Minto resident's 100 reasons to celebrate

It was a special day at Minto's Pembroke Lodge last week - and there were 100 reasons to celebrate.

Long-time resident Nena Dela Cruz notched up her 100th birthday on Wendnesday, July 22 with family, staff and residents joining in on the fun.

The party featured songs, dancing, poems and a champagne toast, a Pembroke Lodge spokeswoman said.

"Nena credits her longevity to hard work, devotion to her faith and her loving family," the spokeswoman said.

"Nena has been part of the Pembroke Lodge family for the past 16 years and continues to enjoy her bingo games, socialising with others and her great love of music.

"Congratulations Nena!"

Mrs Dela Cruz was both in Vigan, North Philippines in 1920. She was one of nine siblings and worked as a Home Economics teacher until her retirement.

Her surviving sister, Dolloy, is 92 years old and lives in California, United States.

She and her husband had three children, Manuel, Tony and Ame, and between them they have seven grandchildren. Mrs Dela Cruz also has eight great-grandchildren.

The family immigrated to Australia in the 1980s, enjoying a happy, social life.

"She has always been deeply religious and brought up her children to respect others and to be generous of spirit," the spokeswoman said.

Mrs Dela Cruz received a "lovely card" from Prime Minister Scott Morrison and has letters from Queen Elizabeth II and the Governor General on the way.