SECRET FOR LONG LIFE
A 104-year-old Aquilina Todio of Barangay Libsong West, known as Nanay Inay, born on Jan. 4, 1916, has 10 children. She worked as vegetable vendor in Bayambang town where she originally hailed from and sold piglets in nearby Tarlac province during her prime. The vegetables were her products from her backyard garden.
Erlinda Campued, her seventh child, said her mom stopped vending in 1990 when she migrated to the United States of America to be with Nanay Inay’s eldest. She stayed there until 2008 and returned home with her other child in Novaliches City for eight years and moved to Lingayen since 2015 until now where Erlinda is staying.
Nanay Inay can still say her name, as well as her late husband’s and the number of children they have.
Erlinda said among her favorite food are catfish and boiled saba. She also loves patupat, a native delicacy made of sticky rice, and would crave for binuburan, another Pangasinan delicacy made of fermented rice served with sugar syrup.
“She eats vegetables daily,” Erlinda said adding that it has been her mother’s habit to eat vegetables possibly because she came from a poor family and vegetables were readily available in their backyard.
Her regular breakfast would include oatmeal, a boiled egg, a glass of a popular brand of milk for the elderly and banana.
When she turned 100 years old, her family celebrated it with their close kin and friends. She also got her centenarian cash incentive from the government.
Nanay Inay is gifted with good health, with no maintenance tablets for hypertension, diabetes or uric acid to take that are common to elderly. But because of old age, she stays in her bed most of the time now.
Lingayen Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil, Vice-Mayor Judy Vargas-Quiocho and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Lorenza Decena visited Nanay Inay on Sept. 9 and awarded her with a certificate, cash gift and a basket of fruits.
She is now the oldest living centenarian in Lingayen.
“It’s not easy but it feels good, a different kind of happiness deep inside,” Erlinda said of caring for her mother. (Philstar Wire SERvices/ECV)
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