A woman believed to be the oldest person in the world and born in the 19th century has died at a reported age of 124.
Francisca Susano, who was Filipino, died on Monday night at her home in the town of Kabankalan, in Negros Occidental.
Local government officials have claimed the supercentenarian was the world’s last surviving person born in the 19th century.
Ms Susano, who was affectionately known as Lola Iska, was born on September 11, 1897, according to official documents.
This would have made her just one year old when the Spanish relinquished reign over the Philippines.
Her birth year was also the same year the ice cream scoop was invented and Marconi sent over the first ever radio transmission across the sea.
According to city public information officer Jake Carlyne Gonzales, Lola’s cause of death is yet to be determined.
Mr Gonzales told CNN Philippines that she would be tested for Covid, but she was not thought to have suffered from any symptoms of the illness.
Lola’s age, which had broken records by surpassing the previous world’s oldest by three years, has been confirmed by local officials, though she died before the claim was independently verified.
Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122, is the current world record holder for oldest person to have ever lived.
The Guinness World Records was believed to still have been examining documents needed for her to be officially declared as world’s oldest person, as recently as September.
The City Government of Kabankalan said on Facebook that it was with “sadness in our heart” that they received the news their beloved Lola Francisca Susano passed away early on Monday evening.
“Lola Iska is considered the oldest person in Negros Occidental and the Philippines,” the statement read.
“Mayor Pedro Zayco, Vice Mayor Raul Rivera and all city officials as well as all the people of Kabankalan City condoles and prays with the family of Lola Iska in their period of bereavement.
“Lola Iska will always remain as our inspiration and pride.”
According to Sun Online reports, the secret to her long life was believed to include a diet mainly consisting of vegetables and a little meat with no pork.
Lola also credited an alcohol-free lifestyle as helping her longevity.
While Lola’s hometown seems convinced that she is the new official record holder, the family of another man who died aged 127 have also called on the Guinness World Records to crown him the oldest person who ever lived.
Natabay Tinsiew, died in a remote village called Azefa, in Eritrea, Africa, in late September.
In the days after his death, his family called the world record-keepers to ask them to officially recognise him as the oldest person to have ever lived.
Zere Natabay, Mr Natabay’s grandson, claims he has spoken with Guinness and provided official documents to prove the year of his granddad’s birth.
A birth certificate from Mr Natabay’s church as a child show the year of his baptism as 1894.
His family claim the remoteness of his village resulted in a late baptism – 10 years after his birth when a priest finally visited.
The family are waiting for Guinness to tell them they have validated Mr Natabay’s documents.