Isabel Castaño became a “supercentennial” this month when she turned 110 years old. Castaño is now officially recognized as the oldest resident of Miami Beach.
She was born on Jan. 11, 1906, in Manizales, Colombia. Last Friday, accompanied by her son Daniel Lugo and friends, she celebrated her 110th birthday in the Ponce Plaza Nursing Center, a rehabilitation center at 335 SW 12th Ave.
During the celebration, the city of Miami Beach presented the Colombian grandmother with a special recognition. In the proclamation, Castaño was recognized as the oldest voter in Miami Beach, and in her honor, Mayor Philip Levine proclaimed Jan. 11 as Isabel Castaño-Lugo Day.
Castaño has lived in Miami Beach for 20 years.
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She got married when she was 41 in Colombia and had two children. After the kidnapping and disappearance of her doctor husband in Colombia, she emigrated to Venezuela in 1973. She later moved to the United States and lived in Washington, New Jersey, and New York before moving to the Beach.
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