Evelio Leonardia

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Bing Leonardia
16th, 19th, and 21st Mayor of Bacolod
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
Vice MayorEl Cid Familiaran (2016-present)
Preceded byMonico O. Puentevella
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2013
Vice MayorRenecito Novero (2004-2007)
Jude Thaddeus Sayson (2007-2013)
Preceded byLuzviminda Valdez
Succeeded byMonico O. Puentevella
In office
June 30, 1995 – June 30, 1998
Vice MayorWilmar Drilon (1995-1998)
Preceded byRomeo Guanzon
Succeeded byOscar Verdeflor
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Bacolod City's Lone District
In office
June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2016
Preceded byAnthony Golez, Jr.
Succeeded byGreg Gasataya
Vice Mayor of Bacolod City
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1995
Preceded byKenneth Barredo
Succeeded byWilmar Drilon
Member of the Bacolod City Council at-large district
In office
February 2, 1988 – June 30, 1992
Personal details
Evelio Ramos Leonardia[1]

(1952-07-10) July 10, 1952 (age 68)
Bacolod, Philippines
Political partyNationalist People's Coalition
Spouse(s)Elsa Jeruta Fuentes
Alma materUniversity of St. La Salle

Evelio "Bing" Ramos Leonardia (born 10 July 1952) is a Filipino politician, lawyer, and realtor who served as mayor of Bacolod since 2016, having previously served from 1995 until 1998, and 2004 until 2013.

Early life[edit]

He earned his degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce from then La Salle College-Bacolod, now University of St. La Salle, graduating cum laude. Also, he finished the Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos (UNO-R) in 1979 and passed the Bar Examinations that same year.[citation needed]

Political life[edit]

He is the longest-serving Mayor of the City of Bacolod - now on his 6th term, and, so far, the only Bacolod official to have gone through the legislative and executive ladders - starting as No. 1 Councilor, then Vice Mayor, and finally Mayor; and after making history serving for 3 consecutive terms, he went on the become Congressman of the Lone District of Bacolod, before returning to serve as City Mayor.

Concurrently , he is the National President of the League of Cities of the Philippines(LCP), where he previously held positions as National Vice President, National Vice chairman, Vice President, and Deputy Secretary General for the Visayas. In October 2019, he was appointed by President Duterte as the lone representative of all LGUs in the country to the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council, the highest consultative and advisory body to the president on economic and development matters.

Representations, notable awards, and recognitions[edit]

  • Founding Chairman of the MassKara Foundation (40 years ago)
  • September 2019: Represented the Philippines at the Korea Foundation Program for Political Affairs in Seoul, Korea
  • November 2019: Represented the Philippines at the UCLG World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders in Durban, South Africa
  • Founding Chairman of the MassKara Foundation 40 years ago
  • Man of the Year Awardee in the Asia Leaders Awards at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, last November 2019