Marides C. Fernando

Marides Carlos Fernando (sometimes known as MCF) was elected mayor of Marikina City in 2001 and re-elected in 2004 and 2007. Her background was in hotel management, having graduated with an undergraduate degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of the Philippines in 1978. After stints in Manila hotels and having transferred to the US, she went on to undertake postgraduate study at Cornell University in New York State, graduating with a masters in professional studies in 1980. She then lectured at her alma mater in Manila before joining her husband’s company. The mayor has been shortlisted for the 2008 World Mayor Award.

Marides Fernando is a member of the centre-right Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats party of President Gloria Arroyo. She is married to Bayani (“hero”) Fernando (also known as BF), her immediate predecessor as mayor and current Chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority (himself the son of a former mayor) and Director of the Department of Public Works and Highways in the capital. Marides ran the BF Corporation of property developers during her husband’s three-term tenure as mayor (1992-2001), serving as vice president for admin and finance since 1985. In January 2008, BF announced his candidacy for the 2010 presidential elections.

MCF currently serves as the Vice President for the National Capital Region in the League of Cities of the Philippines and was previously Deputy Secretary General for Luzon. The mayor also has a bulging shelf of municipal and other accolades, including her alumni association’s 2007 Outstanding Professional Public Administrator Award, the Filipino-Chinese Federation of Business & Professional Women 2007 Woman of the Year award and the Asian Institute of Management’s 2006 Person of the Year.

Marikina City is known as the “Shoe Capital” of the Philippines owing to its status as the traditional centre of the country’s globally renowned shoemaking industry. It was admitted into the National Capital Region in 1975 and upgraded to first division charter city status under the Philippine constitution in 1996.

The most outlying of the 17 local government units which make up Metro Manila, the city has become a national byword for rapid expansion under both Bayani and Marides Fernando’s mayoralties and was granted an additional Congressional seat in 2007 in recognition of its growing population. It has been awarded the Most Competitive Metro City in the Philippines by the Asian Institute of Management.


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4 thoughts on “Marides C. Fernando

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  2. i have been trying to send sms and email message to the office of our city mayor, but for some odd reason, it keeps bouncing back. i am taking my chances by posting my letter to MCF hoping this would somehow reach her.

    Mayor MCF
    Marikina City

    Mrs. Mayor:

    I am writing as a mother and a proud Marikina city citizen. I would like to ask what was the reason behind the unscheduled and unannounced demolition of our village guardhouse last March 17, 2009.

    I believe that as a tax payer and resident of Marikina, I deserve to get a proper explanation of such action. I do not remember getting any notice from the City Government of such demolition schedule. Is there a court order for this?

    I could not help but feel that my family was robbed off of the opportunity to understand what is/was behind all this surprising decision from the city government.

    Thank you and I look forward to be enlightened and to hearing from the city government soon.

    Kind Regards,

    Karen Tanchanco-Caballero

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