MAYOR CARLING CUIZON WAS ERMA’S FA­THER

Sun.Star Cebu - - NEWS PLUS -

Writer-ed­i­tor Erma Cuizon, who died at 81 last Nov. 9, had a city mayor for a fa­ther. Few peo­ple know that. Her obit didn’t men­tion she was a mayor’s daugh­ter.

Her dad was Car­los J. Cuizon who served Cebu City as councilor (three terms), vice mayor (two terms) and re­place­ment mayor (twice.) Carling ran for VM in 1959 and 1963 and won: in the first, he as­sumed as mayor when his mayor, Ser­gio Os­meña Jr. (Mayor To­mas Os­meña’s fa­ther) con­tin­ued his term as con­gress­man, which Serg­ing won in 1958. In the sec­ond, he be­came mayor when in 1965 Serg­ing ran for the Se­nate and won. Carling was listed as the 18th and 21st mayor of Cebu City (1960-63;1965-67).

Serg­ing had this strat­egy of him­self run­ning for mayor to as­sure his po­lit­i­cal grip on the city but later on re­lin­quish­ing the city to an ally so he could con­tinue his ac­tiv­i­ties in Manila. Eu­lo­gio “Yoy­ong” Bor­res was an­other mayor who had also served as re­place­ment mayor.

What made Mayor Carling re­mark­able was, a Free­man col­umn in 2013 said, “he en­tered pub­lic ser­vice a poor man and left it a poor man.”Last Nov. 13, Erma was buried be­side Mayor Carling at Queen City Gar­dens in Cebu City.

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