Nawalan ng ama: Former Talisay City mayor Lizares dies, 95

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The former mayor known as the “father” of Talisay City in Negros Occidental died over the weekend at age 96.

Former Talisay Mayor Amelo Treyes Lizares succumbed to multiple complications at the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital in Bacolod City Thursday.

Lizares is considered the city’s father as Talisay became a chartered city under his term .

He was initially appointed OIC mayor of Talisay in 1986 by then president Corazon Aquino. He would be elected to the post until 1998.

“Our heart goes to the family of Mayor Meling Lizares whose death left many Talisaynos grieving. Mayor Meling has left a remarkable legacy for being instrumental in the conversion of the municipality of Talisay into a city and being its first city mayor,” incumbent Talisay Mayor Niel Lizares said.

He added the late former mayor’s efforts made Talisay evolve “from a sleepy town to a fast progressing city.”

Former Negros Occidental Gov. Rafael Coscolluela described the late former mayor as a “political icon who not only had astute political savvy, but also an amazing sense of humor.”

Lizares’ remains will be brought to the Talisay City Hall lobby at 8 a.m. of June 21 for a necrological service.

A funeral mass and interment will be held at 1 p.m. of June 21 at the San Nicholas De Tolentino Parish Church.

Lizares is survived by his wife Teresita Valderrama, children Marichit Gaston, Maryann Dexheimer, Amelito and Annann.