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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, July 5, 2016
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118-year-old has more
than 100 grandchildren

A grandmother from Barangay Oringao in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, who may be the oldest living person in the world has more than 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, they are having difficulty counting, her son, Ernesto Susano, said yesterday.

Francisca Susano who is 118 years old said she was born on Sept. 11, 1897 but the Gerontology Research Group or Guinness World Records has to verify this before she can be officially recognized as the world's oldest living person.

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.

In 2015 Susano received P100,000 from the Negros Occidental provincial government during the 117th Cinco de Noviembre celebration for being a centenarian, after she was found to be 118 years old.

Merle Garcia of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office yesterday said they gave her the centenarian award based on a case study of social workers since Susano had no birth certificate.

Birth certificates from 1897 were not available so we based the award on a casestudy by social workers, acertificationfrom the barangay and heridentificationcard from the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs, Garcia said.

They also based it on the ages of Susano's children and their marriagecertificates.

Susano's son Ernesto, 84, with whom she lives with in Barangay Oringao, told the DAILY STAR yesterday that his mother had 14 children but only eight are alive.

He said Susano's oldest living child is Magdalena Ortega, is 95. Their oldest sibling Lydia who passed away several years ago would have been 99 today.

Susano, who still has good hearing and can walk, said her secret for a long life is she loves to eat fresh vegetables.*CPG

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