Oldest Ifugao Woman Still Reads the Bible Even Without the Need of Eyeglasses

Oldest Ifugao Woman Still Reads the Bible Even Without the Need of Eyeglasses




Here is one for the books.

The average Filipino expectancy 69.3 years, according to the World Health Organization's Statistics published in 2018, which is said to be almost 3 years shorter that of the global average of 72 years.



But for Bugan Datong, the oldest woman in Ifugao Provincethis is not the norm, at an advance age he still reads the  bible even without help of eye corrective glasses.

Bugan Datong,the oldest woman in Ifugao Province
(photo credit to Igotage)





According to Igorotage :

 “Every morning she wakes up early and sits infront of her house. With her naked eyes, she reads her Bible from morning until evening. Most of the time she reads orally that you can hear what she is reading. Her eyes and her Bible can only rest when she eats her meals and during night time when she's asleep. According to her , it is her joy and pleasure to read her Bible every day. She had been doing this for five years from now. Her neighbors always see her reading her book everyday.

In front of her house is a Public Passage Way. Passers by especially those whose first time to see her were surprise upon looking at her reading her book without wearing eyeglasses. That even while they were walking they kept looking back at her saying with one another: "Look, that old woman knew how to read!" "Her eyes can see the letters and the words clearly!" Some of them stoped walking and paused for a while to hear if she reads the words correctly. When they proved that this Old Woman read it correctly, they smiled at her and expressed their praise and appreciation to her. 



Passers by would always joke: Bless us grandma that we may also live a long life like you. We rarely see an old aged like you reading with her naked eyes."


Bugan Datong, is a widow with six (6) children. She is kind and generous. Her formal schooling would only be up that of grade 5, but has shown tremendous memory power because she can remember a lot of things even the "lfugao Native Dance" but can't do this time for she is physically weak due to her advance age.



She has been very industrious since then, “She worked hard in the ricefields and in the mountains. She only ate foods from her own plants and meats from her own fowls which she raised at home. In short, her foods through out her whole life were all ORGANIC.

Her secret is now out.






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Report from Igorotage

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