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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, July 4, 2016
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World's oldest living
person a Negrense?
BY CARLA GOMEZ

A grandmother who lives in Barangay Oringao in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, and is turning 119 on September 11 could be declared the oldest living person in the world.

Francisca Susano's birth certificate states that she was born on Sept. 11, 1897 and once her birth records are verified by the Gerontology Research Group or Guinness World Records, she could be officially recognized as the world's oldest living person, ABS-CBN reported.

The Guinness World Records confirmed in May that Emma Morano of Verbania, Italy is the oldest living person at 116 years old. She was born on Nov. 29, 1899.

Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco yesterday confirmed that Susano is still alive and living in Oringao.

Susano was the eldest of the 75 centenarians, who received P100,000 each from the Negros Occidental provincial government during the 117th Cinco de Noviembre celebration at the provincial Capitol in Bacolod, last year.

Susano said she got married at the age of 14, and bore her first child at 17. Her eldest daughter is now 100 years old.

Susano had 14 children, but only eight of them are still living. She also has 70 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, she said in November last year.

Susano, formerly a farmer, said her secret to a long life is she loves to eat fresh vegetables and is fond of music. Despite her age, she still cooks vegetables without additives, she said. She also plays the flute.

Aside from the P100,000 she received from the provincial government, Susano is in for another windfall.

Former President Benigno Aquino III signed the Centenarians Act of 2016 a week before he stepped down from Malacañang granting all Filipino centenarians like her P100,000 each from the Philippine government.*CPG

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