Rafael Nantes

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Rafael P. Nantes
Governor of Quezon
In office
June 30, 2007 – May 17, 2010
Vice Governor Kelly Portes
Preceded by Wilfrido Enverga
Succeeded by Kelly Portes (Acting)
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Quezon's First District
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
Preceded by Wilfrido Enverga
Succeeded by Wilfrido Mark Enverga
Personal details
Born (1957-01-04)January 4, 1957
Polillo, Quezon, Philippines
Died May 17, 2010(2010-05-17) (aged 53)
Lucena City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Betty Buenaobra
Children Samuel Nantes
Alma mater National University
Profession Mechanical engineer, Businessman

Rafael "Raffy" Puchero Nantes (January 4, 1957 – May 17, 2010) was the governor of the Province of Quezon, Philippines from 2007 to 2010. He was the national treasurer of the Liberal Party of the Philippines. He first served as a congressman of the 1st District of Quezon from 1998 to 2007.

Early life[edit]

He was born on January 4, 1957 in Polillo, Quezon to Dr. Alban Nantes and Eufemia Puchero. As a boy, he grew up with his grandmother Eleuteria, fondly called Nana Teryang, who was a fish dealer. Raffy helped in selling fish going from house to house.

When their family moved to Manila and transferred near Camp Aguinaldo, he became a shoeshine boy, shining shoes of generals and other officers in the Camp, to have needed funds for his studies and daily family expenses.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Betty Buenaobra, the President of People's International Enterprises Company. They had only one son named Samuel.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Organization and position held[edit]

Socio Civic Organization[edit]

  • National University Alumni Foundation Inc., President (2000–2005)
  • Boy Scout of the Philippines (Quezon Chapter), Provincial Chairman (2001–2007)
  • Tipan, Governor and Presiding Chairman (1999–2007)
  • Club Filipino, Member (1999) and Board Director (2000)
  • Quezonians 1923 Inc., President (1999)
  • Rotary Club of Lucban, Member (1998–2004)
  • Southern Tagalog Inventors Association, Member (1997–2002)
  • Infanta (Quezon) Lions Club, President (1996–1998) and Adviser (1999–2004)
  • Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, Secretary General
  • World Safety Organization, Member
  • Safety Organization of the Philippines Business Establishment, Member

Name Position Date[edit]

  • Neutron Broadcasting Network, Inc. - President and Chairman of the Board (1997–1998)
  • Banahaw Utilities Corporation - President and Chairman of the Board (1995–1998)
  • Neutron Battery Company - President and General Manager (1990–1998)
  • People's International Enterprises Company - President and General Manager (1984–1998)

Awards received[edit]

  • Kapalaran Award 2002 (Outstanding Congressman of the New Millennium, Best in Public Service and Landmark Legislation), Asia Pacific Youth Outreach Development, Inc. on 27 July 2002
  • Handog kay Itay – 2002 Celebrity Father Awardee for Public Service, 22nd National Celebration of Father’s Day, 16 June 2002
  • Gawad Makamasa – Gawad Lingkod Uliran Award, 25 May 2002
  • Hall of Fame Award – Top 20 Most Accomplished Personalities of the Philippines on 12 May 2002 (by ADE International Foundation)
  • Leadership for Progress Awards 2002: Outstanding Congressman of the Year, Civic and Political Leader of the Philippines. Media Writer’s Research for Community Development and Progress, Inc., 16 March 2002
  • Most Consistent Outstanding Congressman for the Three Consecutive Years (From 1999–2001) on 6 February 2002 – by Congress Magazine, Makati Graduate School, Berhard Lending Investments and Reserved Soldiers Union Who’s Who in the Philippines: 18th Annual People’s Choice Awards, Huwarang Filipino Awardee for Government and Public Service On 17 September 2000
  • Most Outstanding Legislator Award, Media Excellence Awards for Progress 2000 – Philippine Media Research and Progress Report Inc.,

9 September 2000

  • Most Outstanding Congressman – 11th Congress – by Phoenix Express Press Club, 2 February 2002
  • Most Outstanding Neophyte Congressman of the 11th Congress on 15 December 1999 – by Congress Magazine, Makati Graduate School,

Berthard Lending Investments and Franco Cultural Properties Explosion System.

  • Kapatiran Award 2002 (Outstanding Congressman of the New Millennium, Best in Public Service and Landmark Legislation), Asia Pacific Youth Outreach Development, Inc., on 27 July 2002
  • The Golden Record of Excellence Award for Outstanding Inventor and Mechanical Engineer, Best in Entrepreneurship, given by the Sons and Daughters of Charity, Inc.
  • 1997 Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan Awardee Lions Club International President’s Award for Humanitarian Service

Outstanding Lions Club Leadership Awardee

  • 1998 Infanta (Quezon) Lions Club Leadership Awardee Outstanding Triskelion Awardee – by Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity

International Region, U.S.A.

  • Southern Tagalog Inventors Association Awardee
  • Recipient of Appreciation from the National University Alumni Foundation Inc., for exemplary achievements in PUBLIC SERVICE and ENTREPRENEURSHIP, July 2000
  • Kapatiran Award 2002 (Outstanding Congressman of the New Millennium, Best in Public Service and Landmark Legislation), Asia Pacific Youth Outreach Development, Inc. on 27 July 2002
  • Best Utility Model Awardee – DOST Inventor’s Week, November 2000
  • Recipient of Congressional Commendation, Adopted by the House of Representatives (H. 163) on 28 December 2000 as Outstanding Filipino Inventor DOS Hall of Fame Awardee
  • Parangal ng Bayan 2001 and Who’s Who in the Philippines National Excellence Awardee for Government and Public Service.

Death[edit]

Governor Raffy P. Nantes, fondly called as "Kuya Raffy", died in a helicopter accident that crashed into two houses at Jael Subdivision 1, Barangay Iyam, Lucena City on Monday, May 17, 2010, about 3:15 p.m. He had just attended a regular weekly flag raising ceremony at Quezon Convention Center in Kapitolyo, Lucena City, Quezon, Philippines.