(NEXSTAR) – A Filipina considered the oldest person in the world has died aged 124.
Lola Francisca Susano died early Monday evening, according to the town of Kabankalan, in Negros Occidental province, Philippines.
“It is with sadness in our hearts that we learned of the death of our beloved Lola Francisca Susano,” the city government posted on Facebook. “His official declaration as the oldest person in the world at 124 years old is currently validated by Guinness World Records.”
CNN Philippines reported that the cause of her death has not yet been determined, according to city information official Jake Carlyne Gonzales, who said Susano will be tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday even though she does not. apparently have no symptoms of the virus.
Susano was born on September 11, 1897, before the Philippines gained independence from Spanish rule, CNN Philippines reported.
City officials, including Mayor Pedro Zayco, Jr. and Deputy Mayor Raul Rivera, and “all residents of the city of Kabankalan offer their condolences and pray with Lola Iska’s family during their time of mourning,” wrote the city in the post.
“Lola Iska will always remain our inspiration and our pride”, we can read in the message.
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