Fil-Am mayor, Olympian, community pioneer passes away

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A loss for the Filipino American community as an historic figure passed away.

Illocos-born Monty Manibog passed away over the weekend at age 86.

The former Philippine national team gymnasts, also wrestled, representing the Philippines at the 1952 games in Helsinki.

As one of the first Filipino American lawyers to practice in the U.S., he became one of the first Filipino Americans elected to a city council in 1972, eventually serving as mayor of Monterey Park.

Based in Los Angeles, Manibog joined the 1984 Olympics as an ambassador to the Southeast Nations.

He joined the Olympics for a third time in 1988 as coach, joining his son Darren who followed his footsteps as an Olympic wrestler. Darren eventually became a lawyer.

Meanwhile, his daughter Lisa became a beauty queen-turned Emmy winning producer who is responsible for shows such as “Hard Copy”, “Current Affair”, and “60 Minutes”.

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