Baguio honors another centenarian

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City officials honored Jauna Regala Torres as another centenarian of the city.

Torres was born on March 27, 1921 in Samuan, Pampanga and she is the eldest of her 6 siblings who, however, passed away through the years.

Under Resolution No. 377, series of 2021 signed by Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong, Juana reportedly completed a 2-year vocational course in cooking at the Philippine Women’s University in Manila where she met her townmate Antonio Torres who was then studying at Adamson University.

Further, the resolution noted that their friendship blossomed and they got married on November 28, 1942 and they were able to have 10 children, 28 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren.

According to him, Antonio worked as a teacher at the National Police Commission – Cordillera Administrative Region during the 1970s and as a criminology professor at the University of Baguio (UB) while the Torres family decided to stay at Barangay Camp Allen.

In 1978, the family built their residential house at Loakan Proper barangay where Juana is now living with her 60-year-old son Emmanuel Torres and 73-year-old daughter Carolina T. Garcia who are taking care of her.

The resolution stipulated that Juana nibbles a lot of biscuits in the morning and strictly eats freshly prepared food.

She loves to watch television programs to relate on what is happening outside and prefers just to stay inside their house.

The resolution claimed that Juana has still good eyesight but has alleged hearing difficulties.

At present, she takes maintenance medicines and vitamins, eats her meals regularly and sleeps a lot to help in maintaining her good health.

The resolution emphasized that the city’s new centenarian be awarded the appropriate privileges and benefits pursuant to the pertinent provisions of Ordinance No. 45, series of 2013 as amended by Ordinance No. 53, series of 2016 and further amended by Ordinance No. 84, series of 2019.

Under the aforesaid ordinance, the centenarian shall be receiving a plaque of recognition and a congratulatory resolution of the local government; cash award of P10,000, regular monthly visit by government health personnel for checkup and other incentives as may be determined by the city.

The centenarian awardee must be a permanent resident of the city for at least 5 years up to the date of the award of recognition; should have reached the age of 100 years at the time of the awarding and should be personally present to receive the ward of recognition to be personally given by the city officials in a fitting ceremony.

The awardee must be able to present his or her birth certificate or in its absence, a marriage contract or any other valid document that contains the date of birth of the awardee; other recorded issued by duly established institutions like school records or employment records and other relevant documents. By Dexter A. See