Centenarian Lola From Negros Occidental is a Candidate for the Oldest Living Person Alive

Lola Francisca Susano is already 122 years old. Yes, your eyes are clear! It is 1-2-2. She is turning 123 years old this year. She is among the 75 centenarian awardees of Negros First Centenarian Act awarded by the Government of Negros Occidental Province during the 117th Cinco de Noviembre commemoration last November 5, 2015.

Francisca Montes-Susano of Barangay Oringao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental was born on September 11, 1897. She is the oldest person in the province and most likely the oldest person in the world.

Currently, the recognized world’s oldest person as confirmed by Guinness World Records is Kane Tanaka of Japan who was born on 2 January 1903. But, once Lola Francisca's birth records have been verified by international bodies, such as the Gerontology Research Group or Guinness World Records, she could be officially recognized as the world's oldest living person.

Lola Francisca bore 14 children with her husband, Pabian. She recalled that Lolo Pabian died a long time ago at the age of 89. And, 8 of their children are still living. Their eldest daughter, Magdalena Ortega, is 95 years old. She has even seen the children of her great-grandchildren.

Francisca was even a year older than the Philippine Declaration of Independence, which happened on June 12, 1898. She was born before Philippine Independence, Witnessed Two World Wars (World War I and World War II), Survived the Last Global Pandemic (Spanish Flu, 1918 - 1920) and now facing another Global Pandemic (COVID-19) Also survived the Filipino-American War (1898 - 1946).

Her family confirmed that they have submitted Francisca's records and information to the Guinness Book of World Records so she can be recognized as the oldest living person in the world.

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