On the occasion of the International Day of the Elderly, celebrated on October 1st, the Municipality of Portimão paid tribute to seven centenary citizens, at a luncheon that took place in the Portimão Museum's header room, a space also full of memories and evocative of the history of the city and where some secrets of its longevity were shared.
The honored centenary group includes António Boaventura (103 years), Judite Cruz (100 years), Adélia Conceição (106 years), Maria Joaquina (100 years), Daniel Nobre (101 years), Ana Maria Furtado (101 years) and António Barroso (100 years old) for whom, without doubt, this day was full of emotion and memories.
In addition to family members and caregivers of the honored centenarians, the lunch was attended by the mayor of Portimão, Isilda Gomes, accompanied by his executive colleagues, the mayor and the presidents of the parishes of Portimão, Alvor and Mexilhoeira Grande, who joined this tribute.
On the occasion, Isilda Gomes considered these “centenarians +” as “representatives of the history of Portimão, past and present”, and thanked “with great affection all that they did for the community”. "Portimão is an inclusive city and is here to help you with everything you need", assured the mayor.
Some of the honorees had the opportunity to share memories and express their feelings and life experiences, revealing a little of the secret of their longevity. It was the case of António Boaventura, 103 years old and a life dedicated to maritime work, who recalled that at the age of 20 he boarded a cargo ship that operated in Portimão and walked these seas for decades, carried a lot of coal to the steamboats. and transported tons and tons of fish to the dock of Fábrica Féu, where they worked their wife and two other family members. He is currently a user of the Holy House of Mercy of Alvor, where he "feels very well" and is "exquisitely treated".
Maria Joaquina was born on January 10, 1919 and assumes herself as a rural worker and cannery. «Since I was a little girl I walked behind the plow with a hoe, got married and from there I went to the fish factory, where I canned. It was a lot of work, but it needed to make a living and when it blew the factory we had to run away. We looked like a flock of seagulls, because there was nothing else then, ”he recalls. He lives in Portimão in a house of his own, which he is responsible for most of the deals: “This gives me a lot to entertain, whether in cleaning, in cleaning, or in cooking. I am still a woman of government, ”he assumes with a smile on his lips. "I have a couple of grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and a great-granddaughter, who are my joy and I will be here for God as long as he wants," he said from the top of his "one hundred years full of joy and sadness."
Daniel da Silva Nobre, who was born in Monchique on July 21, 1918, lived half of his 101 years in the Mexilhoeira Grande area. "I am a country man, I am afraid of the sea and I never dared to leave the land, which gave me so much," he said. As for his longevity, he said at the time, “apart from wiping the floor with our sweat, the best secret is to eat, drink, work and not think too much about the hardships of life. But the big trick was to marry a younger woman, to take good care of me. Maria Perpétua is his 94-year-old "young wife" who said without blinking, "We have been married for 76 years and have always put up with each other well." There is no house where the sun does not come in, so to speak, we have had our disagreements, but when there is no agreement we are fine in it. Both live in the village of S. José de Alcalar and were unanimous in complimenting the existing conditions. «There's a lot for us to entertain. We like to go for a walk and do our life in the normal way, ”said the couple, who have two children, two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.