Ben Pangelinan

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Ben Pangelinan
Speaker in the 27th Guam Legislature
In office
January 6, 2003 (2003-01-06) – January 3, 2005 (2005-01-03)
Preceded byAntonio R. Unpingco
Succeeded byMark Forbes
Senator in the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th, and 31st Guam Legislatures
In office
January 4, 1993 (1993-01-04) – July 8, 2014 (2014-07-08)
Personal details
Vicente Cabrera Pangelinan

(1955-10-22)October 22, 1955
Saipan, TTPI, U.S.
DiedJuly 8, 2014(2014-07-08) (aged 58)
Mangilao, Guam
Resting placeGuam Memorial Park, Barrigada
Political partyDemocratic Party of Guam
Alma materGeorgetown University
WebsiteOfficial website

Vicente "Ben" Cabrera Pangelinan ((1955-10-22)October 22, 1955 - (2014-07-08)July 8, 2014) was a Guamanian politician and businessman who sevred as the speaker of the Guam Legislature from 2003 to 2005, representing from Barrigada, as a Democrat from 1993 to his death in 2014. Pangelinan was the former sitting chairperson of the Committee on Appropriations, Taxation, Banking, Insurance, Retirement, and Land in the 32nd Guam Legislature.

Early life[edit]

Pangelinan was born as Vicente Cabrera Pangelinan on October 22, 1955 in Saipan to Francisco Sablan Pangelinan (1927–2014) and Luisa Tenorio Cabrera Pangelinan (1927–1994). He attended San Vicente Catholic School in Barrigada and graduated from Father Duenas Memorial School in Mangilao in 1974.[1] Pangelinan attended the University of Guam and graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in Government. He was the president and owner of Group Pacific Suppliers. He served as a Democrat in the Guam Legislature from 1993 until his death in 2014 of cancer.[1][2] After Pangelinan finished his degree at Georgetown University, he worked as a Member Relation Officer at FHP Health Center, Guam.

Public life[edit]

Ben Pangelinan entered public life when he first ran as a Democrat to serve as Guam's Delegate to the House of Representatives against Congressman Ben Blaz. He garnered 13,845 votes to Blaz's 16,696 in the General Election. In his second and final attempt to run as Guam's Delegate to the House of Representatives, Pangelinan received 16,437 votes, while Ben Blaz received 21,390 votes.[3]

Pangelinan first ran for the Guam Legislature in 1992. From 1993 to 2014, Senator Pangelinan has served in each Guam Legislature with the sole exception of the 28th Guam Legislature.

Major Legislative Accomplishments or Milestones[edit]

Pangelinan's first bill to become a public law was Bill No. 327-22 (COR), which became Public Law 22-14 and authorized rebates or refunds under health insurance plans where rebates or refunds are clearly provided for in such policies. As of July 1, 2014, 240 of the bills that Pangelinan had introduced are now public law.


He died on (2014-07-08)July 8, 2014 at his residence in Mangilao. His viewing and funeral mass were held at the Saint Francis Church in Yona. He was buried at the Guam Memorial Park in Leyang, Barrigada.


  1. ^ a b Office of Senator Vicente "Ben" C. Pangelinan, Ben's Bio, Hagatna, 2014.
  2. ^ Island community grieves loss of Ben Pangelinan
  3. ^ Guam Election Commission, Election Comparative Analysis Report, 1990, Hagatna, 1990.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Antonio R. Unpingco
Speaker of the Guam Legislature
Succeeded by
Mark Forbes