World’s oldest living person celebrates 117th birthday

Emma Morano is pictured behind a cake with candles marking 117 years in the day of her birthday in Verbania, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. At 117 years of age, Emma is now the oldest person in the world and is believed to be the last surviving person in the world who was born in the 1800s, coming into the world on Nov. 29, 1899. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Emma Morano is pictured behind a cake with candles marking 117 years in the day of her birthday in Verbania, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. At 117 years of age, Emma is now the oldest person in the world and is believed to be the last surviving person in the world who was born in the 1800s, coming into the world on Nov. 29, 1899. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

VERBANIA, Italy (AP) — The Italian woman who is the world’s oldest living person has marked her 117th birthday by blowing out all the candles on her cake.

Emma Morano received a greeting from Italy’s president, read by an official, and a visit from two elderly nieces and her long-time physician on Tuesday morning to mark the milestone birthday. She patiently responded to a series of questions from journalists and accepted some gifts, including cookies.

Then she blew out the candles on her cake — not one for every year, but three numerals to show her age, 117. Another party, including cake, was planned for the afternoon, after a nap.

Morano, who is believed to be the last surviving person in the world born in the 1800s, became the oldest living person in May.

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