Makati honors centenarians

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THREE new centenarians have been recognized by the city government of Makati as it awarded them P100,000 each as cash gift.

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The awarding ceremony was attended by the two living centenarians and their family members, as well as the son of the other honoree, who had passed away last December, a few days after she turned 100.

Makati Social Welfare Department (MSWD) officer-in-charge Remedios Ramos identified the three new awardees as Margarita Sanchez Ugarte of Barangay Dasmariñas, Valentina Perez San Jose of Barangay San Antonio and Otilia Oliva Gustilo of Barangay Bel-Air who passed away last December 14 after her 100th birthday on November 27.

Sanchez celebrated her 100th birthday last November 17.

Even as a mother of five sons, she had actively engaged in dancing and sports activities, such as swimming and bowling.

San Jose was born in Cebu City on November 26, 1915.

San Jose, the youngest among 10 children, is the surviving spouse of a World War II veteran.

She is described as a very supportive and loving mother to her only son Vicente.

A former resident of Barangay Tejeros, she currently lives with her eldest granddaughter, Jacqueline Paredes in Barangay San Antonio.

Meanwhile, the cash gift for Gustilo was received by her son, Enrique Felipe.

At age 35, she married long-time suitor Jose Gustilo and eventually gave birth to two boys, Enrique and Francis.

Mayor Romulo ‘Kid’ Peña said the cash gift is but a simple token compared to the priceless contributions they had made to society.

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