Mandaue centenarian receives cash gift

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ANOTHER centenarian received a P100,000 cash gift from the Mandaue City Government on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

Felisa Zanoria Sachez-Gerolaga, from Barangay Centro in Mandaue City, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 12.

The cash was personally handed by the Mandaue City Government led by Mandaue Mayor Jonas Cortes and Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca)-Mandaue City head Diosdado Suico.

Also in attendance were Councilors Marie Immaline Cortes-Zafra, Jimmy Lumapas, and Cynthia Cinco Remedio.

In an interview with SunStar Cebu on Thursday, August 4, Inse Felisa shared how happy she was to receive the assistance, stressing that it would be a big help, as it will help her support her daily needs.

She also wanted to share the assistance with her children.

Inse Felisa is the second among three siblings. She and her younger sister, Restitota "Dadang" Sanchez, who will also turn 100 in two years, are currently living together.

"We are very close (her younger sister), and I cannot wait to celebrate her 100th birthday soon," said Inse Felisa.

Her brother, she said, died at an early age due to lung disease. She has four children and 10 grandchildren.

No special secret

Inse Felisa remained active even at her age. She even takes charge of preparing her own food.

"I did not even realize I was already 100," Inse Felisa said.

She said she had no special secret or diet, but she eats a lot of vegetables, being a farmer's daughter who grew up in a farm.

She added that she eats six times a day and never let herself starve.

"I eat all kinds of food in moderation, but I eat vegetables more," Inse Felisa added.

Centenarian gift

Under Republic Act 10868, also known as the Centenarians Act of 2016, senior citizens who reach the age of 100 should be honored by giving P100,000 as a "centenarian gift."

In Mandaue, Inse Felisa was the second to receive the cash gift this year. The first one was Eleuteria Porlas (Inse Teria), who received her cash aid last May.

When asked for advice for the youth to attain a long life, Inse Felisa said they need to listen to their parents and follow what they say, especially concerning healthy eating. (HIC)

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