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Makati awards P100,000 cash gift to centenarian

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Makati Mayor Abby Binay has personally handed a P100,000 cash gift and a plaque of recognition to the city’s 59th centenarian at her home in Barangay Bel-Air..

The mayor expressed pleasure at being able to meet Makati’s newest centenarian, Mrs. Nellie Delgado.

“I am very happy and thankful for the opportunity to meet our new centenarian, Mrs. Delgado. Her amazing life story is full of love and compassion. It inspires us all the more to serve others selflessly,” Mayor Abby said.

Mrs. Delgado was born on August 23, 1919. She got married to Antonio Delgado (deceased) in 1944 and they had four children.

Mrs. Delgado and her husband set up the Jose Antonio Delgado Memorial Foundation, in honor of their son Jose Antonio, who died in a plane crash with 24 other Philippine boy scouts going to the 11th World Scout Jamboree in Greece on July 23, 1963.

The foundation helped disadvantaged Filipinos through scholarships, projects, and institutions they initiated, like the Bishop-Businessmen’s Conference, the Association of Foundations, and the Mangyan Heritage Center.

Mrs. Delgado was also the founding chairperson of the Mother Butler Foundation in 1965, an organization providing scholarships for priests and seminarians. In 1974, she was invested as Dame of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and was awarded the Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1977, for her services to the church, the less fortunate, and the sick.

After her husband’s passing in 1992, she continued her involvements with the Associacion de Damas de Filipinas (President 1993-1995), providing shelter to babies and children in the Settlement House; and the Philippine Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (Treasurer and Council Member) to help the sick. She still attends meetings of the two organizations as often as she can.

At present, she lives a happy life with her children, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, and she still walks along Manila Bay and enjoys the sunsets.

She has been a Blu Card member since March 1, 2003.

The city also awarded the same to the family of the late Vicencia Yuchengco, a centenarian who had already passed on.

The late Mrs. Yuchengco was born on January 13, 1919. After obtaining a degree at the University of Sto. Tomas, she entered the world of business and worked hard to raise her two daughters. She died last February 17, 2019, a month after her 100th birthday.

She was a Blu card member since August 30, 2004.

City Ordinance No. 2012-099 entitles Makati senior citizens who are Blu Card holders to a one-time P100,000 cash gift upon reaching 100 years old. It serves as a tribute for their significant contributions and role in the history and development of the city.

The latest awardees were able to meet the criteria set by MSWD, the lead implementer of the Blu Card Program, as follows: 1) must be a Filipino citizen; 2) must be a bonafide resident of Makati; 3) must have reached 100 years old between January to December of the current year; and 4) must be a Blu Card and White Card holder for at least five years.

To date, 59 Makati centenarians have been awarded the P100,000 cash gift since 2012, with 34 of them under Mayor Abby’s term. 

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