A 101-year-old woman from Barangay Mahabang Parang, Angono, Rizal will be receiving P100,000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in recognition of her being the first living centenarian by the municipal government.

Florencia “Loring” Fernandez of Angono, Rizal, who is turning 101 on February 27, is the Art Capital’s oldest living centenarian on record.

Florencia “Loring” Fernandez, who will turn 101 on Feb. 27, is one of the two Angono residents who will reach 100 years old and above this year.

Fernandez, fondly called by her grandchildren as “Lola Bay,” will receive her P100,000 cash gift and a congratulatory letter from President Duterte from DSWD Region 4-A officials on Feb. 24, ahead of her 101st birthday.

The social welfare officials will hand over the gift to Fernandez at her residence.

Earlier this week, Fernandez also received a P10,000 cash incentive from the Angono Municipal Government through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) as a counterpart benefit being given by the local government of Angono based on Municipal Council Resolution No. 067-2020 that recognizes the town’s senior citizens who have reached their 100th year.

Angono MSWDO head Luisita Vestra told the Manila Bulletin that Fernandez is the town’s first centenarian who received the P10,000 cash gift from the local government of Angono, following the local resolution’s enactment in 2020.

Fernandez, a native of Calasiao, Pangasinan, worked as a nursing aide at V. Luna Hospital in Quezon City prior to her retirement. She has five children, three of whom died, and 19 grandchildren.

Ruby Mutya, one of Lola Bay’s two surviving children, said her mother also served as a caregiver for former President Elpidio Quirino while she was still working as a nursing aide.

Mutya told the Manila Bulletin that her mother’s fondness for vegetables during her younger years and even up to the present could be one of the factors why her mother has reached 101 with no serious ailments.

Lola Bay loves watching wrestling and boxing matches on television, according to her daughter.

“She named her favorite wrestlers as Hulk Hogan, Undertaker, and John Cena. She even shouts and reacts while she is watching a wrestling,” Mutya said.

‘Birthday wish’

The centenarian is also a fan of television host Willie Revillame and wishes to see him in person or get an online greeting for him for her 101st birthday.

“We even planned to go to Wowowin studio just to fulfill my mother’s wish to see Willie but the quarantine situation has prevented us from doing so,” Mutya said.

Republic Act 10868, the Centenarians Act of 2016, recognizes the living centenarians in the country for their longevity, through a P100,000 cash gift and a letter of felicitation coming from the President.

Vestra said Fernandez was supposed to get the P100,000 cash benefit from the national government back in 2020 but the pandemic has delayed the release of the allocated fund from the DSWD national.

Aside from Fernandez, the MSWDO is also preparing to give recognition to another pandemic centenarian, Paula Lim, who is also 101 years old.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/02/24/angonos-first-pandemic-centenarian-to-receive-p100000-cash-gift/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=angonos-first-pandemic-centenarian-to-receive-p100000-cash-gift)