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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Filipino Grandmother Aims To Break Two Guinness Titles

People used to bet and wish to attain a certain age goal that they plan to stay in this world. Many are happy just to know that they will reach 85, 90, others are 95, and a lot of dreams to reach a century. But how many are willing and can be a 'supercentenarian'? A supercentenarian is a person who is and will surpass a century and a decade years old. Once you celebrate your 110th-year of existing you become a certified supercentenarian. This is the story of Lola Francisca Susano, a 122-year-old supercentenarian Filipina who will possibly break two records in Guinness Book of World Records at once.

Francisca Susano, Oldest Filipino
Image: Virtual Pinoy
As of now, the Guinness titleholder as the "Oldest Living Person" is a Japanese woman, Kane Tanaka, 117 years old. Kane Tanaka was born prematurely on the second day of January 1903. She officially became the titleholder after she presented her certificates that affirm her age to the Guinness' staffs in the ceremony at her home last March 09, 2019.

Once the Gerontology Research Group, people who verify birth records, finish processing Lola Francisca's documents with the help of the Philippine government, she may be now officially hailed as the oldest living person.

Another title that Francisca Susano is trying to vie is "The World's Oldest Person Ever Lived" as she exceeded Jeanne Calment of France,122 years old, with almost four more months. Three more months and our dear Lola Francisca will be celebrating her 123 years of life.

Here are the possible benefits Lola Francisca may encounter when she becomes officially enlisted in the Guinness Book of World Records; She might get a monetary gift from the Philippine government and might get an endorsement from private institutions such as insurance companies and businesses that offer a product to prolong life.

With the effectiveness of the Centenarians Act of 2016 notarized by former President Benigno Aquino III, Francisca Susano along with other centenarians received a cash grant of Php 100,000 and a congratulatory letter signed by the president.

Francisca Susano was born on September 11, 1897, almost a year before the Philippines claimed its independence from the Spaniards. She also witnessed World War I on her teens and World War II on her 40's. Today, Lola Francisca is bravely facing another war, the world's battle with a pandemic crisis, COVID-19.

Lola Francisca has 14 children, 8 are still living and the oldest is 99 years old. She has more than 100 grandchildren, including the ones from the 3rd and 4th generation. According to her, since her younger years, she ate a lot of vegetables and a minimal amount of meat except pork. She also abstained from alcohol. His son, Ernesto Susano, attested that Lola Francisca is still responsive, can walk with her own feet, and can hear clearly.

Francisca Susano, Oldest Filipino
Image: ABS-CBN News

Do you know someone who may be a grantee or a candidate for the Centenarian Act of 2016? This act does not only caters to Filipinos who are turning and is 100 years old. The Philippine government also give a monetary gift to elders during their 85th, 90th, and 95th birthdays.

A separate of twenty-five thousand pesos is granted to our Lolo's and Lola's for their 85th and 90th birthday. Another fifty thousand pesos is given for their next 5 years. And lastly, a full hundred thousand, tax-free, can be received for living a century. The processes that cover this act are under the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.


Written by Yna Marie Barcia, IFY Books

"A person who always want to familiarize herself to any skill that seems to be amusing and a student dreaming to learn more".

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