|Emilio Flores Marquez|
Flores Marquez at the age of 109
|Birth:||8 August 1908|
Carolina, Puerto Rico
|Age:||112 years, 172 days|
Emilio Flores Marquez was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico on 8 August 1908, to parents Alberto Flores and Margarita Marquez. The oldest of ten children, at age 104 he could still easily recall the names of all nine of his siblings: Angelina, Mercedes, Aurora, Joaquina, Cecilia, Rosa, Lino, Miguel and José.
He attended school for three years, before he began helping his father on the family's sugarcane farm, where he helped his father water the compost. He also transported the sugarcane in wagons, earning $1.12 a day. As the first-born child in his family, he also was responsible for doing many of the household chores and taking care of his 9 younger siblings. He is a World War 2 veteran. He married Andrea Pérez De Flores, with whom he had four children. The couple were married for over 75 years before her death in 2010. Two of his children were deceased as of 2013.
When asked for his secret to his longevity, he responded "My dad raised me with love, and taught me to love everyone. He always told me and my brothers and sisters to do good, to share everything with others. Besides, Christ lives in me!"
Emilio Flores Marquez currently lives with his children Tirsa and Emilio in Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the age of 112 years, 172 days.