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As a person, Governor Luisa Lloren “Banti” Cuaresma can be likened to a butterfly whose life has metamorphosed from being a cocooned and contented housewife into a political figure who was catapulted to the highest elective position in the province of Nueva Vizcaya.

Born on January 18, 1955 in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya to Judge Vicente Tabora Lloren and Lolita Bastero Garingan, Gov. Banti attended elementary school at Aritao Central School and finished secondary schooling at St. Teresita’s Academy. In 1977, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy at the Centro Escolar University, Manila.

First and foremost, Banti is a mother to her four children, Benjamin Cuaresma III, who is now the municipal mayor of Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya; Luisa Marie; Lloyd and Luisa Corazon. Before the untimely demise of her husband, she has always prided herself in being a mother. The unfortunate event that befell her husband, who was at that time the mayor of the Municipality of Bambang, not only brought on her shoulders the sole responsibility of raising her children but also caused her to take on the bigger responsibility of being the mother of Bambang which was also orphaned by Mayor Boying’s demise.

Her political career started as the first and only woman municipal mayor of Bambang for three consecutive terms. On July 1, 1998, she assumed as vice-governor of the province and on May 10, 2004 was elected as the provincial governor. Now on her second term, she is continuing her own style of political leadership and governance, giving paramount importance to development programs and projects in education, infrastructure, agriculture and health of the more or less 400,000 Novo Vizcayanos.

“Abante Vizcaya” embodies the dreams and hopes of every Novo Vizcayano…The Banti leadership can be best described as one which crosses the barriers of political differences. He goal has always been to unite local politicians for the cause of the province; thus, there is no other way than to move forward…onward to progress and onward to sustainable development.

Abante Vizcaya!