Iba ka! Erap gives homeless centenarian P100K cash gift

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A former homeless centenarian who has been living away from her children has received a P100,000 cash gift by Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada.

Estrada personally handed the check to Maria Pancho, the 31st centenarian in Manila to receive the P100,000 cash gift under the program.

“I wish Lola Maria more years of happy and healthy life,” the Manila mayor said as he welcomed the centenarian in his office at the city hall.

Estrada said Lola Maria and all the other 100-year-old Manileños deserve such a simple token from the city government for being the nation’s role models, having led long, distinguished, healthy, and disciplined lives.

Pancho was born on November 15, 1916, the eldest in the brood of seven. A widow, she has six children, all of whom now have their own families at their hometown in Bicol.

She had been roaming around the city in a wooden cart until a concerned resident in Binondo took her in. She earns a living by being a “hilot” in the community.

“Gulay at isda lang kinakain ko,” Pancho said when asked how she made it to 100 still in good physical condition.

She could not contain her excitement when she met Estrada, her long-time movie idol.

Asked what she would do with the money, Pancho said she will deposit it in a bank.
Estrada started the P100,000 cash award program on March 2016 as his special gift to bonafide elderly residents who have reached the age of 100. Thirty centenarians have so far been awarded the cash gift.