The two met way back in 1934, got hitched in 1941, and have spent nearly eight decades with each other.
Centurions are a very rare breed in this world, and a centurion couple at that is an even harder and unbelievable feat. But, that's exactly what this couple from Ecuador is. Julio Cesar Mora and Waldramina Quintero, with a combined age of 214 years and 358 days, are considered the oldest couple in the world after they bagged yet another title recently—Guinness World Records title for the oldest married couple in the world. Mora was 110 years ago even before the sinking of the Titanic while his Quinteros is 104 years old. Together, the couple has spent almost eight decades on earth as a married couple after they withstood their disapproving families who out of spite refused to show up when they exchanged their wedding vows.
Guinness record: the world’s oldest married couple is from Ecuador pic.twitter.com/o8RJWD2Yx4— Andrea Daniele (@AndreaDan) August 26, 2020
According to Mail Online, Mora and Quintero met way back in 1934 and got married in 1941. They credit the mutual love and respect they have shared for each other since their first meeting for the longevity of their relationship. Speaking to the Guinness Book of Records, the couple said: "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 record-breaking couple met for the first time in 1934 when Mora's cousin, who was married to Quintero's sister, introduced each other. Smitten by each other after they and after a 7-year-long life, they decided to tie the know on February 7, 1941, in Quito. The wedding, however, had to happen in secret with only their godparents and best friends present, because either family was strongly opposed to the union as they "did not have a good relationship."
This is heart warming 🥰— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) August 26, 2020
A couple from Ecuador have been officially announced as the world's oldest married couple with a combined age of 214 years and 358 days.https://t.co/wGjCyiN3AF
As time healed the wounds, the animosity faded away and they all reunited years later. Speaking of the shift, the couple said: "With time and patience we were able to unite them and we became an example and the best reference for the younger generations." Mora and Quintero, who worked as teachers, were parents to five children and are now patron and matron for a humongous branch of the family. All in all, they have 11 grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren, and have been 'couple goals' for their younger generations. The long-standing relationship was not without its fair share of disagreements over the years; the differences they had over the years were always solved within closed doors with their sons and daughters completely guarded against any fallout.
"Respect, compassion, and consideration with which we maintained our relationship was very important; we never argued or fought," they continued. "There were disagreements, but they were not noticeable to any of our children who also deserved respect and love." Mora and Quintero have cultivated several hobbies living with each other and enjoy growing plants and love to bide their free time watching movies and watching a show in the theaters, all of which are activities now curtailed due to the pandemic. "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," they said. Talking about the pandemic, they said: "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."
The bicentennial couple is a testament to the kind of life people can have as long as there is love, respect, and mutual understanding between married people, as Mora and Quintero have demonstrated in their nearly 80 years together.