They eloped 80 years ago against their families' wishes, and are now the oldest living couple in the world

They eloped 80 years ago against their families' wishes, and are now the oldest living couple in the world

Julio is 110 and Waldramina is 104.

Around eight decades ago, two young people hopelessly in love were faced with their families who did not approve of their relationship. They chose each other over the disapproval of their families and today, Julio and Waldramina have been married for almost 80 years, and have become the world's oldest married couple.

When Julio Cesar Mora Tapia and Waldramina Maclovia Quinteros Reyes got married to each other, he was 31 and she was 25. Today, he is 110 years old while she is 104. Together, they share an aggregate age of 214 years and 358 days, and theirenduring  love has made them the world's oldest married couple, according to Guinness World Records.


"For us, Julio Cesar and Waldramina, it is a great honor and pride to have a Guinness World Records title because it is the highest award that the world recognizes," the couple said in their statement.

Born on March 10th, 1910 and October 16, 1915, even before the birth of television, Julio and Waldramina met each other during a vacation while they were still in school. Waldramina's sister was married to Julio's cousin and within no time, the two became close. The Ecuadorian couple went from friends to lovers and seven years later, they wanted to get married.


Although their relatives were not happy with the idea, the couple eloped on February 7, 1941, with only their godparents and closest friends to watch. Eventually, their relatives could see that nothing could stop the two from loving each other, and with time, they accepted their marriage.

"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 recalled, according to Guinness World Records.


With teaching as their profession, the couple raised five children over the 79 years of their marriage. And to complete their family, they have 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren. With a family so large, the couple pointed out that the one thing that keeps them together is unity. "Family unity under the rules of love, mutual respect, honest work, and proper education based on family values are the keys to healthy coexistence," said the couple.


Having seen so much over the decades they spent together, the couple spoke about what kept them together for so long, still in love after being married for nearly eight decades. "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 secret formula = love + maturity + mutual respect," the couple shared.


Since their retirement from teaching, they have been enjoying each other's company as well as that of their family's. Going to the movies, planting fruits and sharing the harvest at the dinner table are things that the family enjoys, revealed the couple's daughter, Aura Cecilia. However, the pandemic that has now gripped the world has posed challenges for Waldramina and Julio as well. "Since March, we have not had any of that," the daughter told Associated Press, as quoted by TODAY. "My parents need family contact." With social distancing norms in place, the daughter mentioned that "for a month they have been different, more downcast because they miss large family gatherings."


The couple also said in their statement, "It is true that at this time it is difficult because we are overwhelmed by the pandemic that affects the world and we still do not have a solution. However, the first step for us to follow the rules with respect and love the life," according to Guinness World Records.

Waldramina and Julio still try to stay positive and are eagerly waiting for the day when they can reunite with their loves ones and meet their entire family together again.

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