Zeneida “Nini” Quezon- Avanceña, former president Manuel Quezon’s daughter, died last Tuesday. She was 100 years old.
In a statement, her son Ricky said: “Mom passed peacefully as her children surrounded her, reading psalms from the Bible and praying the rosary. An agent of light, of all things good and just, promoter and advocate of human rights, equality, social justice, land reform and freedom from oppression and poverty, has passed on to eternity.”
Among Quezon-Avan-ceña’s notable achievements was co-founding Concerned Women of the Philippines, an organization supporting anti-prostitution programs and non-violence. She was also a member of Presidential Human Rights Committee.
Various government officials paid tribute to Quezon-Avanceña whom they fondly called “Tita Nini.”
Sen. Francis Pangilinan described her as a “family woman and staunch ally of justice and human rights” who “carried her family’s legacy with grace and added her own pursuits befitting the needs of the time.” Meanwhile, former presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said: “She never wavered when the country needed a voice and spoke by marching with the youth, despite her age.”
She is survived by her nine children.
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