Executives together with Commissioner Funa and the artists of the Portraits Beyond Lifetimes Exhibit.

For updates on Sun Life’s 125th anniversary celebration, visit or follow @SunLifePH on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. BrandRoom/AA

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