Public Servant/City Mayor
Edward Solon Hagedorn
A surprise addition to the senatorial race, Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Solon Hagedorn has been a public servant for over 20 years. Hagedorn first served as Puerto Princesa mayor from June 1992 until June 30, 2001 and again on November 2002 until present. An independent candidate, Hagedorn said he decided to run for senator since he is on his third and last term as mayor.
Hagedorn was born on October 12, 1946 in Paranaque, Rizal. His parents were Mr. Alexander Hagedorn and the former Miss Gliceria Solon. He is married to Ma. Elena Marcelo, and blessed with two children Eva Christie and Elroy John. He studied in San Sebastian College-Recoletos and University of the East in Manila.
Hagedorn served as mayor of Puerto Princesa City in 1992 and at the same time served as Representative of League of Cities of the Philippines, Region IV; Member of National Executive Board of Boy Scout of the Philippines; and Assemblyman of Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development.
He is credited with transforming the city as a major eco-tourism destination and model in environment protection. Puerto Princesa is a Hall of Fame Awardee for being the cleanest and greenest component city in the Philippines and has been given national and international awards and recognition for various innovative programs.
Hagedorn was supposed to end his third and final term on June 30, 2001. He ran for governor of Palawan that year but lost in the election.
However, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision to allow him a fresh term as mayor after winning in a special election called by majority of barangay Officials on September 24, 2002.
Hagedorn was the subject of a biopic titled 'Hagedorn' played by the late actor Fernando Poe Jr. in 1995. Hagedorn was appointed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as anti-jueteng czar in 2005.
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