After serving the government for over five decades, a political stalwart in the province of Iloilo said his final goodbye early morning of November 24, 2015.
Former Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas Sr., 82, led a colorful political life spanning the Marcos regime until President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Tupas and his wife Myrna Causing Tupas, 68, have six boys and a daughter, all professionals and most of them into politics.
The eldest is Niel Jr. (Junjun), incumbent congressman of Iloilo’s fifth district is running for vice governor of the province. Second son Raul (Boboy) is a PMAer and Army official but returned to Iloilo to become the incumbent vice governor. Boboy is running for congressman in the fifth district. Third son is Niel III (Beng), an engineer and incumbent municipal mayor of the Tupases’ hometown Barotac Viejo in northern Iloilo.
Their only daughter Nielette (Tweety) Tupas-Balleza is currently with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Fourth son is Dr. Darling Tupas; fifth is incumbent Iloilo City Councilor Nielex and the youngest is Bobong, a member of the Iloilo provincial board.
The former governor’s wife Myrna (Nonoy) was a daughter of the late Barotac Viejo Mayor Raul Causing during the Diosdado Maapagal era and former municipal mayor of Barotac Viejo.
The senior Tupas is best remembered as the municipal mayor to become the first national president of the Mayors League of the Philippines. He was an assemblyman during the Marcos time, an undefeated congressman of the fifth district, and Iloilo governor for three terms.
A vigil for the Iloilo patriarch will be held at the Iloilo provincial capitol. He will be buried in his hometown early next month.