Story at a glance
- A Puerto Rican man was named the oldest male person alive by Guinness World Records.
- The 112-year-old man, Emilio “Don Millo” Flores Márquez, was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 8, 1908.
- Flores Márquez was married to Andrea Perez for 75 years before she died in 2020.
A Puerto Rican man was named the oldest man alive on Wednesday by Guinness World Records.
The 112-year-old man, Emilio “Don Millo” Flores Márquez, was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 8, 1908.
As an added fun fact, the editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday, noted that Flores Márquez was “born, interestingly, on the 8th day of the 8th month in the 8th year of the 20th century!”
Flores Márquez was the oldest of 11 children and began working on his father’s sugarcane farm at a young age because of this.
“I was the oldest of the children, so I did everything. I scrubbed, I took care of the boys, I did everything,” Flores Márquez said.
Flores Márquez was married to Andrea Perez for 75 years before she died in 2020. The father of four also has five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and now lives in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Oldest person living (male): 112 years and 326 days – Emilio Flores Marquez
And as for Flores Márquez’s secret to a long and happy life?
“My father raised me with love, loving everyone. He always told me and my siblings to do good, to share everything with others,” Flores Márquez said. “Besides, Christ lives in me.”
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