LongeviQuest has validated the age claim for Flaviano Cruspero Jubane (1909-2020) of the Philippines. Mr. Jubane’s posthumous recognition makes him the first ever validated Filipino supercentenarian, and he was likely the oldest living man in the Philippines at the time of his death.
Mr. Jubane was born in Antequera, Bohol, Philippines. Several of his 11 siblings reached advanced ages, including a brother who passed away in 2016 at the age of 103. Mr. Jubane was married twice and fathered 9 children in total. He passed away in Antequera, the city of his birth, in 2020, 53 days after reaching his 110th birthday.
Mr. Jubane’s age was validated by LongeviQuest on 20 January 2023 based on the research of Jeffrey Xu and an additional researcher who requested anonymity.
LongeviQuest has validated the age claim for Lourdina Conceição Lobo (1908-2021) of India. Mrs. Lobo’s posthumous recognition makes her the first ever validated Indian supercentenarian, and she was likely one of the longest-lived people in the history of India.
Mrs. Lobo was born in the current state of Goa, at the time a Portuguese colony. She lived most in her life in Goa, aside from a period spent living in Bombay (Mumbai) after getting married in 1944. She gave birth to her first child at the age of 37, and would later have three more children. Despite being diagnosed with diabetes at a young age, Mrs. Lobo lived an active life until well into her 90s. She spoke four languages: Konkani, English, Latin, and Portuguese. At the time of her death, she had many close family members living nearby including a sister in her 90s and at least one great-grandchild.
While two prior validated supercentenarians had been born in India under the British Raj, Mrs. Lobo was the first validated supercentenarian to live most of her life and pass away in India.
Mrs. Lobo’s age was validated by LongeviQuest on 20 January 2023 based on the research of Jeffrey Xu.
Born Pearl Synenberg in Indiana to parents of Polish and Russian descent, Mrs. Berg spent her childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She moved to California near the end of the 1920s, and nearly immediately met her husband Mark Berg, an immigrant from present-day Ukraine. The two were married in 1931 and had two sons, and Mrs. Berg has lived in California ever since. Widowed in 1989, Mrs. Berg maintains an active life. She currently resides in her own home and is an active member of her synagogue.
Mrs. Berg’s age was validated by LongeviQuest on 18 January 2023 based on the research of Stefan Maglov.
LongeviQuest has validated the age claim for Merle O’Hara (born 1912), a Jamaican-born Canadian supercentenarian. Mrs. O’Hara is one of the oldest living Jamaican-born people in the world.
Born Merle Romney in Kingston, Jamaica in 1912, Mrs. O’Hara lived most of her life on the island nation. She was married and had one daughter, with whom she currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Mrs. O’Hara’s age claim was validated by LongeviQuest on 16 January 2023 based on the research of Stefan Maglov.
LongeviQuest has validated the age claim for Ushi Makishi (born 1909), the oldest known living person in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
Mrs. Makishi has lived most of her life in Okinawa, having been born there in February 1909. She and her husband had six children, with the first born in 1929. She moved into a nursing home at the age of 96, and she still enjoys many pleasures of life. Mrs. Makishi occasionally enjoys an Okinawan hand dance called kachāshī, and also loves a local Okinawan dish called jūshī.
Mrs. Makishi’s age was validated by LongeviQuest Japan in a collaborative research effort between Ritsuko Makishi, Japan’s MHLW, Yumi Yamamoto, and Yu Li.
LongeviQuest has validated the age claim for Nina Willis (born 1909), the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Georgia.
Born Nina Frazier in Robinson, Georgia in January 1909, Mrs. Willis was one of 20 children. One of her brothers lived to the age of 109, and another sister remains her caretaker in her 90s.
Mrs. Willis’ age claim was validated by LongeviQuest on 11 January 2023 based on the research of Stefan Maglov.
LongeviQuest has validated the age claim for Elizabeth Francis (born 1909), the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Texas.
Born in Louisiana, Ms. Francis has spent most of her life in the Houston, Texas metropolitan area. One of her sisters lived to the age of 106. She credits her longevity to her faith in God. Ms. Francis enjoys the frequent company of family members, including multiple great-great-grandchildren.
Ms. Francis is the first supercentenarian to be directly validated by LongeviQuest, based on the research of Stefan Maglov.