Mike Rama

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Mike Rama
Michael Lopez Rama.jpg
Mayor of Cebu City
In office
June 30, 2010 – May 17, 2016
Preceded by Tomas Osmeña
Succeeded by Tomas Osmeña
Vice Mayor of Cebu City
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2010
Preceded by Joy Young
Succeeded by Edgardo Labella
Personal details
Born Michael Lopez Rama
(1954-10-28) October 28, 1954 (age 63)
Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Political party BO-PK (1992–2011)
Liberal (2010–2012)
UNA (2012–present)
Relations Annabelle Rama (cousin)
Profession HRD Manager, Lawyer and Politician

Michael Lopez Rama (born October 28, 1954) is a Filipino politician in the Philippines who had served as mayor of Cebu City from June 30, 2010 until his suspension on May 17, 2016. Prior to his mayoral term, he has also served as vice mayor of Cebu City from 2001 to 2010. He won the mayoral elections in Cebu City twice, but was defeated by Tommy Osmeña on his third attempt.


Mike Rama graduated as valedictorian, Basak Elementary School, Basak San Nicolas in Cebu City. He attended the University of Southern Philippines and earned a pre-med degree from Velez College, Cebu City. He went on for further graduate studies in Law at the San Beda College in Manila. Rama passed the bar exam in 1983.[1]


Mike Rama has memberships that include the following:

  • Committee on Markets and Abattoir
  • Committee on Health and Hospital Services
  • Committee on Land Acquisition
  • Committee on Public Service and Environment
  • Member - Board of Regents, Cebu Normal University
  • President - Accredited Voluntary Arbitrators of Cebu (AVAC)
  • President - Young Lawyers Association of Cebu (YLAC)
  • Member - Young Lawyers Association of Cebu (YLAC)
  • Vice-president - Philippine Association on Voluntary Arbitration (PAVA)
  • Chairman - Cebu City Youth Development Commission
  • Chairman - Committee on Education, Arts & Culture


Political career[edit]

Rama started his political career as councilor of Cebu City for three successive terms from 1992 to 2001, filling in the slot of his uncle, Clemente "Cle" Rama, a veteran councilor, and leading the Committee on Education. During his third term, he became the No. 1 councilor that made him often assume the role as acting vice mayor and even as acting mayor. Also during his third term, he served as national president of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL).

Thereafter, Rama served three consecutive terms as vice mayor of Cebu City from 2001 to 2010 and was elected the national president of the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines (VMLP).[3]

On May 12, 2010, he was proclaimed as the duly elected mayor of Cebu City for the term 2010 to 2013.[4] He was re-elected as Mayor for the term 2013 to 2016. In December 2015, Malacañang ordered a 60-day preventive suspension of Rama for his alleged culpable violation of the Constitution, grave abuse of authority, grave misconduct, and oppression.[5] Rama reported back to his office on February 8 2016, as the 60-day suspension imposed on him by the Office of the President has ended.[6]

Other professional achievements:

  • former mayor of Cebu City
  • Member - Young Lawyers Association of Cebu (YLAC)
  • Member - Rotary Club of Cebu Guadalupe
  • Member - Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Cebu City Chapter
  • Chairman - Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center 11 Advisory Council
  • former Overall Chairman - Sinulog Foundation, Inc. (SFI)
  • Chairman - Zoning Board of Cebu City
  • Chairman - Cebu City Tourism Commission (CCTC)
  • Chairman - Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC)
  • Chairman - Coastline Management Board (CMB)
  • Chairman - Adopt a Police Station Project[1]

Personal life[edit]

Mike Rama is the son of Fernando Rama, past city councilor of Cebu City and brother of Eduardo L. Rama, past Congressman and governor of Agusan del Norte. He is also the grandson of Don Vicente Rama, past Cebu City councilor, mayor, congressman, senator and "The Father of Cebu City". He is the nephew of Dr. Osmundo G. Rama, past Governor of Cebu Province and of Atty. Napoleon G. Rama, 1987 Constitutional Convention Floor leader, Philippine Legion of Honor (Grand Commander) 26 February 2011 awardee, Premio Zobel 1992 awardee.

He has a daughter named Micheline F. Rama and son named Mikel F. Rama.

Other relatives include Capt. George Rama, cousin, the barangay captain of Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City, Eduardo "Edu" Rama (nephew), a Cebu City Councilor, and Annabelle Rama, the mother of Ruffa, Richard and Raymond Gutierrez. "Mayor's Page". Retrieved 2015-12-12. 


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