Woman from Bacolod marks 119th birthday

As she marked her 119th birthday on Sunday, a woman from Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental might become the oldest living person in the world.

The woman who was born on September 11, 1987 was Francisca Susano, a resident of Barangay Oringao.

Susano marked 119th birthday last Sunday and might be declared as the oldest living person on top of Emma Morano of Italy.

Susano is about two years older than Morano who is considered by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living person. Morano’s birthday is November 29, 1899.

However, Guiness has yet to verify the birth records of Susano.

According to reports, Susano had a double celebration last Sunday, as aside of marking her 119th birthday, her family and friend also marked Grandparents’ Day at Zaycoland Resort in the southern Negros city.

Last year, Susano and 74 other centenarians in Negros Occidental were honored by the provincial government in November, wherein each of them received a cash incentive of P100,000.

This is in connection to the Negros First Centenarian Act who gives centenarians a one-time cash incentive of P100,000. Under the ordinance, beneficiaries must be a resident of Negros Occidental for at least three years. Those living in Bacolod City are not qualified.

In an interview, Susano said that she got married at 14 and had 14 children, eight of whom are still alive.

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