MANILA, Jan. 28 – Three centenarians of Makati received Php 100,000 each as cash gift from the city government, Acting Makati Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña said on Thursday.
The three lady centenarians were identified as Margarita Sanchez Ugarte from Barangay Dasmariñas; Valentina Perez San Jose from Barangay San Antonio; and Otilia Oliva Gustilo from Barangay Bel-Air.
“We in Bagong Makati humbly take our hats off to our new centenarians who have contributed so much not only to their respective families, but to the progress and development of the city as well. The cash gift is but a simple token compared to the priceless contributions they had made to society,” Peña said.
He also recognized the love and support of the families of the three awardees.
The three new centenarians received the cash gift as an award for reaching 100 year of age in a ceremony held at the 21st floor of Makati City Hall on Monday.
The one-time cash gift of Php 100,000 was awarded quarterly after meeting three criterias set by the city social welfare department, namely a beneficiary must be a Filipino citizen; must be a bona fide resident of Makati, must have reached 100 years old as of Jan. 1 to Dec. 30, 2015 and lastly, must be a BLU Card and White holder for at least five (5) years.
Sanchez, a mother of five sons, turned 100 last November 17. To keep her mind sharp, she still does crossword. She is indeed a sports lover as she engaged in dancing, swimming and bowling. She even used to join a regular bowling team at Manila Polo Club.
San Jose, a very supportive and loving mother according to her son was born in Cebu City on Nov. 26, 1915. Sanchez is the surviving spouse of a World War II veteran. She is a former resident of Barangay Tejeros, but she is now residing at Barangay San Antonio with her eldest granddaughter.
Gustilo, unfortunately, after celebrating her 100th birthday on Nov. 27 passed away on Dec. 14. She is known for her generosity to others, especially the less fortunate. (PNA) RMA/CLTC/Michelle Favor Marasigan (OJT)