Senior citizens had a seriously fun-filled day on Tuesday, thanks to the National Commission on Senior Citizens (NCSC) and SM Cares, which jointly organized the unique event called “Simba, Zumba at Sigla” at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Activity Center in Pasay City.
The much-anticipated affair, forms part as Day 4 festivity of the countrywide celebration of the Elderly Filipino Week which started on Saturday, October 1 with a national opening ceremonies in cooperation with the NCSC and the Quezon City government.
The day-long activity started with an early morning mass conducted by Rev. Fr. Chris Robert C. Cellan, SSP with the theme: Shrine of Jesus, The Way, The Truth and the Life, followed by a physical fitness program called Walk for Life and Zumba session at the SM MOA Music Center
NCSC Chairman and CEO Atty. Franklin M. Quijano will deliver the opening address (via Zoom as he headed the Cebu City version of the national celebration) after the singing of the national anthem by the Manila Symphony Orchestra.
An inspirational message was delivered by NCSC Commissioner for Northern Luzon Reymar Mansilungan, who sounded nostalgic with his recollection of “those were the days” stories to the delight of the over-enthusiastic and appreciative crowd of elderlies.
Other important guests who greeted the participants in this special event sponsored by SM Cares, a division of SM Foundation, Inc. include SM Supermalls Senior Vice President Bien C. Mateo and DSWD NCR Regional Director Josefina H. Hernandez.
Pasay City Mayor Imelda “Emi” Calixto Rubiano. Manila vice mayor John Marvin “Yul Servo” C. Nieto also sent congratulatory messages to the participantsm which were read by their respective representatives.
NCSC Southern Luzon Commissioner Lt. Gen, Rainier Cruz will delivered the closing remarks for the fun-filled, spiritually and physically enhancing activity that also offered free SMS, health metrics and products and health services from Valucare, MX3, Watsons, SFMI and Philhealth.
Mobile clinics were likewise set up by SM Foundation Mobile Clinic along Ocean Drive outside the SM Mall of Asia. Free food and drinks were served to all participants.
The Elderly Filipino Week celebration is anchored on Proclamation No. 470, s. 1994, issued by former President Fidel V. Ramos. It is declared every first week of October referred to as Linggo ng Katandaang Filipino or Elderly Week to give importance to elderly Filipinos in nation-building.
According to latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, there were 12,336,355 Filipinos aged 60 years old and above as of May 2020.
The total number of senior citizens was 11.31 percent of the country’s estimated total population at 109,035,343, based on the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (2020 CPH).