Erico Basilio A. was born on September 12, 1957. His father was a well known painter, Eric Fabian, and his mother, Gloria Apolinario Fabian, was a grade school teacher of the Ateneo de Zamboanga. He is the eldest of the seven children comprised of 3 boys and 4 girls.
Erbie, as fondly called by family and friends, was a true-blooded Atenean. From grade school to his pre-nursing education, the Jesuit-run school was his second home. He then went on to obtain his Nursing diploma at the Zamboanga General Hospital School of Nursing in 1978.
After college, the exciting world of media captured his interest. He became a disc jockey, a reporter, a newscaster and tv host for than a decade. But his desire to serve the people of Zamboanga was so great that he decided to run for public office in 1992.
From 1992 to 2001, he was elected as City Councilor. One of his most important contributions as a councilor was his Think Health program. He crafted the Magna Carta for Health Workers and initiated the guidelines of our present Tourism Code.
In 2001, he ran and won as City Vice-Mayor. During his term, he was elected as Regional President for Western Mindanao of the Vice-Mayors’ League of the Philippines, initiating the conduct of the passage of a resolution supporting the ‘Balikatan 02-01’, Joint RP-US Military Exercise (in battling the Abu Sayyaf and other terrorist groups in Western Mindanao) during the quarterly assembly of the National Vice-Mayors’ League of the Philippines.
In 2004, with the untimely death of our beloved Mayor Maria Clara L. Lobregat, Mr. Fabian became the City Mayor by succession. Within his six-month term as City Mayor, he was able to implement several infrastructure projects and pass the Supplemental Budget for 2004.
In the same year, he was elected as Congressman of the then Lone District of Zamboanga. At present, he is the Congressman of the 2nd District of Zamboanga City and is happily married to Melinda Villanueva-Fabian.