Mel Mathay

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Mel Mathay
8th Mayor of Quezon City
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 2001
Vice Mayor Charito L. Planas
Herbert Bautista
Jorge L. Banal
Fe Consuelo S. Angeles
Preceded by Brigido R. Simon Jr.
Succeeded by Feliciano Belmonte Jr.
Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Authority
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1994
Preceded by Ignacio Bunye
Succeeded by Prospero Oreta
Vice Mayor of Quezon City
In office
January 1, 1968 – December 30, 1971
Preceded by Mariano Sta. Romana
Succeeded by Carlos Albert
Personal details
Born (1932-06-26)June 26, 1932
Manila, Philippine Islands
Died December 25, 2013(2013-12-25) (aged 81)
Pasig, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Sonia Gandionco(?–d. 2013)
Vilma Valera (m. 2013)
Children 4
Residence Quezon City

Ismael A. "Mel" Mathay Jr. (June 26, 1932 – December 25, 2013) was the Mayor of Quezon City from 1992 to 2001.

Early life and education[edit]

Ismael A. Mathay was born in Manila on June 26, 1932. He was the son of Ishmael Mathay Sr.

Mathay graduated in 1953 with bachelor's degree in Business Administration Major in Economics. Soon after graduation he enrolled at the College of Law in San Beda and successfully passed the bar examination in 1957.

Political career[edit]

Mathay was elected Vice-Mayor of Quezon City in 1967. In 1972 he was appointed secretary to the commissioner of the watchdog General Authority Office, a genuine recognition for his talent and integrity. Mayor Ismael Mathay had completed tenure of 9 years. Prior to this he was a congressman representing Quezon City's 4th district from 1987 to 1992, and was vice-governor of the Metro Manila Commission. He was director of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System from 1979 to 1987, and chairman of the Metro Manila Authority from 1993 to 1994. He tried to reclaim the mayoral position in 2010 but lost to former actor and then-vice mayor Herbert Bautista.

Personal life[edit]

Mathay married his long-time partner Vilma Valera early in 2013 after the death of his wife Sonya Gandionco.


Mathay died of a heart attack at the age of 81 on December 25, 2013 at The Medical City, Pasig.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Former QC mayor dies on Christmas day". 25 December 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Former QC Mayor Mel Mathay dies at 81". 25 December 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  3. ^,-81&id=81216
Political offices
Preceded by
New District
Representative, 4th District of Quezon City
1987 - 1992
Succeeded by
Feliciano Belmonte Jr.
Preceded by
Brigido R. Simon Jr.
Mayor of Quezon City
1992 - 2001
Succeeded by
Feliciano Belmonte Jr.