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Mindanao's banana magnate dies of pneumonia

DAVAO CITY, Philippines  – Southern Mindanao’s banana magnate Antonio Floirendo Sr. died of pneumonia at the St. Luke’s Medical Center Friday night. He was 96.

Floirendo started the banana export business in the south 50 years ago.

Floirendo, who strongly pushed for the development of Southern Mindanao, was considered among the most influential persons in politics in the region.

His remains will be brought to Davao City tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife Nenita and children, former Davao Norte congressman Antonio Floirendo, Jr., Linda Lagdameo, Maricris Brias, Ricky, Vincent and Marissa.

The Floirendos own the Pearl Farm Beach Resort in Samal Island.

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Recently, the Antonio Floirendo Corporation Management Company (Anflocor) entered into a joint venture with the Ayala Group of Companies for the Abreeza shopping mall complex.                         

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