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World’s oldest living man turns 113, cites daily drinking as secret to long life

The world’s oldest living man, Venezuelan Juan Vincente Perez, celebrated his 113th birthday on Friday | Image Courtesy: Guinness World Records

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Venezuelan Juan Vicente Pérez was declared the world’s oldest living person (male) by Guinness World Records in February.
  • Juan celebrated his 113th birthday on Friday, May 27.
  • The Guinness-certified oldest man has 41 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Venezuela’s Juan Vicente Pérez, declared the world’s oldest living person (male) by Guinness World Records, turned 113 on Friday.
Guinness recognized Juan as the oldest living person in February after the death of Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia of Spain, who lived to be 112 years and 341 days, on January 18.

Born on May 27, 1909 in the state of Tachira in Venezuela, he was the ninth child of 10 children born to his parents.

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The centenarian himself has 41 grandchildren, 18 other great-grandchildren and a dozen great-great-grandchildren, according to a press release from Guinness World Records.

Juan celebrated the remarkable achievement of celebrating his 113th birthday on Friday May 27 and was in the company of his family and friends.

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When he was just five years old, Juan started working in the sugar cane fields and harvesting coffee with his father and joined a local school when he was 10 years old. However, he was unable to continue his studies long after his teacher fell ill, but learned the basics of reading and writing.

The supercentenarian became a sheriff in a suburb in 1948 and was tasked with resolving land and family disputes for a decade while still juggling farming and his career.

Juan is now 113 and still going strong. Aside from mildly elevated blood pressure and heart issues that come naturally with his age, Juan’s doctor says he is in the prime of his health and does not take medication.

What is the secret to this longevity, you ask? “Work hard, rest on vacation, go to bed early, drink a glass of aguardiente every day, love God and always carry him in your heart,” says Juan.