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Mercury Drug founder Mariano Que dies at 96

Visionary and business leader Mariano Que, the founder of the Philippines' largest drugstore chain Mercury Drug, passed away on Friday, he was 96.

"In lieu of flowers, a donation to your favorite charitable institution will be much appreciated," Mercury Drug Corp. said in its Facebook page, however, it did not provide details of Que's death.

According to Forbes Philippines list of 50 richest Filipinos, Que sold medicine from a pushcart in Manila before opening the first physical location in 1945 —after the Second World War.

It is said that the late visionary founder started what would become the Mercury Drug empire only with P100

Vivian Que Azcona, the founder's daughter, now heads Mercury Drug, which has over 1,000 branches across the country.

"The firm pioneered the self-service concept in 1963 and a 24-hour service model in 1965. In 2015 it launched a mobile application to facilitate filling prescriptions," according to Forbes Philippines. —John Ted Cordero/LBG, GMA News