Could a Filipina be the oldest person alive?

Could a Filipina be the oldest person alive?

- Francisca Susano of Palawan has the potential to be the world's oldest person

- She will turn 119 years old come September 11

- Only a verification from the Gerontology Research Group or the Guinness World Records is  needed before Lola Francisca can officially take the title of world's oldest living person

Could a Filipina be the oldest person alive?

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Who would have thought that the oldest person alive could be a Filipina? Francisca Susano, a grandmother from Palawan, has the potential to be the world's oldest person at 118-years-old, soon to be 119 this September 11.

Her birth certificate shows that she was born in the year 1987, in Barangay Oringao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Once her birth records are verified and authenticated by the Gerontology Research Group or the Guinness World Records, Lola Francisca can officially take the title of world's oldest living person!

Currently, the Guinness World Records awards this title to Emma Morano of Verbania, Italy. She is 116 years old and has been alive since November 29, 1899.

According to a report from ABS-CBN, part of Susano's secret to a long life has been a diet consisting mostly of fruits and vegetables. She loves to play the flute as a stress reliever.

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Could a Filipina be the oldest person alive?

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The Visayan Daily Star reported Susano to be the eldest among 75 centenarians who each received P100,00 from the Negros Occidental provincial government. This was part of their 117th Cinco de Noviembre celebration, held at the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City last 2015.

Now that former president Benigno Aquino III signed the Centenarians Act of 2016, Susano will be receiving an additional P100,000 from the Philippine government.

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It seems Susano's longevity has extended to her children as well - according to her, after marrying at the age of 14 and bearing her first child at 17, her eldest daughter is now 100 years old!

The news report added that she had 14 children, 70 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. - MB, Kami Media

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