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Two more centenarians honored

BAGUIO CITY – Two more centenarians were honored by the City Government in separate resolutions approved by the City Council last Monday.

They were Leonila Mailig Abreu of Gen. Emilio F. Aguinaldo-Lower QM Brgy. who was born on July 15, 1917 and Gabriel Gallardo Abellada Sr. of South Central, Aurora Hill Brgy who was born on Feb. 20, 1917.

Abreu hails from Cupang, Bauan, Batangas. She is the youngest among eight children of Bernardino Mailig and Gregoria Macuha and married to Pio Abreu, a trader who engaged in farming which also served as the family's main source of income.

In 1950, they left Batangas for Baguio in the hope for better opportunities where they eventually became proud stall owners at Baguio Public Market-Dry Goods Section.

After 20 years of being hardworking traders, they managed a Wood Carving Store at Maharlika Livelihood Center but when her husband died in 1995 at the age of 83, she attended to their business full time;

In spite of the fact that she was not given the opportunity to take formal education due to hardships in life, she is a proud mother of ten children who graduated from college and are gainfully employed, helping each other in times of crisis and always observing strong family ties. Although she is already frail, she is mentally strong. She still remembers the birthdates of her ten children and other important events in her lifetime. Her diet of no-meat keeps her always healthy together with some medications she takes for her long standing hypertension;

Abellada, for his part, was born in Naguilian, La Union but grew up in Baguio City. He is the fifth child in a brood of 11 of Santiago and Graciana Abellada.

After finishing high school, he worked as an auto mechanic and truck driver at Platon Power Corporation in Ambuklao, Bokod, Benguet until his retirement.

He was married to Jacinta Abellada and raised their six children. The couple migrated to the United States in 1982.

Having been granted dual citizenship, Abellada and his second wife, Teodora whom he married in 2001 now live in Hawaii, USA. He comes home to the Philippines on a regular basis.

The no-meat and all vegetables and fruits diet keeps him at the peak of his health and for long life.

Both centenarians were recommended for recognition by the City Social Welfare and Development Office under Betty Fangasan.

The resolutions were authored by Councilor Lilia Farinas.

They will receive plaques of recognition and congratulatory resolution plus cash award of P20,000 plus P5,000 to be given as birthday gift every year and will be entitled to regular monthly visit by government health personnel for check-up. – Aileen P. Refuerzo

 
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