Panay News

Oldest person in Iloilo votes

-  By Ime Sornito

ILOILO – The acknowledg­ed oldest person in this province, t he 107- year- old Lucila Sobrevega Sobremisan­a of Barangay Cabilauan, New Lucena town, made it a point to cast her vote yesterday.

Her bet for president was Vice President Leni Robredo.

“Nami gid sa iya. Daw ang tanan nga kaayuhan sang banwa nahimu niya. Ti, kuon ko maboto gid ako sa iya,” said Lola Lucila.

For her historic vote, Lola Lucila wore a pale pink dress, the campaign color of Robredo.

“Palanga ko gid si Leni. Pirme ko makita sa TV kag sa newspaper. Daw kanami lang, amo na nga naghimurat gid ako magboto,” said the centenaria­n.

Lola Lucila is turning 108 this Oct. 31. Her mind remains lucid although she needed some assistance when walking.

She lives with her eldest daughter, Nemia Sobremisan­aSumongcad, 75, in Jaro, Iloilo City but has not transferre­d her voter’s registrati­on which is in New Lucena.

Because there’s still a coronaviru­s pandemic, Lola L u c i l a wo re a f a c e m a s k yesterday, pink of course. She matched this with a pink bag, pink hat, and pink bracelet.

Lola Lucila arrived at Cabilauan Elementary School ( voting center) at around 10 a. m. She was assisted by her daughter and cheered by her grandchild­ren.

A senior citizen, she was prioritize­d at t he voting

precinct. A grandchild shaded her ballot for her.

Lola Lucila told Panay News, “Kahibalo pa ako magbasa kag magsulat. Sanag pa ang mata ko. Way pa takun nag-uli-anon. Pirme ako nagabasa sang akon pangamuyo kag may Bible ako.”

According to her daughter, her siblings did not want anymore their mother to vote, considerin­g the pandemic and her frail body.

“Garing kay naga- insister gid bala haw. So, siling ko sa mga manghud ko, basi kon indi pagpa- botohon, amo pa na halinan sang stress ya,” said Sobremisan­a-Sumongcad. “Nagpabakal gid sia sang kalo nga pink kag abaniko na pink.”

Lola Lucila said she has no secret as to why she’s still strong despite being a centenaria­n.

Sang una l aswa ang ginakaon, tanan nga laswa, tanan nga prutas nga ara sa amon… Wala kami pagkaon sang baboy kag mga karne… isda amo gid pirme. Ang gina-‘bitsin’ namon, ginamos. Wa l a kami naga- usar sang seasoning,” she added.

Another reason was her being prayerful, Lola Lucila added.

Lola Lucila has a hearty appetite, especially with her favorite tinolang tambo.

Sobremisan­a-Sumongcad shared that her mother had never been admitted to the hospital for severe illness, only that case three years ago when she had mild pneumonia and a swollen leg.

Lola Lucila has four children and 11 grandchild­ren./

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PHOTO BY IME SORNITO

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