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Tributes pour in for Bong Tan, a ‘lover of life’

As news circulated about the passing of Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr., more and more tributes have been pouring in, filling up social media feeds.

As news circulated about the passing of Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr., more and more tributes have been pouring in, filling up social media feeds.

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Prominent personalities took to social media to condole with the family of bilyonaryo patriarch Lucio Tan Sr. whose son and namesake died at the age of 53 due to anneurysm.

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Malacañang said President Duterte would personally extend his deepest condolences to the Tan family while still in Manila.

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Vice President Leni Robredo likewise sent her warmest condolences to the family.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo shared a lengthy tribute to Bong, whom he described as a “good friend, kind-hearted brother to his siblings, a loving and dutiful son to his parent and an efficient and competent corporate man.”

Panelo said Bong impressed him “as a humble person, with a serious mien but with a ready smile to whomsoever he met in social events and official functions.”

” Given his social stature, he never threw his weight around and always ready to lend his hand to anyone who approached him for assistance,” Panelo said.

Tan-owned and affiliated companies likewise expressed their sorrow over the untimely death of their beloved boss.

PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna reminisced about the fun times she had with the late Tan, who was being groomed to take the reins of the family-owned empire.

“In all my years in PAL, Bong was a sweet son who walked and sat beside Mrs.Tan during milestone PAL events. He was a proud father and in last year’s special lifestyle feature with the Philstar, he talked about his children and how academically outstanding they were.

He respected his father, Chairman Tan and talked about how he was sent to study in China in high school and live the spartan life,” she said.

“But amidst these corporate responsibilities and fancy titles, when asked to describe himself, he said ‘lover of life’. He loved life. He said he loved a good bottle of red wine and at times, a cup of tea to cap his day,” Villaluna said.

Former Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu took to Twitter to bid adieu to his good friend, big brother, and fellow basketball enthusiast Bong Tan.

Chris even posted a throwback photo of the two of them enjoying a game inside the court.

Bong recently took the reins of PAL Holdings Inc., the parent firm of Philippine Airlines. He was also the head coach of the University of the East men’s basketball team.

A very simple guy even if he is an upcoming tycoon.

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