122 Year Old Filipina Claims to be the oldest in the World

122 Year Old Filipina Claims to be the oldest in the World

A 122-year-old Filipina just celebrated her birthday last September 11, 2019. Reports from the Negros Region in the Philippines say that she is the oldest living person in the world. However, Guinness still has yet to verify the claim.

Photo by Helen Susano Cachero

According to the family, a modest gathering of relatives and friends happened in their house last week to celebrate the 122nd birthday of their matriarch. During the gathering, officials from the local government and police also paid the geriatric a visit and bought a cake. Despite the unverified claim, the family of Francisca Susano believes that she is the oldest living person in the world.

Subsequently, the family has already reached out to Guinness World Records to validate the claim. However, Guinness has not yet provided a reply. Currently, Japanese Kane Tanaka, 116, holds the distinct title of the oldest living person. Should this prove to be true, then Susano would be at least six years older.

122 Year Old Woman Still Going Strong

According to Helen Cachero, Susano’s granddaughter, she was born on September 11, 1897. Yes, you read that right. She was born during the time when the Philippines was still under Spanish colonial rule. Hence, she was already a teenager when the First World War ended in 1918 and was already 40 years old at the start of the Second World War.

Throughout her life, the 122-Year-Old woman bore 14 children. Furthermore, she has over 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. However, the question that everybody would like to ask is how was she able to live this long, assuming her age is legitimate?

Cachero mentions that during her grandmother’s heydays, she was a farmer. Notably, Francisca spent her long days of farming and selling vegetables. Accordingly, she lived this long because of her diet, which mostly consists of vegetables that weren’t laced with additives and products.