By Glen S. Ramos
MANILA — The management of Maharlika TV News sent its warm greetings to Lola Francisca Susano as she celebrates her 124th birthday tomorrow, September 11, 2021.
She’s living proof that the Department of Health’s campaign on healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition and diet truly works! The best defense against diseases and aging.
She already surpassed Jeanne Calment, the oldest person who has lived at the age of 122, according to the Guiness Book of World Records.
Interestingly, Lola Francisca outlived the smallpox pandemic in the 1900s, the cholera pandemic in 1905, and the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. And now, the sweeping Covid-19 pandemic.
She has lived through all the terms of our presidents – from Aguinaldo in 1889 to the present Duterte administration.
She is also a living witness to the atrocities of both World War 1 and 2.
Currently the oldest living person in the country, she was born in 1897 in Barangay Oringao in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
The vestige of long life runs in her family with eight out her fourteen children are still alive with her eldest, Magdalena is now 101 years old.
The provincial government of Negros Occidental has given her recognition under the Negros First Centenarian Act of 2015 and considers her a “national treasure.”
According to her family, Lola Susana is still able to walk and talk fluently. Her diet is composed mainly of vegetables and “no pork.”
Health is wealth. The saying is true, as Lola Francisca embodies that adage.
Her family has plans for Lola Francisca to be included in the list of the world’s oldest people in the Guinness Book of World Records. They are currently in the process of gathering pertinent documents needed for her application.
Lola Francisca is now residing in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan with her siblings. (ai/mtvn)