Popoy Zamora, Guam’s first Filipino elected to public office, has died

The following is a news release from the Mayors Council of Guam:

Popoy Zamora

The Mayors’ Council of Guam has received notice that former Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of Dededo Prospero (Popoy) C. Zamora passed away on May 3, 2022 in Cavite, Philippines.

The Honorable + Popoy Zamora was elected by the people of Dededo as Assistant Commissioner in November 1972 and served the municipality from January 1973 to April, 1976. He became Commissioner of Dededo upon the retirement of then Commissioner Vicente S.A. Benavente from April 1976 to January 1977. He was 94 years old.

We express our deepest condolences at the passing of a colleague of the Mayors’ Council of Guam.

Speaker Therese Terlaje’s statement:

“It is with sadness that we received the news of the passing of Popoy Zamora, former Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of Dededo, and longtime Filipino community leader.  Mr. Zamora passed away on May 3, 2022, in Cavite, Philippines at the age of 94.

Mr. Zamora graced our televisions as the host of Buhay Pinoy from 1976 – 2006 bringing us the latest coverage of cultural events, special appearances from visiting Filipino leaders and dignitaries, entertainers, and information for relief drives to help victims of several calamities in the Philippines. As a civic leader and one of Guam’s first “influencers”, Mr. Zamora was recognized for his charitable and humanitarian work as the recipient of the Presidential Award for Outstanding Filipino Overseas for exemplary services to advance the cause of Filipinos on Guam. In addition, the 28th Guam Legislature commended Mr. Zamora’s work as the founder of the Pilipino Amateur Basketball League.

Our prayers go out to the family of Mr. Zamora.  The impact of his dedication to Guam and service to his community will last for generations.”

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