What does a man who has lived to be a hundred wish for on his birthday? A longer life.

Relatives and friends, young and old, gathered around Fortunato Sanchez Sr., and showered him with warm wishes and presents as he celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday.

Sanchez, wearing a black coat and tie, is known here as the “century man.” He was born on Dec. 11, 1911 in Bulacan and married Maria Corazon-Sanchez who died in 1998.

The union between Fortunato and Maria Sanchez produced 10 children, 50 grandchildren, and at least 70 great grandchildren.

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