17 August 1911Chalatenango, Chalatenango, El Salvador


17 April 2023San Pablo Tacachico, La Libertad, El Salvador



Santos Hildebrando Rivas García

Santos Hildebrando Rivas García was a Salvadoran supercentenarian whose age has been validated by LongeviQuest. He is the first validated supercentenarian in El Salvador, and the national recordholder.

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Santos Hildebrando Rivas García was born in Chalatenango, Chalatenango Department, El Salvador, on 17 August 1911. His parents were Catarino Rivas and María Inéz García. He had two siblings, a brother with the same name who died at the age of 1 in 1910, and a younger sister named Genara, born in 1913. According to his family, his father has Spanish ancestry.

On 20 May 1933, he married Rosalina Alas Rivera in his hometown. He had 2 children before marriage, and 13 more legitimate children with Rosalina.

During his life, he lived in 4 cities in El Salvador: Chalatenango (his birthplace), La Ceiba, Jujutla and San Pablo Tacachico. He lived in Guatemala for around 5 years (for some or all the time in the city of Tiquisate). He was part of El Salvadoran national mail on foot correspondence from San Salvador to Nueva Ocotepeque (Honduras) from 1934 to 1956. He was a carpenter by profession and knew how to make hammocks and various other crafts. He was a farmer for over 80 years. He never received a pension. According to his relatives, his diet was normal, he never had a specific diet.

Rivas García passed away in San Pablo Tacachico, La Libertad, El Salvador, on 17 April 2023, at the age of 111.

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His age was verified by James Roberts, Fabrizio Villatoro and Stefan Maglov. On 22 April 2022, he was listed as “pending validation” on the Latin American Supercentenarians website, and his age was validated by LongeviQuest on 22 January 2023, becoming the first validated supercentenarian from El Salvador.