MANILA - Surrounded by loved ones, a centenarian in Negros Occidental enjoyed a double celebration in Kabankalan City on Sunday as she marked Grandparents' Day and her 119th birthday.
Speaking to ABS-CBN News, Lola Francisca Susano shared that her only birthday wish was to spend the day with all her family and friends.
Six of Lola Francisca's eight surviving children, who are grandparents themselves, attended the celebration, along with her friends and church mates.
Ernesto Susano, her son, said he hoped her mother will still be in good health on her next birthday.
In an earlier ABS-CBN interview, Lola Francisca said she mostly eats fruits and vegetables. She also loves to play the flute to relieve stress.
Born on September 11, 1897, she is believed to be the world's oldest living person. The Guinness Book of World Records, however, has yet to recognize this feat, pending the verification of her birth records by international bodies.
Currently, the recognized world's oldest person is Emma Morano of Italy, as confirmed by Guinness World Records. She is 116 years old and was born on November 29, 1899.