PH’s oldest person dies at 124

PHOTO CAPTION: The person considered to be the oldest in the Philippines, Francisca “Lola Iska” Susano of Negros Occidental, died Monday evening. She lived to be 124./iNews (Photo courtesy of Kabankalan City Facebook page)

BACOLOD CITY–A Negrense, who was considered the Philippines’ oldest living person, died at around 6:45 Monday night at 124 years old, the Kabankalan City government announced.

Francisca Susano, popularly known as Lola Iska, was from Brgy. Camingawan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. She was born on September 11, 1897, even before the country became independent from Spanish rule.

In an announcement posted on its official Facebook page, the Kabankalan City government said it was saddened upon receiving news that Lola Iska had passed away.

“Lola Susana was considered the oldest person in Negros Occidental and the Philippines,” it said, adding, “Her official declaration as the oldest person in the world at 124 years old is currently being validated by the Guinness World Records.”

City officials led by Mayor Pedro Zayco and Vice Mayor Raul Rivera along with Kabankalan residents and netizens expressed their condolences to the bereaved family and offered prayers for Lola Iska’s repose.

“Lola (Francisca) Susano will always remain as our inspiration and pride,” Zayco said.

Susano is believed to be older than the current world record holder for the oldest living person, Kane Tanaka of Japan, who is 118 years old.

Susano, a member of a local indigenous people’s community, had 14 children, eight of whom survive her. She also has more than 500 grandchildren. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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