Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile just turned 95 years old on Valentine’s Day. Despite being the oldest senatorial candidate for the upcoming midterm elections, he confidently said that he still can do it.
Waving through a crowd of supporters, Enrile assured them, “Kaya pa!” during a campaign in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
At his age, the former Senate Chief proudly said he can still walk upright and has a pretty good stamina.
Enrile already shared in a previous interview that he may even outlive some of the incumbent senators. In jest, he said, “I’m not saying that I’m immortal, but only God knows.”
Born in 1924, Enrile claimed that he’s the only living senator who witnessed all administrations “from Aguinaldo to Duterte.”
Enrile added that he hopes to live past being a centenarian, “I hope I will reach 110 years old, but in life, you cannot control the number of years. Only God can control it.”
The secret to his long life, he said, is reading, healthy lifestyle and a good portion of “saluyot.”
“My secret in fighting ageing is saluyot. My foods are dinengdeng. Every Sunday, that is what I’m eating,” Enrile confided.
He added that he doesn’t adhere to a strict diet as he still eats lechon, chicharon, adobo, pork chop and bagnet. However, he doesn’t eat rice in the evening.
Reading and writing also keeps him young. Enrile said, “Your brain can be as young or as old as you want it. If you want to have a young brain, just don’t use it. If you want an old brain, fill it with ideas and information.”