Guinness record: the world’s oldest married couple is from Ecuador

Guinness record: the world's oldest married couple is from Ecuador
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Julio César Mora Tapia and Waldramina Maclovia Quinteros Reyes marriage is turning 79 years. During all these years they have enjoyed joys and faced challenges. Their true love, respect and commitment have made them the holders of the Guinness World Record as the longest-serving married couple in the world.

Julio César, 110, and Waldramina, 104, are from Ecuador. The two have a combined age of over 214 years.

Their relationship began at a very young age when Waldramina was going to visit her sister during her school vacation period, who lived in the same building as Julio Cesar. There they met, they created a beautiful friendship and seven years later, February 7, 1941, they consolidated their marriage.

It was a secret celebration since the relatives of the couple did not agree with the marriage.

“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.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”, reveals the couple.

They dedicated their lives to teaching, today they are enjoying their retirement. They are the parents of five children and have a huge family consisting of 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren .

What is your secret?

They are sure that family unity is everything and that life is better when the foundation is based on love and respect.

“The secret formula = love + maturity + mutual respect. Respect, compassion and consideration with which we maintained our relationship was very important; we never argued or fought. There were disagreements, but they were not noticeable to any of our children who also deserved respect and love”, reveal the keys to their success as a couple.

Today, despite the difficulties they have had to face due to the coronavirus pandemic, they continue to fill their lives with encouragement and optimism. They are waiting for a quick solution to be found to get back in touch with their family and loved ones.