Thursday, January 12, Manila Electric Corporation (Meralco) President Manuel “Manolo” Lopez, who among his posts was Philippine ambassador to Japan during the second term of the Aquino government, died at the age of 80.
The cause of death of Lopez, who was the youngest of the four children of Eugenio Lopez Sr. of the Lopez Group founder, was not disclosed.
He led Meralco from 1986, when the government returned to Lopez’s assets seized by the Marcos dictatorship, until June 2001. He was Chairman and CEO from July 2001 to June 2010 and Chairman until 2012. His roles were assumed by businessman Manuel V Pangilinan after he The family was forced to cede control of the electric company.
Lopez served as the Philippines’ Ambassador to Japan from December 2, 2010, until June 30, 2016, during the administration of then President Benigno Aquino III. His tenure is said to have improved relations between Manila and Tokyo.
At the time of his death, Lopez was Chairman Emeritus of Lopez Holdings, where he was Chairman and CEO from 2010 through 2020.
He also served as president of Rockwell Land Corp. and Vice President of First Philippine Holdings Corp. and Director of ABS-CBN Corp. and ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. First Philippine Realty Corp. and PGA Sompo Insurance Corp. President, Eugenio Lopez Foundation, Inc. and a trustee of the Lopez Group Foundation, among others.
Lopez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from East University and attended the Management Development Program at Harvard Business School.
He was survived by his wife, Mariettes; children and in-laws Maita and George, Beaver, Mike and Chris, and Mark and Connie; and their grandchildren Isabella, Bettina, Miguel, Martina, Manu, Andreas, Jacques and Luis.
Lopez’s remains are currently in the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig. The memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2022.