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Rustan's Founder Bienvenido Tantoco Celebrates His 99th Birthday Via Zoom

Five generations were on the call.
ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo
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Rustan's founder Bienvenido Tantoco marked his 99th birthday on a Zoom call set up by his more technology-savvy grandson, Christopher Tantoco.

Five generations were on the call, including his great-great-grandchild Gianna delos Reyes

Tantoco's daughter, Tokie Tantoco Enriquez, said the whole family had originally planned to celebrate his birthday on Easter Sunday, April 12, but the enhanced community quarantine was extended.

"So instead, the family decided to greet him via Zoom. There must have been over 25 screens with about 70 of us greeting him a Happy Birthday!" Enriquez said. "It was exciting to see everyone together even if we were all in our own homes." 

Tantoco is already looking forward to his 100th birthday next year, when he will be receiving P100,000 from the government to mark the milestone. He long ago promised that money to Christopher, for his future wedding.

Watch the video edited by Tantoco's granddaughter, Rica Lopez de Jesus.

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