Ex-chief of Olango village turns 100-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
ON ANY day, Flaviano Ompad Sr. would sit on a hammock under a breadfruit tree after eating breakfast. He would watch people on the street and return home only to eat his meals.
When he has a grandchild with him, he’d sometimes quip: “Daghan man diay gwapa no (There are many pretty women)!”
Yesterday, though, he donned a yellow polo shirt and dark blue slacks to hear mass.
It was no ordinary mass for it signaled the celebration of his 100th birthday party in Barangay Talima, Olango Island.
After the mass officiated by Fr. Leopoldo Palacio, parish priest of St. Augustine Parish in Barangay Sta. Rosa, Ompad blew the candles on a cake as his children, grandchildren and neighbors sang, “Happy Birthday.”
Ompad’s guests included Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, who brought food and a cash gift.
Ompad has 16 children with his wife, but six have died. He has 96 grandchildren and 216 great grandchildren. His wife died years ago at the age of 77.
At 100, Ompad can still walk, with the aid of a cane. He can hardly hear and can only see with his one eye; his other eye was blinded by cataract.
He served as chief of Barangay Talima for 23 years. He is the eldest among four
siblings, two of whom are dead. His younger sister is 97 years old.
Lina Daño, 70, Ompad’s fourth child, said her father doesn’t eat oily foods and drink alcohol.
“Kada adlaw, utan gyud na iyang kan-on (He eats vegetables every day),” she said. He also takes vitamins and drinks milk.
He spends his day on the hammock along the road a few meters from his house.
A fan of world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, he reads newspapers for updates about the athlete, Daño said.
Sometimes, he goes out to watch a cockfight.
Daño said her father told them he is in a romantic relationship with a 60-year-old woman who lives nearby, but some of them consider it a joke.
“Okay ra nako basta kalipay niya. Sige siya’g ingon nga karon na iyang katapusang birthday (It’s fine with me as long as he’s happy. He keeps saying this will be his last birthday),” she said.
Jennifer Managbanag, 54, who travelled from Ormoc City in Leyte to attend her father’s birthday party, said he keeps telling them to dress him well and find him a nice burial place when he dies.
She described him as a good father who would rather talk to his children than punish them physically when they made a mistake.
Aside from his 16 children with his wife, Ompad told reporters he has eight other children with other women. This surprised his children, who were told he only had four children with other women.
Ompad’s eldest son, who passed away years ago, also served as chief of Barangay
Yesterday, Mayor Radaza handed Ompad an envelope containing cash.
He is the fifth centenarian in Lapu-Lapu City who received a cash gift from the mayor and her husband former congressman Arturo Radaza. The cash gift is not less than P10,000.
The mayor has been joining centenarians on their birthday since last year, bringing food prepared by the City’s women’s cooperative.
Dozens of Ompad’s grandchildren were present at the party.
Angela Aying, 23, described her grandfather as a kind man.
“Pila ka tuig gyud siya nag-serbisyo sa mga tawo sa Talima. Proud ko sa iyang pagka-matinabangon (He served the people of Talima for many years. I’m proud of him for being very helpful),” she said.
Cherylen Casio, 26, one of Ompad’s great grandchildren, said they used to play cards with him. They also tease him.
“Mubaskog na siya kung isungog namo’g babay (He gets energized every time we tease him about girls),” she said.
Ompad said he reached 100 because of his prayers. “Ang akong sekreto mao ang pag-ampo sa Ginoo (My secret is prayers to God). Sekreto sad nako mao ang pagmahal og babaye (Loving a woman is also my secret),” he added.
Asked how long he wants to live, he said: “Kung tagaan ko Niya’g usa ka gatos pa ka tuig, musugot ko ana basta tanan Niyang gikuha nako, Iyang ibalik nako (I have no problem if He wants me to live another 100 years, so long as He gives back what He has taken from me).”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 05, 2013.