Nestor Reyes Vera Cruz
Nestor Reyes Vera Cruz is a former banker known for his collection of old musical recordings. He is also the founder of Yesteryears Music gallery, which specializes in vintage music.
Vera Cruz was born in Manila on July 28, 1934 and studied at Immaculada Academy of Malolos Bulacan from elementary to high school. He graduated from Far Eastern University, earning a major in banking and finance. He started his banking career with Security Bank, where he stayed for over 20 years and rose to the rank of manager of the international department. In 1981 he resigned from Security Bank to join PBCOM as assistant vice president in charge of money market and foreign exchange. He was twice elected president of the FOREX Club of the Philippines. From 1992-1995 he joined Banco Filipino as a consultant. After his retirement, he devoted his time to his hobby of collecting old vinyl records which were being discarded by a whole generation of Filipinos who were trading them in for shiny new CDs.
His collection of 78 RPM records include recordings of Maria Carpena, the first Filipino recording artist Atang dela Rama, Jovita Fuentes, and Fernando Poe Jr., all national artists of the Philippines. Included in his collection are recordings of Dr. Jose Rizal's "Ultimo Adios" by Jose Mossesgeld Santiago, the Philippine national anthem sung by Jose Mossesgeld Santiago, as well as declamations penned by Jose Corazon de Jesus, otherwise known as Huseng Sisiw and Sylvia La Torre's first song "La Petite" under Villar Records.
Vera Cruz also collects vintage photos of Philippine history, including those of Malolos Constitution, Jose Rizal, General Emilio Aguinaldo, Andres Bonifacio, Manuel Luis Quezon, old Manila and World War II
Vera Cruz is married to Cecilla Escarilla and has 4 children.