Socorro Ramos, Founder of National Book Store, Celebrates 97th Birthday

IMAGE Maxine Alindogan

Socorro Ramos, a.k.a Nanay Coring, the founding matriarch of National Book Store, turned 97 years old today.

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Her great-granddaughter, Maxine Alindogan (the only daughter of the only daughter of the only daughter of Nanay Coring) arranged a surprise celebration.

"Despite the current situation of the world and the pandemic that is among us, we must continue to celebrate important milestones with our loved ones," said Alindogan.

"While it is often easy to stay within our quarantine bubbles, we thought we'd unite and show Lola Lola how much she means to us through a birthday drive-by. Socially-distanced and all-geared up, it was a short and sweet celebration to remember. Happy 97th birthday! We love you."

Grandson Martin Alindogan waves at his great-grandmother.
Photo by Maxine Alindogan.

Decorations by Hallmark, available at National Book Store, of course.
Photo by Maxine Alindogan.

Photo by Maxine Alindogan.

Socorro Ramos and her husband, Jose, founded National Book Store in 1942. It is the largest bookstore chain in the Philippines. 

Happy Birthday, dear Nanay Coring!

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