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Vigan thanks elderly Ilocanos in their 90s

by Imelda Castro-Rivero

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur (9 October) -- More than a hundred Ilocanos in this city who are 90 years old and above were awarded with gratitude and appreciation in cash, in kind on Friday afternoon by the City Mayor Ferdinand C Medina.

The event was the culminating part of the Senior Citizens' Week in the city which started with a Holy Mass at the Saint Paul Cathedral on Sunday, October l, and a motorcade in Metro Vigan on Monday morning.

With the theme "Nakatatanda: Kaagapay sa Pagkakaisa at Kapayapaan" (The Elderlies: Support in Unity and Peace), the nationwide celebration of Elderly Filipino Week, popularly called Senior Citizens Week, tries to make every Filipino appreciate the endless cooperation that the Filipino elders have been giving to the Filipino society. That they are "the living treasure of the society".

In Vigan City the week-long celebration included medical services (diagnostic and laboratory tests) and dental services, beauty salon services and film showing held at the Vigan Youth Center and the Vigan Culture and Trade Center.

City Mayor Medina expressed his gratitude to the strong support of the elderlies in the city's progress, and he assured them of the city government's' strictly implemented policies which prioritize the betterment of the city's elderlies.

Mrs Maria Sumabat, the President of the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines, Vigan City Chapter, on the other hand, reminded her fellow Vigan elderlies of their "saranay" dues which goes to dead Federation members. She said that the collected "saranay" is now less than ten thousand pesos. (PIA Vigan) [top]

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