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Emilio Flores Márquez celebrated the Guinness World Records with his two children (Image: Guinness World Record)

Farmer sets Guinness World Record as oldest living man weeks before 113th birthday

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Emilio Flores Márquez, 112, was born on August 8, 1908, and is the second-oldest of 11 children. Last week, he set the Guinness World Record and celebrated with his children

A former farmer from Puerto Rico has set the Guinness World Record as the oldest living man just weeks before his 113th birthday.

Emilio Flores Márquez, 112, was born on August 8, 1908, in the municipality of Carolina and is the second-oldest of 11 children.

Since he was a young boy, Emilio helped his dad on their sugarcane farm and was in charge of carrying out household chores.

He also cared for his nine siblings as he was the oldest boy in the family, according to a news release from Guinness World Records.

Mr. Márquez said: “I was the oldest of the children, so I did everything. I scrubbed, I took care of the boys, I did everything.”

Emilio Flores Márquez

 Emilio worked as a farmer to support his family ( Image: Guinness World Record)

When he became an adult, he continued farming which eventually became the way he supported his family.

Emilio was married for 75 years to the love of his life, Andrea Perez, who passed away in 2010.

The couple had four children – two of whom are still alive – and he now has five grandchildren as well as five great-grandchildren.

He lives in the city of Rio Piedras where his children Tirsa and “Millito” take care of him.

Emilio Flores Márquez with his wife Andrea Perez

Emilio was married to Andrea Perez for 75 years Image: Guinness World Record)

When he was 101, he underwent an operation to get a pacemaker and now, 11 years later, he has lost almost all his hearing but is otherwise healthy.

Emilio set the Guinness World Record at the age of 112 years and 326 days as of Wednesday last week.

A photo of him holding his record certificate with his children next to him has been shared online.

In just one month, Emilio will celebrate his 113th birthday.

Emilio holding his Guinness World Records certificate

Emilio holding his Guinness World Records certificate ( Image: Guinness World Records HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

The elderly man – affectionately known as “Don Millo” – believes that love and a lack of anger are essential to live a long life.

The previous oldest living man was recognised as Romania’s Dumitru Comănescu, who died on June 27, 2020, at the age of 111 years and 219 days.

The oldest person to have lived is Jeanne Calment, from France, who was 122 years and 164 days when she died.

Emilio Flores Márquez

Emilio was born in Puerto Rico and still lives there ( Image: Guinness World Record)

The oldest man to have ever lived is Jiroemon Kimura, from Japan, who passed away at the age of 116 years and 54 days in 2013.

Officially, the oldest woman to have ever lived is Kane Tanaka, also from Japan, whose record was confirmed at the age of 117 years and 41 days in February last year.

She is now 118 years and 184 days and lives in the city of Fukuoka.

Seker Arslan

Seker Arslan claims to be the oldest person alive ( Image: Newsflash)

But last week we reported the story of a Turkish woman who claims to be the oldest person alive.

Seker Arslan was born on June 27, 1902, according to her ID card.

Ten days ago, she celebrated her birthday surrounded by her relatives at her home in the northern city of Amasya, Turkish media reported.

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