Meet the Youngest Mayor: Gabriel del Rosario, Mayor-Elect in Bagac at 21

Louise Gabriel Quito Del Rosario filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC) last October 13, 2015. He is the former national chairman of the Federation of Sangguniang Kabataan and sat as an ex-officio member of the Bataan Sangguniang Panlalawigan or Bataan Provincial Board.

(Photo from Gab del Rosario's facebook account)

Photo from Gabriel del Rosario’s Facebook account.

“Gab”, also known as “Gabs”, said his father Mayor Ramil del Rosario, who is on his third and last term as a municipal chief executive and is the outgoing mayor in Bagac, inspired his long-term involvement in politics. “Kami ng mga siblings ko, hindi kami pinipilit ni dad ma-involve sa politics. Pero he encouraged me to run for SK at nagustuhan ko na siya,” he said.

Gab, at the age of 21, was proclaimed as the newly elected mayor in the May 9 elections; becoming the youngest mayor ever elected in the largest municipality in the province of Bataan.

Gab won against his three opponents.

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What struck me the most during our conversation was how he handled all of the haters. A lot of doubters, especially from the rival parties, kept bashing him all throughout the campaign season. They consistently spread rumors and used his age against him.

Nevertheless, he chose to focus on the positives, which outweighed the negatives; stood firm in his decision, did not surrender and continued to put up a good fight. Considering his political portfolio and the flow of our discussion, I can see and sincerely feel that his intentions for running are pure. He’s here to prove that age is just a number, and we honestly can’t wait to see more of his achievements.

Aside from Gab being a youth activist, he is into hiking, wakeboarding, motocrossing and loves to play the ukulele when he has time to spare.

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Photos from Gab del Rosario’s Facebook account.

I am definitely looking forward to witnessing this young leader’s accomplishments! It’s never too late, or in this matter, too early, for us to reach our dreams.

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