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Fernando Lopez
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3rd and 7th Vice President of the Philippines
In office
December 30, 1949 – December 30, 1953
President Elpidio Quirino
Preceded by Elpidio Quirino
Succeeded by Carlos P. Garcia
In office
December 30, 1965 – September 23, 1972
President Ferdinand Marcos
Preceded by Emmanuel Pelaez
Succeeded by Position abolished
Title next held by Salvador Laurel
Senator of the Philippines
In office
December 30, 1953 – December 30, 1965
In office
December 30, 1947 – December 30, 1949
Mayor of Iloilo City
In office
September 26, 1945 – December 30, 1947
Secretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources
In office
President Ferdinand Marcos
Preceded by Jose Y. Feliciano
Succeeded by Arturo R. Tanco
In office
December 30, 1949 – December 30, 1953
President Elpidio Quirino
Preceded by Placido Mapa
Succeeded by Placido Mapa
9th Senate President pro tempore of the Philippines
In office
President Carlos P. Garcia
Diosdado Macapagal
Preceded by Manuel Briones
Succeeded by Lorenzo Sumulong
Chairman, ABS-CBN Corporation
In office
February 28, 1986 – May 26, 1993
Preceded by Eugenio Lopez Sr.
Succeeded by Eugenio Lopez Jr.
Personal details
Fernando Hofileña Lopez

(1904-04-13)April 13, 1904
Jaro, Iloilo, Philippine Islands
Died May 26, 1993(1993-05-26) (aged 89)
Iloilo City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Nacionalista (1945–1946; 1957–1993)
Other political
Democratic (1953–1957)
Liberal (1946–1953)
Spouse Maria Salvacion "Mariquit" Javellana-Lopez
Children 6
Alma mater University of Santo Tomas (LL.B)
Occupation Statesman, politician

Fernando Hofileña Lopez Sr. KGCR (April 13, 1904 – May 26, 1993) was a Filipino statesman. A member of the influential Lopez family of Iloilo, he served as vice president of the Philippines for three terms – under Elpidio Quirino (1949–1953) for the Liberals and Ferdinand Marcos (1965–1969 and 1969–1972) for the Nacionalistas. He was also the chairman of ABS-CBN Corporation from 1986 to his death in 1993.

Early life and career

Lopez was born on April 13, 1904, in Jaro, Iloilo City to Benito Villanueva Lopez and Presentacion Javelona Hofileña. He was the younger brother and only sibling of Eugenio Lopez Sr. The Lopez family was the richest and most influential family in the province.

Lopez studied high school at Colegio de San Juan de Letran, finishing in 1921. He studied law in the University of Santo Tomas, earning his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1925. After passing the bar examinations, he did not go into private practice, but helped his older brother manage the family business.

In 1945, with no prior political experience, Lopez was chosen by President Sergio Osmeña to be mayor of Iloilo City. In 1947, he ran for senator and won.

Lopez was one of the founders of University of Iloilo and the FEATI University in Manila.

The brothers Eugenio and Fernando owned the Iloilo-Negros Air Express Company (the first Filipino owned air service), the Iloilo Times (El Tiempo), the Manila Chronicle and ABS-CBN Corporation, LSC (Lopez Sugar Corporation), Bayantel (including Bayan DSL), SkyCable (including SkyBroadband), Meralco, RLC (Rockwell Land Corporation), Rockwell Center, First Balfour, Inc., Philippine Electric Corporation (Philec), First Electro Dynamics Corporation (Fedcor), First Sumiden Circuits, Inc. (FSCI), Securities Transfer Services, Inc. (STSI), The Medical City (TMC), BayanTrade DotCom, First Gas Holdings Corporation (Santa Rita), FGP. Corp. (San Lorenzo), FG Hydro Power Corporation (Pantabangan-Masiway), FG Bukidnon (Agusan mini-hydro), Bauang Private Power Corporation (Bauang), Panay Electric Company (PECO), First Philippine Industrial Corporation (the major fuel distributor of Shell and Chevron Caltex in the country), First Philippine Realty Corp, First Philippine Electric Corp. (First Philec), First Philec Solar Corporation, First Sumiden Circuits, Inc. (FSCI), First Sumiden Realty, Inc, First Philippine Industrial Park.


President Marcos and Fernando Lopez
Vice President Fernando Lopez with President Ferdinand Marcos at the Presidential study.

First term (1949–1953)

In 1949, Lopez became vice-president under President Elpidio Quirino and concurrently worked as secretary of agriculture, serving until 1953. He was then elected once again as senator, and re-elected in 1959.

Second and third term (1965–1972)

In 1965, Lopez ran with Ferdinand Marcos and won as vice-president. He was re-elected in 1969, making him, to date the only vice-president to serve two non-consecutive terms, two different presidents and from different parties. By the time martial law was declared in 1972, the Lopez family fell out of Marcos' favor and was targeted by the regime because of their denunciations of Marcos. The position of vice-president was abolished, and the Lopez family was stripped of most of its political and economic assets.

Later life and death

After the removal of Marcos from power as a result of the People Power Revolution of 1986, Lopez became chairman of FHL Investment Corporation and vice-chairman of First Philippine Holdings Corporation.

He died on May 26, 1993, a month after his 89th birthday leaving his wife Mariquit Javellana with whom he had six children: Yolanda, Fernando, Jr. (Junjie), Alberto (Albertito), Emmanuele, Benito and Mita. He was also the longest living vice president until he was surpassed by Teofisto Guingona Jr. in 2017.

Honors and awards

  • Order of the Knights of Rizal Ribbon.png: The Order of the Knights of Rizal, Knight Grand Cross of Rizal (KGCR).
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