- A 119-year-old Pinay from Puerto Princesa is vying for the Guinness Book of World Records title as the "world's oldest living person"
- Lola Francisca Susano was born on September 11, 1897 in Negros Occidental
- The current record holder for the oldest person alive is 116-year-old Emma Morano from Italy
As what they say, "Kalabaw lang ang tumatanda".
An unbelievably 119-year-old Filipina from Puerto Princesa is vying for a Guinness Book of World Records title for the oldest living person alive.
Born on September 11, 1897 in Barangay Oringao in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, Francisca Susano now living in Palawan loves to play harmonica. The sweet sound of the instrument complements her unfading beauty despite her age. Because of er amazingly old age, volunteers from a resort in Puerto Princesa City submitted her story this month to the organization of the Guinness Book of World Records, aiming to give lola Francisca the oldest living person alive title.
The Pinay could possibly be named as such, as the currently recognized person for the title is Emma Morano, 116 years old from Verbania, Italy.
According to lola Francisca, her secret for reaching 119 years of age is staying positive, eating healthy food, and abstaining from alcoholic drink. The still strong woman does not mind travelling as she also visits her family in Puerto Princesa and in Negros Occidental.
According to reports, lola Francisca was the eldest among the 75 centenarians who received cash worth P100,000 each from the provincial government of Negros Occidental in the 117th Cinco de Noviembre celebration held at Bacolod City in 2015.
The long life seems to run in the blood as lola Francisca who got married when she was 14 and bore her first child when she was 17, has an eldest daughter aged 100 years old.
Once lola Francisca's age has been verified by the Gerontology Research Group which tracks the age of people who are aged at least 110 years old, she will officially be pronounced as the “world’s oldest living person”.