Centenarians get P50T from City
Two centenarians were awarded P50,000 each by Talisay City Mayor Eduardo Gullas yesterday morning.
Rosita Montecillo Codilla, 107, and Francisca Manahan Guda, 100 years old, are both residents of Talisay City, Cebu. Codilla couldn’t make it to the recognition rites because of her condition, but Guda received her award at City Hall after the flag ceremony. Guda is a former teacher. The two also received a plaque of recognition for “their productive and meaningful existence.”
In an interview, Guda shared her secret to a long life. “Akong kaunon pirmi kay isda ra ug gulay, unya inig ka buntag, pan ra. Inig udto ug panihapon dira ra ko mokaon og kan-on (I usually eat fish and vegetables. In the mornings, I only eat bread, but I eat rice during lunch and dinner.)”
Hazel Sevilleno, Talisay City Government public information officer, said that a city ordinance, which is an off-shoot to Republic Act 10868, otherwise known as the Centenarians Act of 2016, is a big help to those who lived beyond a hundred years old, especially in providing funds for their maintenance medicines.
When asked why the money and plaque were only given yesterday, Sevilleno said it took them time to process the cash reward and the plaque.