- Jessie, originally Cuban-American, travelled to the Philippines and fell in love with the country
- Now, at 104, she is now a citizen of the country thanks to a centenarian bill that President Aquino signed into law
- In this article, she shares her ten secrets to a great life
Jessie Josephine Coe Lichauco, the star of the documentary Curiosity, Adventure & Love, was a young girl of 18 when she embarked on a 28-day boat ride by herself to the Philippines for statesman Marcial Lichauco, whom she had befriended in Washington. On that same year - 1933 - they married.
They settled down in Manila, and apart from raising a family Jessie had her hands full with socio-civic activities that helped empower the less fortunate.
Back in 2012, President Benigno Aquino signed into law an act that granted her Philippine citizenship for her immense social contributions to the country, for adopting the Philippines as her home by speaking the Filipino language and immersing herself in the Philippine culture.
Now Jessie is 104 years old, and she's still as vibrant as the day she first set foot on Philippine soil. How does she do it, you ask?
Below she shared 10 secrets to living a happy and meaningful life.
1. On getting older: Jessie doesn't worry about things she doesn't have control over, and neither should you. Own your seniority!
2. On courage: Sometimes, she believes that there is more courage in leaving a fight than staying for it. Choose the ones you want to stay for - and the ones you'll need to let go of.
3. On anger: Holding a grudge and regret are major vibe killers. Pick yourself up, bandage your wounds and carry on.
4. On the Filipino smile: Filipinos always have a smile that reaches all the way up to their eyes, regardless of their situation. They always have a reason to light up.
5. On keeping friendships: If there's anything nice you can say to someone, Jessie recommends you say it.
6. On grudges: Grudges are too heavy and too messy for you to bother carrying around.
7. On living: Here, Jessie states that the key is moderation; "a little bit of everything".
8. On opportunity: She implies that everybody is on equal ground, and that the only difference between one and the other is the availability of opportunity.
9. On politicians: According to her, the problem is that statesmen no longer exist. Only politicians do.
10. On talent: Any gift you have been blessed with needs to be honed and refined, not dismissed and set aside.
Were these tips helpful? Could Jessie have missed other helpful life hacks? Leave a comment below! - MB, Kami Media