“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi
By Alex P. Vidal
VICTORIA “Marivic” Griengo Mabilog has all the reason to be happy and proud.
Aside from being the wife of the world’s no. 5 city mayor, she lives in the same city where the recently proclaimed winner of the 2014 World Mayor comes from.
It’s a double victory, to say the least.
Marivic’s husband, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, landed 5th place among the 26 finalists.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has been awarded the 2014 World Mayor Prize by the World Mayor Project.
Marivic, a senior finance officer in a Canadian private company, has been based in Calgary, Alberta for nearly two decades and goes to Iloilo City every now and then to attend important festivals and events, including family affairs.
The first lady of Iloilo City, a low profile and someone who is allergic to VIP treatment, must have rubbed elbows with Mayor Nenshi on countless occasions in Calgary in the past although she “hates it to be introduced in Canada as the wife of Jed because I am Marivic.”
Marivic, who landed 12th in the CPA licensure exams before she met Mayor Mabilog, called her husband’s 5th place finish “a bliss” while her normal blood pressure was “a blessing” the day she woke up to receive the World Mayor news.
Bestowed every two years to a mayor who has developed and realized a vision for urban living that is relevant to towns and cities across the world, the award was conceived in 2004.
By honoring those who have served their communities well by governing openly and honestly, and those who made significant contributions to cities nationally and internationally, the projects aims to raise the profile of mayors worldwide.
In his Facebook account, Mayor Mabilog expressed satisfaction with his fifth place win:
“Well, I think no. 5 in the whole world is not bad? Its GOOD ENOUGH. To be named among the World’s top 5 is a huge honor for me, for my family, for my country, the Philippines and my city. Thank you dear people of Iloilo City for your trust and support. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! I am Iloilo, Proud to be Filipino.”
The top 10 2014 World Mayor are:
- Naheed Nenshi (Calgary, Canada)
- Daniël Termont (Ghent, Belgium)
- Tri Rismaharini (Surabaya, Indonesia)
- Carlos Ocariz (Sucre, Venezuela)
- Jed Patrick Mabilog (Iloilo City, Philippines)
- Albrecht Schröter (Jena, Germany)
- Annise Parker (Houston, USA)
- Yiannis Boutaris (Thessaloniki, Greece)
- Giusy Nicolini (Lampedusa, Italy)
- Aziz Kocaoglu (Izmir, Turkey)