Proper nutrition and an active lifestyle will help Mandaue women reach 100

    AGING BEAUTIFULLY.  Felisa Sanchez-Gerolaga (right) poses for a photo with her younger sister Restituta Sanchez just after the former received a 100,000 pesos cash gift from the Mandaue Municipality for her 100th birthday on July 12, 2022.  On Tuesday, August 2, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and other city officials visited Gerolaga's home to present her with the cash gift.  / HONEY COTEJO

AGING BEAUTIFULLY. Felisa Sanchez-Gerolaga (right) poses for a photo with her younger sister Restituta Sanchez just after the former received a 100,000 pesos cash gift from the Mandaue Municipality for her 100th birthday on July 12, 2022. On Tuesday, August 2, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and other city officials visited Gerolaga’s home to present her with the cash gift. / HONEY COTEJO

RIGHT diet and activity were just some of the ways Felisa Zanoria Sanchez-Gerolaga shared to stay healthy despite her extreme age.

Gerolaga, a resident of Barangay Centro, Mandaue City, turned 100 on July 12, 2022.

After she officially turned centenary, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and other city officials visited Gerolaga on Tuesday, August 2 to present her with a cash gift of 100,000 pesos.

With Cortes were Mandaue City Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca) chief Diosdado Suico and councilors Marie Immaline Cortes-Zafra, Jimmy Lumapas and Cynthia Cinco Remedio.

Gerolaga told SunStar Cebu that she is very happy about the city’s cash assistance, adding that it is a great help for her to meet her daily needs. She also plans to share the money with her children.

Gerolaga is the second of three siblings. She and her younger sister Restitota “Dadang” Sanchez, who will also be 100 in two years, are currently living together.

“We are very close and I can’t wait to celebrate her 100th birthday soon,” added Gerolaga.

Her older brother, she said, died young from a lung disease. Gerolaga has four children and ten grandchildren.

Living healthy

Gerolaga said to keep herself healthy, even at an extreme age, she continues to stay active through exercise and proper nutrition.

“I didn’t even know I was 100,” Gerolaga added.

To keep herself healthy, Gerolaga said she eats a lot of vegetables. She said she’s used to eating vegetables since she and her siblings grew up on a farm.

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

“I eat all types of foods in moderation, but I eat more vegetables,” Gerolaga said.

When asked for advice to help youth achieve long lives like theirs, Gerolaga said they must listen to and follow their parents, especially when it comes to healthy eating.

Under Republic Act 10868, also known as the Centenarians Act of 2016, seniors who reach age 100 should be honored with P100,000.

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