Sibulo, 86; Del Castillo, 78
By Gerald O. Enguero
They came and went one after the other.
Last October 5, former Naga City Mayor Vicente P. Sibulo passed away at the age of 86 that brought loss and sadness to fellow Nagueños. Five days later, on October 10, his erstwhile successor, former City Mayor Carlos ‘Lut’ G. del Castillo, 78, breathed his last due to multiple organ failure.
Sibulo started his public service as city fiscal for Naga City after passing the bar in 1951. In 1955, he founded and organized the Naga City Jaycees and became its first president, to be re-elected several times, and in 1964 became the chairman of the Jaycees national convention held in Naga City, the first time that it was held outside Manila.
In 1964, Sibulo was elected city vice mayor and in 1965 became city mayor when then City Mayor Ramon H. Felipe, Jr. was elected congressman. Sibulo went on to serve as city mayor for three consecutive terms, from January 1968 to February 1980.
After the end of his political career, Sibulo was appointed judge of the regional Trial Court in 1983 until 1987 and later appointed as Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights in 1995.
Del Castillo succeeded Sibulo after the election in 1980. He served as Naga City mayor until 1988 when he yielded the post to then young Jesse M. Robredo who won the mayoral election that year.