Heroine is a true Pinay
PRESIDENT Aquino has signed into law a measure granting Filipino citizenship to Cuban-American centenarian Jessie Josephine Coe Lichauco, who turned 101 years old last January 10 and has served the country for over seven decades.
“Jessie Josephine Coe-Lichauco is hereby granted Philippine citizenship with all the rights, privileges, duties and obligations appurtenant thereto and with the same effects and subject to the same conditions as provided under the Constitution,” read Section 1 of Republic Act No. 10256 read.
The young Josephine met Filipino lawyer Marcial Lichauco, who was then working for the Osmeña-Roxas Philippine Independence Mission, while studying in Washington. She came to the Philippines in 1933 and got married to Lichauco. She has lived in the Philippines since then.
During World War II, the Lichauco couple opened their Sta. Ana house to fleeing citizens and provided for a make-shift hospital for 2,000 people. After the war, Jessie Lichauco devoted her time to the Settlement House.
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