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CCP mourns passing of Rustan's CEO Nedy Tantoco

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CCP mourns passing of Rustan's CEO Nedy Tantoco
Zenaida ‘Nedy’ Tantoco, retailer, philanthropist, patroness of the arts, loving mother and grandmother. She was 77.
Joanne Rae Ramirez

MANILA, Philippines — The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) mourned the passing of one of its former trustees, Rustan's and Stores Specialists Inc. chief executive officer Zenaida "Nedy" Tantoco.

The eldest daughter of Rustan’s Group founders, Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. and Gliceria Rustia-Tantoco, passed away during the late hours of February 8 at the age of 77.

"Nedy will always be better remembered as a nurturing force in fostering family empowerment and unity," the Tantoco Group said in a statement following her passing. "These, she believed, were key for their family’s future generations to thrive."

She graduated from Assumption College with a Business Administration degree, which led to 40 years as a luxury retail leader with Rustan's.

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Nedy was on the CCP Board of Trustees for almost two decades until she resigned from the post in 2021. Her stint was defined by her integrity, reliability and her unwavering love and inspiring passion for arts and culture.

She was instrumental in a number of fundraising efforts for the CCP, including obtaining new and the regular repair of instruments for the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. She was instrumental in bringing the group to Carnegie Hall in New York, United States.

Nedy also underwrote several CCP opera productions, including "L'Elisir d'Amore," "Lucia di Lammermoor" and "Turandot," just to mention several from recent years.

Pianist Cecile Licad will hold a concert on March 19 at the Metropolitan Theater, which will also serve as a tribute to Nedy, the last concert she contributed bringing to fruition.

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