Ecuadorian husband and wife, Julio Cesar Mora Tapia and Waldramina Maclovia Quinteros Reyes have official become the world oldest couple.
110 year-old Tapia and 104-year-old Quinteros who have been married for 79 years won the Guinness World Records of the oldest married couple in the world.
Julio was born on March 10th, 1910 and Waldramina was born on October 16, 1915. The couple started their love journey after they met during school vacation. They met through Waldramina sister’s husband, who was Julio Cesar’s cousin.
The couple got married 7 years later after they became very close friends before it turned into a relationship.
She said she was captivated her with his beautiful poetry and he was also a loving man while Julio Cesar said he fell in love with Waldramina because of her beauty, long conversations and her big heart combined with a firm character.
On February 7, 1941. The couple got married. With the presence of their godparents and closest friends, the union took place in the oldest church in Quito, La Iglesia de El Belén. Their relatives did not agree with the marriage but they were able to unite them with them.
“It was not easy because our relatives did not have a good relationship, but with time and patience we were able to unite them and we became an example and the best reference for the younger generations.” The couple said.
With a large family of 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren, the couple believed that family unity is everything.
“Family unity under the rules of love, mutual respect, honest work, and proper education based on family values are the keys to healthy coexistence,” the couple said. ” The love and maturity that we had as a couple from the beginning of the marriage allowed us to know each other and grow emotionally to define our future.”
The couple were able to send their five children through college as they all came out with degrees. They believe this is one of the greatest achievements and best legacies that they have been able to leave their family. Their oldest son sadly died at the age of 58.
“The secret formula = love + maturity + mutual respect,” the couple said.
While speaking about the whole family, one of their daughters, Aura Cecilia said they enjoy each other’s company, and like going to the movies or to the theater together. They love planting and harvesting plants and sharing the fruits with family and friends, through big dinners.