First recorded Filipino supercentenarian dies at 124

    Unofficially the oldest living person on earth, Francisca Susano, lovingly called Lola Iska, died on Monday at 6:45 p.m.
    She was 124 years old, according to Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental.

    MANILA, Philippines — The cause of death is yet to be determined by the local health office, said Kabankalan City Public Information Officer Jake Carlyne Gonzales.

    Lola Iska will be tested for COVID-19, a standard procedure, although she did not manifest any symptoms of the virus.

    She was born on 11 September 1897, months short of the country being freed from the Spanish colonizers.

    Meanwhile, in September, the Guinness World Records was still verifying some documents before she could be declared oldest living person.

    Senior Citizens Party-list Representative Rodolfo Ordanes has filed a resolution to grant Lola Iska a cash gift of ₱1 million in recognition of her “monumental achievement” and to assist her and her family during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The resolution remains pending. (RA/The MiNT)

    Featured image: Lola Iska, Francisca Susano, 124, the oldest reported Filipino who ever lived. /Credit:


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