Sports benefactor Silverio passes away

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The local officials of Bulacan led by Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando on Tuesday honored former Representative Ricardo “Tata Carding” Silverio through a Luksang Parangal with officials of the local government units in the province.

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Bulacan, particularly residents of the 3rd Congressional District, is mourning the passing of the former congressman who was also mayor of San Rafael town and a business tycoon known by his nickname “Tata Carding” who died of cardiac arrest last December 11.

His remain now lies in state at the family residence’s chapel in Barangay San Agustin, San Rafael. He will be buried today, December 15, at the San Rafael Memorial Park.

A well known business executive before becoming a congressman and mayor, Silverio was noted for his hard-work as a barrio farmer’s son who walked several kilometers to reach his primary school in San Rafael, Bulacan.

Silverio entered politics and was elected congressman of Bulacan’s 3rd District for three consecutive terms in 1992, 1995 and 1998 elections. In the 2001 local elections, he won a close fight in the mayoralty race in his hometown, San Rafael. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2004 and 2007.

He was married to Congresswoman Lorna Silverio, representative of Bulacan 3rd District.

He grew up at town of Balagtas, Bulacan former (BIG-AA) and decided to migrate in San Rafael town.

He started as a young salesman for a textile firm based in Ilaya, Divisoria which later he owned and became the family’s bread and butter until he entered the import-export trade. From then on, there was no turning back until he got windfall breaks during the Marcos years.

Silverio is also best remembered as was one of the founding benefactors in the professional basketball league by introducing his team Komatsu (trucks) during the founding of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in the early 70s. He later changed its name to Toyota, then-coached by his nephew Dante Silverio that established a decade-old rivalry with the fabled Crispa Redmanizers.

He also became an icon in the car industry during the 70s and 80s when he introduced Toyota cars through his flagship Delta Motor Corp. Under his stewardship, Toyota became the country’s leading auto manufacturer.
Silverio later ventured into the airline business and bought Air Manila and christened it Delta Air.

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