Mel Mathay
8th Mayor of Quezon City
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 2001
Vice Mayor
  • Charito L. Planas (1992–1995)
  • Herbert Bautista (1995–1998)
  • Jorge L. Banal (1998)
  • Fe Consuelo S. Angeles (1998–2001)
Preceded byBrigido R. Simon Jr.
Succeeded byFeliciano Belmonte, Jr.
Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Authority
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1994
PresidentFidel V. Ramos
Preceded byIgnacio Bunye
Succeeded byProspero Oreta
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Quezon City's 4th congressional district
In office
June 30, 1987 – June 30, 1992
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byFeliciano Belmonte, Jr.
Mambabatas Pambansa (Assemblyman)
from Quezon City
In office
June 30, 1984 – March 25, 1986
Vice Governor of the Metro Manila Commission
In office
GovernorImelda Marcos
Vice Mayor of Quezon City
In office
January 1, 1968 – December 30, 1971
MayorNorberto S. Amoranto
Preceded byMariano Sta. Romana
Succeeded byCarlos Albert
Personal details
Ismael Austria Mathay Jr.

(1932-06-26)June 26, 1932
Manila, Philippine Islands
DiedDecember 25, 2013(2013-12-25) (aged 81)
Pasig, Philippines
Political partyIndependent (1992–2004: 2005– 2013)
Other political
KBL (1984-1992)
Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino
  • Sonia Gandionco (?–d. 2013)
  • Vilma Valera
    (m. 2013)
ResidenceQuezon City
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines Diliman(BS)
San Beda College(LL.B)

Ismael Austria Mathay Jr. (June 26, 1932 – December 25, 2013),[1] also known as Mel Mathay, was the Mayor of Quezon City from 1992 to 2001.

Early life and education

Ismael Austria Mathay, Jr. was born in Manila on June 26, 1932. He was the son of Ismael Mathay Sr., an Osmeña Cabinet member.[2][3]

Mathay graduated in 1953 with bachelor's degree in Business Administration Major in Economics in the University of the Philippines, where he joined the prestigious Upsilon Sigma Phi. Soon after graduation he enrolled at the College of Law in San Beda and successfully passed the bar examination in 1957.

Political career

Mathay was elected Vice Mayor of Quezon City in 1967, serving from 1968 to 1971. In 1972, he was appointed secretary to the commissioner of the watchdog General Authority Office, a genuine recognition for his talent and integrity. Mathay had completed tenure of 9 years.

Prior to his becoming city mayor, he served as the vice-governor of the Metro Manila Commission from 1979 to 1986, an assemblyman representing Quezon City in the Regular Batasang Pambansa from 1984 to 1986, congressman representing Quezon City's 4th district from 1987 to 1992.[4][5] He was director of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System from 1979 to 1987, and chairman of the Metro Manila Authority from 1993 to 1994. He tried to reclaim the mayoral position in 2004 and 2010 but lost to Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Herbert Bautista, respectively.

Personal life

Mathay married his long-time partner Vilma Valera early in 2013 after the death of his wife Sonya Gandionco.


Mathay died of a heart attack at the age of 81 on December 25, 2013, at The Medical City Ortigas, Pasig.[6][7][8]

In popular culture

He was portrayed by Marlon Mance and Billy Jake Cortez as the young Mel Mathay in the 2023 film Martyr or Murderer.


  1. ^ "Quezon City Leaders". Quezon City Government Official Website. April 14, 2021. Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "CALL NUMBER: LC-USW3- 054094-C [P&P]". Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  3. ^ "Sergio Osmeña: 2nd President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines - War Cabinet 1944-45". The Philippine Presidential Project. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  4. ^ "Former QC mayor dies". SunStar. December 29, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  5. ^ "QM-02-2022" (PDF). Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. April 1, 2022. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  6. ^ "Former QC mayor dies on Christmas day". December 25, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  7. ^ "Former QC Mayor Mel Mathay dies at 81". December 25, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  8. ^ "Ismael 'Mel' Mathay, 81". December 26, 2013. Retrieved December 26, 2013.
House of Representatives of the Philippines New district Representative, 4th District of Quezon City 1987 – 1992 Succeeded byFeliciano Belmonte Jr. Political offices Preceded byMariano Sta. Romana Vice Mayor of Quezon City 1968 – 1971 Succeeded byCarlos Albert Preceded byBrigido Simon Jr. Mayor of Quezon City 1992 – 2001 Succeeded byFeliciano Belmonte Jr. Preceded byIgnacio Bunye Chairperson of the Metropolitan Manila Authority 1992 – 1994 Succeeded byProspero Oretaas Chairperson of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority