Baguio honors centenarians

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Friday, September 6, 2013


TWO women centenarians were honored during the Baguio City's 104th charter for reaching the age of 100, though one of them was awarded posthumously as she recently passed away.

One of the honorees Mila "Shania" Rives-Palispis, eldest daughter among the eight children of Rafael Rives and Masinag Bangkoyao, was born on August 8, 1913 in Loakan, Baguio City.

In her early twenties, she married Ramon Palispis, a farm worker and animal caretaker from Bakakeng, with whom she had four children.

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Being widowed at the age of 32, as her husband Ramon died of Malaria during the war; Palispis, as to Ibaloi culture and tradition changed her name to Shania. Her eldest child was then nine years old, the youngest only a year old; Palispis had to do farming to survive.

Through prayers, hard work and help from her younger sister, all her children went to school and became professionals. At present, all have retired from government service but are involved in service-oriented activities, including public service in the barangay. Her grandchildren, now professionals too, are raising their children, her great grandchildren as to christianly training from Lola Shania.

Palispis’ long life has been attributed to her being disciplined and prayerful, as attested to those close to her.

The resolution honoring her reads, "She is truly an icon of longevity, and a lighthouse of wisdom not only of her family but of the entire city of Baguio."

Another Baguio centenarian is Aurelia Tolete-Bambico of Barangay Upper QM Subdivision. Born on November 12, 1912 as evidenced by the certificate of baptism dated November 13, 2013 as certified by the parish of Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur, Aurelia was among the eight children of Gregorio Tolete and Tomasa Tayaba. She was married to Eugenio Bambico Sr., a Baguio policeman; and they settled in the city for 61 years.

They had four children, now professionals, who were under her care as a hardworking housewife; who dabbles in sewing and gardening. She, as a truly responsible citizen, also shared her talents and blessings with the QM community, with which she is fondly remembered.

Bambico, however, passed away before the charter day celebration.

Meanwhile, senior citizens reaching 100 years of age shall have additional benefits, as to the recently-approved Ordinance 45, s. of 2013. These include monthly check-up by a government health personnel, cash award of P10,000, a plaque of recognition and congratulatory resolution of the City Government, and other incentives.

The measure, known as the Centenarian Awards Ordinance, however requires that the awardee should be a permanent resident of the city for at least five years up to the recognition; should have reached 100 at the time of awarding; and should be personally present to receive the award, to be given by city officials in a fitting ceremony.

There are, however, cases that a simple ceremony for the awardee is done immediately after his/her 100th birthday.

Documents such as birth certificate, marriage contract or any valid document containing the date of birth of the awardee; other records issued by duly established institutions such as school or employment records, or relevant documents are needed to prove the awardee's age. (Julie Fianza)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 07, 2013.

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