PHOTO CAPTION: Lola Iska Susano, who is believed to be the world’s oldest person—a claim now subject to verification by the Guinness World Records—celebrated her 124th birthday on September 11, eliciting admiration and well-deserved praises for reaching her impressive age./iNEWS (Photos: Kabankalan City PIO)
BACOLOD CITY–Senior Citizen Party-list Representative Rodolfo Ordanes on Monday filed House Resolution 2207 that will grant a “super centenarian” from Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, a P1 million incentive for having reached her “monumental” age.
Francisca “Lola Iska” Susano of Brgy. Camingawan, Kabankalan City celebrated her 124th birthday last Saturday, September 11.
She was born in 1897 and is believed to be the oldest living person in the world.
Currently, Kane Tanaka of Japan, who was born in 1903, holds the record as the world’s oldest living person at the age of 118.
Lola Iska survived the influenza pandemic from 1918 to 1919 and witnessed World War I from 1914 to 1918 and World War II from 1939 to 1945.
Ordanes said the Guinness World Records has already received Lola Iska’s birth records and documents that prove her longevity.
Lola Iska was greeted on her special day with greetings and gifts from diverse individuals and groups.
Commissioner Franklin Quijano of the National Commission on Senior Citizens presented the gifts for Susano at their house in Brgy. Oringao over the weekend.
The presents included a bouquet of flowers, a plaque of recognition, P10,000 in cash, and a manager’s check worth P24,000.
Kabankalan City Mayor Pedro Zayco and Vice Mayor Raul Rivera also gave a cake, medical supplies, vitamins, and groceries.
The birthday celebrant also received a wheelchair from the Provincial Health Office of Negros Occidental.
This is on top of another wheelchair, vitamins, face shields, house dresses, and blankets given by a team from the Department of Health (DOH) headed by Dr. Elizabeth Altamira. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)