Sen. Vicente “Ben” Cabrera Pangelinan
Oct. 22, 1955 – July 8, 2014
Senator and former speaker Vicente “Ben” Cabrera Pangelinan passed away on July 8. The senator last year had made it public he was battling cancer. In addition to his role as a long-time senator of the Guam Legislature, Pangelinan was also a local businessman, serving as the president and owner of Group Pacific Suppliers; principal consultant and president of Pacific Presence Group and director of Fifth Wheel Inc. He was also founding director of Graphic Center Inc. and Micronesia Graphics Inc.
“He was a good man,” said Richard Biolchino, president of Graphic Center Inc. Pangelinan had been a personal friend of Biolchino’s for 22 years, as well as a business colleague. “He never got involved in the operations or used his position of influence to help the company in any way. He was really hands-on. He would assist, but not get involved on the operations.”
Rosaries for Pangelinan will continue until July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Yona. The funeral date is scheduled for July 18, also at St. Francis Church.
Pangelinan was born in Saipan and grew up in Barrigada. He was a 1974 graduate of Father Duenas Memorial School and received a bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He also received the Pacific American Foundation Fellowship and the Toll Fellowship from the Council of State Governments. While still in college, he served as staff assistant to the former delegate Antonio G. Won Pat and later worked for the late Gov. Ricardo J. Bordallo.
Before being elected into the 22nd Guam Legislature, Pangelinan worked with FHP/HML Guam, an HMO doing business in Guam, Saipan and California. He had numerous positions consisting of member relations officer, Guam director of government and public affairs, associate director of operations and the regional general manager. After his first term, Pangelinan was re-elected to serve 10 more consecutive terms in the legislature. He served as the speaker of the 27th Guam Legislature.
“He valued his position with the government above everything else,” Biolchino said