Negrense Lola Francisca Montes Susano or more commonly known as “Lola Iska” recently celebrated her 124th birthday last September 11, 2021
Lola Iska is a Supercentenarian, people who live to age 110 or even longer, and with her recent birthday Lola Iska breaks her own record as the oldest known living Filipino.
She hails from Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental and has 14 children. It would seem like long-life runs in the family as her eldest daughter is also a centenarian at 101 years old.
At this age of 124, Lola Iska now surpasses, Kane Tanaka (118), a Japanese supercentenarian, who holds the title of the “World’s oldest living person” in the Guinness World Records. Lola Iska have also outlived the oldest living person in records, Jeanne Calment of France, who was 122 when she died in 1997.
To have the title though, it still needs to be verified. The necessary documents were already received by the Guinness Organization. The Gerontology Research Group, a global group of researchers in various fields that verifies and tracks supercentenarians, is currently verifying these documents too.
If you are not yet aware, women dominate in the “who lives longer” category compared to men. The longest lifespan for a man was of Jiroemon Kimura of Japan (116) and the current world’s oldest known living man is 112-year-old Saturnino de la Fuente García of Spain.
Lola Iska is also the only living Filipino born in the 19th century. Born in 1897, she lived through all 16 Philippine presidents, survived the 1918-20 Spanish Flu pandemic, and World War I and II and now experiencing the covid-19 pandemic.
As pointed out by an expert, supercentenarians having lived through all that, dies for reasons that are independent of what affects younger people.
In summary, supercentenarians may just have a better chance of survival than us younger ones whenever there are new diseases or situations.