While older generations were never quite at ease with technology’s advancement over time, Josefa Milagros Lopez Vallo, a Centenarian in the Ilocos Region, is accustomed to it in order to have a happier and simpler life.

She is a 101-year-old resident of Nagsaing, Calasiao, Pangasinan who proves that age is just a number and continues to groove with life. Keeping up with today’s dance crazes on TikTok is something Lola Josefa does. 

In her childhood, she was the sixth child among 12 siblings and was able to study in elementary school. Lola Josefa also remembered singing Land of the Morning as part of their flag raising ceremony in school. She married at the age of 18, became a homemaker and a farmer. Despite having 10 children and over 50 grandchildren, she stays active at her age. 

As long as she lives, Lola Josefa hopes to be able to take care of and make her loved ones happy. In addition, prayer and a healthy lifestyle are a part of her daily routine to achieve the Centenarian years. 

Lola Josefa was given a Centenarian cash gift amounting to PhP100,000.00. She is only one of the Centenarians among the Filipinos whether in the Philippines or abroad, who have been given recognition for their outstanding contribution to society in the distribution of incentives from the National and Local Government in accordance with Republic Act No. 10868, or the Centenarians Act of 2016. (by: Princess R. Dumpit, Information Officer I, Social Pension Program Management Office/ Social Marketing Unit)