According to his ID card, he was actually born on 13 September 1904, but his eldest daughter claimed how he was actually two months younger.
On 13 April 2016, following the death of 111-year-old Harold Bracher of the UK, he became the oldest living man in Europe, at the age of 111 years, 122 days.
On 11 August 2017, following the death of 113-year-old Israel Kristal of Israel, he became a candidate for the title of the world’s oldest living man, at the age of 112 years, 241 days. His age was unvalidated at the time. Two days after his death, on 31 January 2018, his age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group, and his record was posthumously recognized by the Guinness World Records.
On 15 December 2017, following the death of 116-year-old Ana María Vela Rubio, he became the oldest living person in Spain, at the age of 113 years, 2 days.