BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Former Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., 84, passed away at the Riverside Medical Center in Bacolod City at 11:38 last night.
Marañon, who was governor of Negros Occidental from 2010 to 2019, died surrounded by his family, his son Sagay Mayor Alfredo Marañon III said.
“It is with great sadness that the Marañon family announces that our beloved papa, Alfredo G. Marañon Jr., went home to our Lord at 11:38 p.m., October 1, due to complications associated with his cardiac health. He would have been 85 years old this December,” his daughter Anna Marie Marañon-McConchie said.
“Due to COVID-19, in lieu of a public gathering to celebrate papa’s life, a virtual gathering will be announced to allow those who cannot be with us to honor his life and achievements,” she said.
“We will appreciate respect for the privacy of the family during our moments of grief. Thank you for your prayers, love and concern,” she added.
Marañon began his career in government service as a councilor of Sagay in 1964, and then went on to become vice mayor and mayor of the city.
He also served as assemblyman of Negros Occidental and congressman of the second district of the province. Marañon was also a farmer, civil engineer and aquaculturist with a passion for protecting the environment and for organic agriculture. He was also a devout Catholic.
During his term as governor, Negros Occidental received numerous awards for excellence.
He also served as president of the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement–Philippine chapter and the Negros Island Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Foundation.
He is survived by his wife Dr. Marilyn Dalisay Marañon and their children Todd and Anna Marie McConchie, Armand and Aileen Lontoc, Alfredo III and Fe Marañon. Takayuki and Agnes Iida, Patrick and Carmela Valderrama, Anthony and Cathy Marañon, and Arthur and Charisse Marañon.
The family said in lieu of flowers, donations to the Carmelite Monastery would be appreciated.*