The Journey of Mayor Frolibar Bautista

Boracay-born Frolibar Sacapaño Bautista spent his childhood years in Barangay Balabag. He attended the Balabag Elementary School before moving to mainland Aklan for his secondary education at the Ibajay Academy. Then he transferred to Davao City where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degree from the Rizal Memorial College and worked as a certified public accountant.

Later on, Bautista moved back to the island of Boracay which was starting to become popular as a tourist destination. While continuing to practice his profession, he joined politics and won a seat in the Municipal Council of Malay in 1992. He was reelected as Councilor in 1995 and again in 1998, completing the maximum limit of three terms in 2001.

From 2002 to 2007, Bautista served as the Vice Mayor of Malay, after which he opted for private life but still got involved in helping Malaynons who were in dire need. During the 2016 general elections, he launched his political comeback and was elected anew as Malay Councilor.

In 2019, then Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling convinced him to run as his Vice Mayor, and both of them won. But that same year, Cawaling got disqualified to hold office by the Comelec, so Bautista took over as Acting Mayor of Malay until 2022 – when he ran for Mayor and won by a huge margin.

Now serving his first term as the full-fledged, duly-elected Mayor of Malay, Bautista counts as his achievements the provision of free education to Malaynon youth at the Malay College as well as the construction of the Malay Sports Oval at Barangay Balusbos. Among the 17 towns of Aklan province, only Malay has its own track and field oval funded by the local government unit. An upcoming project of his is the modernization of the Malay Public Market.

Known as “Toto Fromy” to his friends and supporters, Bautista is married to the former Marichu Putong of Davao City. They are blessed with three children, namely: Shiela Marie, Frolie Mae, and Frolibar Jr. Prior to his career in public service, he joined various social and civic organizations in Boracay Island. He was active in the Kiwanis Club of Boracay and is a ranking member of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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