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Jose Alejandro Pradel Loayza
Jose Alejandro Pradel Loayza
Birth: 17 July 1914
Betanzos, Potosi Department, Bolivia
Age: 107 years, 355 days
Country: BoliviaBOL

Jose Alejandro Pradel Loayza [Spanish: José] (born 17 July 1914) is a Bolivian centenarian who is currently the oldest known living man in Bolivia. He is also one of oldest known living veterans of Chaco War.


Jose Alejandro Pradel Loayza was born in Betanzos, Potosi Department, Bolivia on 17 July 1914. His mother Benigna died just before he served in Chaco War.

In his early 20s, Pradel Loayza served in the Jordan I Infantry Regiment and also in the Carandayti Regiment during the Chaco War.

After the Chaco War, he worked as a pharmacist and was the owner of the Mayo pharmacy.

He had two sons (one died around 2000) from his first marriage. He married Mery Penaranda de Pradel [Spanish: Peñaranda] (aged 91 in July 2020) with whom he had three children (Tesoro, Ramon and Sonia Mery).

Until before 2018, when he stopped walking by himself, he tended a garden. In 2018, he had an ocular effusion, which led him to gradually lose his sight. He also has added problems in the ear that prevent him from hearing and communicating.

As of July 2020, he had four living children, 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He became the oldest known living man in Bolivia, following the death of 108-year-old Ricardo Corrales Velasquez in March 2021.

Pradel Loayza currently lives in Sucre, Chuquisaca Department, Bolivia, at the age of 107 years, 355 days.