Lea Salonga’s dad passes away at 86

  • Lea Salonga’s father died on Friday, January 29
  • He is a former SBMA chairman under the Arroyo administration
  • He was 86 years old
Screenshot of Lea’s FB post

MANILA, Philippines – Feliciano Salonga, the father of multi-awarded international artist Lea Salonga, died on Friday, January 29. He was 86.

Lea, who is currently in New York playing one of the lead characters in the Broadway play “Allegiance”, posted on her social media accounts the obituary for her deceased father.

The elder Salonga is a former chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) from 2006 to 2013. He attended the MBA program at the University of the Philippines (UP) from 1959-1960 and is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point in New York.

He is also a graduate of the US Mine Sweeping Course in 1956 and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Intelligence Specialist Course in 1954.

On her Facebook account, Lea captioned the Philippine Star obituary for her father which read:  “To be completely honest, I didn’t know even half of what’s he’s done in his professional or military life. All I know is he has now joined the rest of his ancestors that went to the Great Beyond before him. Rest in peace, Dad. “

The “Voice of the Philippines” judge’s father also once served as the Executive Chairman of the Sabah Shipyard Philippines Incorporated, commander of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Auxilliary (103rd Squadron, Zambales) and Chairman and Governor of the Chamber of Maritime Industries of the Philippines, among many others.

He is married to Lea’s mom, María Ligaya Alcantara, with whom he had two children – the other being Gerard Salonga.

The funeral wake is at the SBMA gym in Olongapo City. Meanwhile, it was not disclosed if Lea will be going home to the Philippines to pay her last respects to her father.