This sweet Ecuadorian pair had their wedding nearly eight decades ago. Now, 79 years after tying the knot, they’ve been officially named the world’s oldest married couple.

Credit: Guinness World Records

110 year-old Julio Cesar Mora Tapia and 104-year-old Waldramina Maclovia Quinteros have an aggregate age of 214 years and 358 days.

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Born in Ecuador before the invention of television, they met when Waldramina went to see her sister during school vacation. Julio Cesar lived in her sister’s apartment building. The pair met and became fast friends.

Julio Cesar fell in love with Waldramina’s beauty, her conversation, and her big heart.

Waldramina found in Julio Cesar a poet with a young spirit.

Seven years later, the captivated pair said ‘I do’ on February 7, 1941 at the oldest church in Quito: La Iglesia de El Belén.

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Since then, they’ve had five children, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Their advice for a long-lasting marriage? “The secret formula = love + maturity + mutual respect,” the couple told Guinness World Records.

“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.”

“Respect and love the life.” That sounds like just the right words to live by right now.

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