This article will share some information about Bayani Fernando, a politician and businessman, and his daughter, Tala Fernando.
Bayani Flores Fernando was born on July 25, 1946 and died on September 22, 2023. He was a Filipino politician, businessman, and professional mechanical engineer who served as a representative for the 1st congressional district of Marikina from 2016 to 2022.
The son of the third Marikina mayor, Gil Fernando, he served as Marikina’s ninth mayor from 1992 to 2001, leaving office after transforming the city from an old municipality into a model city of the Philippines. . He was also the vice presidential candidate for the 2010 election.
Fernando founded the construction company BF Corporation after graduating from the Mapúa Institute of Technology in the late 1960s and headed the company for more than 20 years. BF Corporation is the main contractor for Rufino Pacific Tower and Edsa Shangri-La, Manila, and continues to be involved in other construction projects, including infrastructure-related projects.
Who is Bayani Flores Fernando?
Bayani Fernando was born in San Juan del Monte, Rizal (now part of Metro Manila), to Gil Fernando and Remedios Flores. He finished high school at Marikina School of Arts and Trades (now Marikina Science High School). He graduated from college with a degree in mechanical engineering from the Mapúa Institute of Technology.
Career of Bayani Flores Fernando
Fernando first ran for mayor of Marikina in 1988, coming in fourth place out of seven candidates. In 1992, he was elected mayor of Marikina. His administration as mayor transformed the old municipality into one of the best managed cities and a model of responsive and effective governance. His tenure saw Marikina’s transformation from a fourth-class municipality to a Philippine model city, receiving 55 commendations and honors. He was re-elected mayor twice, serving until 2001. His wife, Marides Fernando, succeeded him.
In 2002, Fernando was appointed Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, directing him to replicate his transformation work in Marikina but for the entire Metro Manila. He received mixed public reactions to his strict management style.
Fernando briefly served as Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) from January 15, 2003 until April 15, 2003.
As president, he was awarded Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa, Ateneo de Cagayan, Outstanding Filipino Award (TOFIL) for Government Service, H.R. Reyes Academic Medal of Honor, College Central of the Philippines and Public Dr. Manager, Honoris Causa, of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
He is famous for introducing U-turn boxes, significantly increasing the number of pedestrian overpasses at road intersections (known as footbridges), pioneering MMDA broadcasting, clean-up activities sidewalks and restore government agency assets and fleets.
Although some of his policies and structures were met with opposition and complaints, many of them still exist today. Subsequent MMDA presidents continued to make many contributions from BF, especially the construction of pedestrian bridges.
On January 4, 2008, Fernando announced that he would run for president in the 2010 election. Fernando hinted that he had gathered the necessary funding and logistics for a nationwide campaign and had intends to run for president with or without the support of his party, Lakas-CMD.
But on September 16, 2009, when Lakas-CMD chose Gilberto Teodoro to represent their party for president, Fernando reiterated that “he kept his options open and could run as an independent candidate or withdraw from the party.”
He declared his intention to run for President of the Philippines in the 2010 general election, but after speaking with Richard Gordon, he agreed to run as Vice President under Gordon’s newly formed party, Bagumbayan. Fernando lost the 2010 election, placing fourth in the polls, losing fourth place to Makati mayor Jejomar Binay.
Who is Bayani Fernando’s daughter?
Fernando was married to Marides Carlos, his successor as mayor of Marikina. They had a daughter named Tala Fernando, who married John Paul L. Ang, the eldest son of business tycoon Ramon Ang.