Pablo P. Garcia

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Pablo P. Garcia
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines for Visayas
In office
May 2008 – June 30, 2013
Preceded by Gerry Salapuddin
Succeeded by Pangalian Balindong
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Cebu's 2nd District
In office
June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2013
Preceded by Simeon Kintanar
Succeeded by Wilfredo S. Caminero
Governor of Cebu
In office
June 30, 1995 – June 30, 2004
Preceded by Vicente L. Dela Cerna
Succeeded by Gwendolyn Garcia
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Cebu's 3rd District
In office
June 30, 1987 – June 30, 1995
Succeeded by John Henry Osmeña
Vice-Governor of Cebu
In office
Personal details
Born (1925-09-25) September 25, 1925 (age 92)
Nationality Filipino
Political party Lakas-Kampi-CMD
National Unity Party
United Nationalist Alliance/PDP-Laban
One Cebu (local)
Spouse(s) Esperanza Fiel Garcia (deceased 2016)
Relations Gwendolyn "Gwen" Garcia (daughter)
Pablo John "PJ" Garcia (son)
Winston Garcia (son)
Profession Politician

Pablo Paras Garcia (born September 25, 1925) is a Filipino politician. A graduate of the University of San Carlos, Garcia placed 3rd in the 1951 Philippine Bar Examination with a rating of 91.5%.[1] Garcia served as governor of Cebu from 1995 to 2004. He had previously served as the vice-governor of Cebu from 1969 to 1971. Garcia has been elected to three terms as a Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines. From 1987 to 1995, Garcia represented the Third District of Cebu. He was again elected to Congress in 2007, this time representing the Second District of Cebu.[2][3] He was defeated in his bid for re-election in 2013.

His daughter Gwendolyn succeeded him as governor in 2004, while his son Pablo John was elected to Garcia's previous congressional seat in 2007. In 2007, the Garcia family established the One Cebu political party. Garcia is also a member of Lakas Kampi CMD.

His son, Byron, the former security consultant for the Cebu provincial government, gained attention in 2007 after instituting a program of choreographed exercise routines for the inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) and uploading the routines on YouTube, including the popular Thriller viral video. Garcia's other son, Winston Garcia, is the former president and general manager of the Government Service Insurance System (Philippines) and the official candidate of One Cebu for provincial governor this coming May 9 (date of Philippine general election, 2016). In 2010 his son Nelson Gamaliel was elected in large margin as Mayor of Dumanjug, Cebu. At the same time Marlon,the younger brother of Nelson Gamaliel was also elected Vice-Mayor of the Municipality of Barili, Cebu.[4]

He was elected Chairman of the Committee on Revision of Laws on 7 August 2007; and, when the House leadership was changed, he was consequently appointed Deputy Speaker in May 2008.


Preceded by
Eduardo Gullas
Representative, 3rd District of Cebu
Succeeded by
John Henry Osmeña
Preceded by
Simeon Kintanar
Representative, 2nd District of Cebu
Succeeded by
Wilfredo Caminero