The FCC team has been in the know and on the ground since 1993.
Imagine the sun setting below the outstretched horizon across Sisowath Quay, where the Tonle Sap River meets the mighty Mekong. It’s newly nightfall and tranquil cool breezes drift through the air, yet the swirl of debate and discourse among the eclectic and culturally-attuned crowd roars on, sustained by globally-inspired Western and Khmer fare, with cold beers and craft cocktails such as The FCC’s signature chili and kampot pepper-infused spirits in liberal flow.
This is the lifeblood of The FCC, or Foreign Correspondents' Club, and the mise-en-scène of the upstairs terrace at FCC Phnom Penh, known colloquially as “the F.” As our very first property, which quickly became the city’s requisite go-to, FCC Phnom Penh has been catering to the local and foreign set since June 1993, following the influx of Western journalists and war reporters into Cambodia after the signing of the Paris Peace Agreements in October 1991, which marked the official end of the Cambodian-Vietnamese War.
FCC Phnom Penh itself is housed inside a stunning, French colonial riverside mansion that was a private residence first built in 1917. Now a timeless establishment, these hallowed halls have witnessed the expanse of Cambodia’s modern history, even contributing to its broader cultural, political and societal conversations, playing host to relevant humanitarian panels and contemporary art exhibitions, aptly earning its reputation as “the capital’s cultural and intellectual centre,” according to The Phnom Penh Post.
Further northwest in Siem Reap, is FCC Angkor, across the Siem Reap River and footsteps from the Royal Residence. In this majestic colonial-style building, the spirit of FCC Collection lives on as the consummate meeting place where local and global communities come together at The Mansion or Scribe restaurants and bars after long days spent temple trekking in the jungle, providing aid to the town's surrounding villages or exploring the Tonle Sap by long-tail boat.
Always a lively experience set in a warm, idyllic environment, FCC Collection embodies the best of local culture, coupled with global creature comforts and luxuries, authentic, well-crafted foods and beverages and holistic wellness spas. Inspired by its journalistic roots, The FCC remains, to this day, a spirited outpost for cross-cultural adventure, conversation and exchange.
– Leo Dobbs, FCC founding member and former Reuters journalist
Our FCC logo continues to draw from the inimitable Hanuman, a loyal believer of Hindu Lord Rama. A devoted diety also found in Jainism and Buddhism, Hanuman universally symbolizes strength, heroism, faith, love, scholarship and excellence, and features prominently in the Cambodian epic poem Reamker, based on the Sanskrit epic Ramayana of ancient India. Today, discerning travellers to Angkor Wat may see etched scenes depicting Hanuman glorified on its temple walls.
Anthony joined the FCC in 1995, and he was one of the key members of the FCC in Cambodia.
During his time as country manager/director of FCC Phnom Penh, membership increased substantially and the club became a key meeting point for a wide range of people from ambassadors to backpackers. Anthony was instrumental in the club’s success providing a sanctuary for business people and travellers and providing quality food and refreshments. A highlight in FCC’s history was in 1997, when the American Ambassador, shortly after the coup, used the fact that the FCC had reopened as an indication that things were returning to normal.
In addition to having an engaging personality and being an effective leader, Anthony wasn’t afraid to call a spade a spade when he thought it was necessary. Anthony was always on the lookout for business development opportunities for the company and was instrumental in finding the building in Siem Reap that was transformed into the FCC Angkor in 2003.
Away from work Anthony was always good company and enjoyed sport. He also played a role in coming up with the idea to give underprivileged kids a break from the trials and tribulations of their everyday lives through the provision of football training – an idea that the Indochina Starfish Foundation charity ran with which has resulted in over 3,000 kids receiving training and playing in a league on a regular basis.
He will be greatly missed.
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