Published: Tue, April 15, 2014
Jesus T. Tanchanco Sr., the first chief of the National Food Authority (NFA) during the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., died on Monday, April 14, according to a post by son Tommy Tanchanco, in his Facebook account early Tuesday.
The elder Tanchanco was complaining of chest pains on Monday. So he went to the University of the East - Ramon Magsaysay (UERM) Memorial Medical Center.
Tommy, a former punk rocker who founded the indie label 12 Stone Records, related that he had no inkling that anything was wrong with his father. He thought it was going to be a preventive checkup.
Still he decided to cut short a meeting he was having to go to the hospital. On the way, he got a call from the hospital and was told that his father's pulse was getting weak and that doctors were trying to revive him.
By the time, he got to the emergency room, the doctors had decided they had to stop trying to revive his father because he had no chance of surviving.
Tommy recalled that the family came from Hong Kong the first week of April.
Last Sunday, they even watched the rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr.
"I don't really kiss my dad consistently whenever we part ways because whenever I see him he is already inside the car already," Tommy said in his Facebook post. "But last Sunday I told my dad wait, then I kissed him goodbye not knowing it will the last one."
Tanchanco, a resident of Malabon, was an alumnus of the University of the East, where he had a Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration (BSBA). He was UE executive marketing director at the time of his death.
Tanchangco was among the Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1965.
Tangchanco;s wake is at the Funenaria Paz on Araneta Avenue in Quezon City. He will be buried on Easter Sunday, April 20, at the Holy Cross Memorial Park in Novaliches. - Solar News Online