Negros Occidental woman could be world’s oldest person at 122 years old

Published September 14, 2019, 11:59 AM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Marjaleen Ramos

A woman from Negros Occidental turned 122 years old on September 11 that could possibly make her as the oldest person in the world.

Photo from Hope Sipalay Jeter Canoy's Facebook page/ MANILA BULLETIN
Photo from Hope Sipalay Jeter Canoy’s Facebook page/ MANILA BULLETIN

Francisca Susano’s relatives prepared a simple celebration in her home in Barangay Oringao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

Susano was reportedly born on September 11, 1897, and has more than 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Several visitors came to greet her, including the local police who brought her a cake.

Helen Cachero, Susano’s grandaughter, said that her grandmother could still hear and speak, but already had difficulty standing up.

Susano, in an interview with ABS-CBN, said her secret to long life was her love for fresh vegetables from their farm, which she cooks without additives.

Her family and those who know her believe that she is the oldest person in the world alive.

Cachero said that they have already submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records the documents proving that Susano is the oldest person in the world.

Kane Tanaka of Japan at 116 years old is currently recognized by Guinness as the oldest person in the world.