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Pos­i­tive out­look keeps Batan­gas grandma alive

- By Marita Moaje Viral · Society · Bullying · Celebrities · Natural Disasters · Disasters · Batangas · Manila · Philippines · Metro Manila · Italy · Supermodels · Bicol Region

MANILA—AN 80-year-old se­nior from Batan­gas said neither a ty­phoon nor a pan­demic can put her down. Paulina Ser­rano or “Inay Nena” said she al­ready sur­vived sev­eral dis­as­ters—vol­cano erup­tions, ty­phoons, name it.

How­ever, her pos­i­tive at­ti­tude in life con­tin­ues to power her through life’s big­gest storms.

She said her chil­dren even ad­mired her very pos­i­tive at­ti­tude in life.

In the Philip­pines, the year started with erup­tion of the Taal Vol­cano, af­fect­ing the prov­ince of Batan­gas and ar­eas in Metro Manila.

Af­ter the erup­tion, the coron­avirus pan­demic made its way across the coun­try.

This Novem­ber, the strong­est ty­phoon in the world this year hit the Philip­pines— de­stroy­ing houses and in­fra­struc­tures and claim­ing lives in Bi­col and other ar­eas in Lu­zon.

De­spite this, Inay Nena would be seen smil­ing, laugh­ing, and danc­ing in front of her bakeshop in their home­town.

“At my age, even when the vol­cano erupted… I don’t want to be stressed. I was able to sur­vive the vi­o­lent vol­cano erup­tion. It seemed noth­ing to me. I just stayed at home and didn’t leave,” she said in an in­ter­view.

She said she was walk­ing in the mid­dle of a rice field go­ing to Taal when she ex­pe­ri­enced the erup­tion of the vol­cano. She could feel the Earth shak­ing from where she stood.

Tak­ing care of her 101-year-old mother

INAY Nena is liv­ing with her 101-year-old mother, from whom she got her pos­i­tive at­ti­tude in life. She said her mother turned 101 on Novem­ber 1.

With the pan­demic rag­ing on, she sent her mother to her sib­ling to keep her pro­tected from health haz­ards.

“I sent my mother to my sib­ling in Lipa three months ago be­cause I was wor­ried. Many peo­ple come here be­cause they are pleased to see my mother be­cause at her age, she still works. She’s strong, no main­te­nance medicine, no sick­ness, she just drinks milk and eat enough food,” she said.

She said she doesn’t want her mother to con­tract Covid-19.

A neigh­bor, Inay Nena said, got in­fected with the dis­ease but was im­me­di­ately trans­ferred to a quar­an­tine fa­cil­ity.

‘Pray hard’

INAY Nena said 2017 was the most dif­fi­cult year for her, when her son died of sick­ness. “The big­gest blow of my life was in 2017 when my son died. But I prayed and I said, he can now rest, even if it was very painful, I gave him to the Lord, I sur­ren­dered him,” she said.

Now, Inay Nena said she just en­joys her life.

Her late hus­band, she said, started a bak­ery busi­ness that she runs un­til now. She said the busi­ness be­came the source of their liveli­hood and helped them send their chil­dren to school. Now, her other four chil­dren live and work in Italy.

‘Don’t give up’

INAY Nena, mean­whi le, con­doled with the vic­tims of the re­cent ty­phoon. Her only ad­vice is for them not to give up and have faith.

“Their view in life should al­ways be pos­i­tive no mat­ter what. They should not let them­selves be de­feated by prob­lems. Pray. If they do not have a liveli­hood, try to find ways and not rely on other peo­ple,”

Inay Nena said.

 ?? PHOTO GRABBED FROM BELETH SER­RANO AQUINO FB PAGE ?? PAULINA SER­RANO or “Inay Nena,” 80-yearold of Magui­han, Le­mery, Batan­gas, dances in front of her bakeshop. She said neither a pan­demic nor a dis­as­ter can shake her pos­i­tive out­look in life.
PHOTO GRABBED FROM BELETH SER­RANO AQUINO FB PAGE PAULINA SER­RANO or “Inay Nena,” 80-yearold of Magui­han, Le­mery, Batan­gas, dances in front of her bakeshop. She said neither a pan­demic nor a dis­as­ter can shake her pos­i­tive out­look in life.

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