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Abigay Peraza Montore
Abigay Peraza Montore
Birth: 5 November 1914
Tekax, Yucatan, Mexico
Age: 107 years, 243 days
Country: MexicoMEX

Abigay Peraza Montore (born 5 November 1914), known as "Chinito", is a Mexican centenarian who is one of the oldest known survivors of COVID-19, having recovered from the disease at the age of 107. He is also one of the oldest known living men in Mexico.


Early life

Abigay Peraza Montore was born in Tekax, Yucatan, Mexico on 5 November 1914, the youngest son of Jose Domingo Peraza and Filomena Montore. He had two siblings: Luis Fernando, and Ruben.

He moved to Merida as a child, when his parents had to leave the municipality in the south of the state after General Salvador Alvarado ordered the death of several of its inhabitants, because he considered them traitors to the Revolution.

He lived with the family of Serafina Medina. Later, he emigrated to the United States, wherehe lived for 16 years, and worked as a chef at the Sheraton restaurant in Pasadena, California.

He studied at the Hidalgo School and, later, at a commercial academy he studied stenography as a stenographer. Later, he studied Accounting and worked at Banco Comercial Peninsular, Banco Nacional de Mexico and Maderas de Tropico, in El Cuyo. He was also at the National Irrigation Commission (the forerunner of the Ministry of Hydraulic Resources), where he was a general storekeeper.

Later life

After that job, he decided to emigrate to the United States to have a better income. There he worked for 16 years at the Sheraton Hotel in Pasadena, California, starting with a job cleaning vegetables in the kitchen. Later, he was promoted to a salad chef.

When he returned to Merida, he opened the “Luminarias” ice cream parlor together with his wife, in the Miguel Aleman neighborhood.

Personal life

He married Rita Maria Ramirez Buenfil, and had three children: Beatriz Aracely, Reina Leticia, and Jose Domingo. Rita Maria died in 2016 at the age of 89, after 68 years of marriage.

He drove until the age of 100.

In 2016, he participated in the documentary Still Here (Aquí sigo) by producer and journalist Lorenzo Hagerman. He was the only Mexican who narrated his life experience along with others of more than 90 years from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Japan, Canada, Italy, and Spain.

As of March 2022, he has 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

COVID-19 Survival

In early 2022, at the age of 107, Peraza Montore contracted COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic. He stayed in bed and under home treatment, but successfully recovered, making him one of the oldest known survivors of the disease.

Peraza Montore currently lives at his home in Miguel Aleman neighborhood, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, at the age of 107 years, 243 days.