The Big 100

Filipino-Canadian celebrates milestone birthday

   Mommy Francisca Raymundo 100 years old
Mommy Francisca Raymundo, 100 years old

Reaching the milestone age of 100 years is not quite a commonplace occurance but one family in Winnipeg’s Filipino community celebrated the centenary of their matriarch last week.

Mrs. Francisca Castillo Raymundo and her family celebrated her big 100 at the Fairmont Hotel on September 25, with written greetings from Queen Elizabeth II, Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Manitoba Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and other members of Parliament and the Manitoba Legislature.

Mommy Francisca, as she is called by family and friends alike, was born on September 20, 1916 in barrio Baginay, Manaoag, Pangasinan.

Miriam Defensor Santiago dead at 71

    Miriam Defensor Santiago
Miriam Defensor Santiago 1945 -2016

Former senator and recent presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago, 71, died on Thursday, September 29, 2016, while confined at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City, Philippines.

“She died peacefully in her sleep this morning,” said her husband Atty. Jun Santiago.

Defensor Santiago was born in Iloilo City on June 15, 1945. She ran unsuccessfully for president of the Philippines in the May 2016 national elections.

From the time she began her political career, Miriam Defensor Santiago boldly declared her courageous crusade against corruption in the Philippines. At the age of 43, she was given the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service. She was acknowledged “for bold and moral leadership in cleaning up a graft-ridden government agency.”