In the town of Dzidzantún, Yucatán, surrounded by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, Don Filiberto Puc celebrated his 108 birthday healthy and happy.
The 108 “birthday boy” said he feels blessed by God for reaching this age, something that very few can achieve.
Sitting in his armchair, facing the window, “Don Filo” as everybody in town knows him, responded to the questions of Diario de Yucatán, and told anecdotic tales from “ancient” times.
During this conversation, the man looks lucid and serene, talking with a peaceful gaze, as if time had stopped in front of his eyes. He spoke of his youth but most of all, he talked about his late wife and his children.
Filiberto Puc was born on August 22, 1907 in Dzidzantún, Yucatán. At the age of 14, he met a man named Mr. Avila who taught him “corte de penca” (to harvest the plant of henequen), a job that he performed for a long time.
He also recalled that he married Maximina May, who passed away 37 years ago, when Don Filo was already 71 years old. They had eight children: Miguel, Paula, Denise, Teodora, Ismael, Guadalupe, Elda and Angela.
During his life, Don Filo also worked as woodcutter, supervisor of one of the local “ejidos”, farmer and rancher, those jobs allowed him to support his family throughout the years.
At 108 years old he is still in good health and able to engage in pleasant conversation. Every evening he sits at the door of his house to take some fresh air and greet his friends and acquaintances.
He used to go to the park to “hang out” with his peers and enjoy the shade of the big algarrobo tree there, until recently. He said that he used to ride his bike there; but he had to stop doing so, because he says that people nowadays drive recklessly and he fears being hit by a car or truck.
At the end of the interview, Filiberto Puc declared he feels grateful for reaching this age, and thanked God for giving him another year of life, and most of all for his good health.
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