Next time you say ‘I feel old’ on your next birthday, it might be time to change your tune.
Whether you’re feeling the heat in your 20s, 40s, 60s, or 80s, you ain’t got nothing on Emilio Flores Márquez!
Emilio is the grand young age of 113, and not only is he powering through his second century, he is officially the oldest man alive!
It is such an almighty achievement, that he has entered the Guinness World Records with the impressive number of years he has clocked up.
While Emilio celebrated his birthday yesterday, he was recognised with the accolade back in June when he overtook the previous record holder aged 112 years, 326 days.
The retired sugar-cane farmer, born long before our internet and Insta era on 08/08/1908, said he credits his good health to being blessed with a loving family.
Emilio, from Puerto Rico, said: “My father raised me with love, loving everyone. He always told me and my siblings to do good, to share everything with others.”
Hopefully that love will see him through if Emilio wants to graduate from oldest living man to oldest person ever, as he has some stiff competition.
Over in the female corner, taking home the title is Jeanne Calment from France who lived to be 122 years, 164 days old.
Meanwhile, flying the flag for the fellas is Jiroemon Kimura from Japan who lived until the age of 116 years, 54 days.
Speaking about Emilio’s triumph, Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, said it is always an honour to celebrate these remarkable human beings.
Craig said: “I am thrilled to feature Sr Márquez – born on the eighth day of the eighth month in the eighth year of the 20th century – and bring his fascinating story to the public.”
Emilio, who is from a family of 11 children, went on to have a large family of his own – welcoming four children, five grandchildren and five great-grandkids.
While his wife sadly died following 75 years of marriage, as well as two of his children, two are still alive and continue to look after their old pa today.
Many happy returns, Emilio!