PALAWAN - A Palawan grandmother could be the world's oldest person at 118 years old.
Francisca Susano of Puerto Princesa City was born on September 11, 1897 in Negros, according to her birth certificate.
Once her birth records have been verified by international bodies, such as the Gerontology Research Group or Guinness World Records, she could be officially recognized as the world's oldest living person.
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.
ABS-CBN News was able to secure a copy of Susano's birth certificate.
Susano, who is based in Palawan but is in Negros at the moment to spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, said she mostly eats fruits and vegetables.
She also loves to play the flute to relieve stress.
Susano and other centenarians in the Philippines will be the recipient of a cash grant of P100,000 each from the government following the passage of the Centenarian Act of 2016 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III. - report from Cherry Camacho, ABS-CBN News