Manuel Félix López
Manuel Enrique Felix Lopez (August 17, 1937 in Junin – January 1, 2004 in Portoviejo) was an Ecuadorian businessman and politician. During his lifetime, he occupied different positions in public administration; from Councilor of Canton in 1966, through the Vice President of the Andean Parliament in 1985, to his national deputation in 1992.
|Manuel Felix Lopez|
|Vicepresident of Andean Parliament|
|President||Julio Garret Aillón|
|Preceded by||Gary Esparza Soviani|
|Succeeded by||Andrés Vallejo|
|Mayor of Bolívar|
|Preceded by||Francisco González Álava|
|Succeeded by||Germánico Vélez Loor|
|Councilor of Bolívar|
17 August 1937|
|Died||1 January 2004
|Political party||Social Christian Party, Republican Unity Party|
|Spouse(s)||Olinda Lara Murillo|
Son of Quinche J. Felix Rezabala and Jacinta Maria Lopez Loor, Manuel was the fourth of 13 children. During the first years of his life, then lived in the city of Calceta, capital head of the canton Bolivar. Felix Lopez lived was born into a family of merchants and closely linked to the politics of the region, as his father was the mayor of the canton.
During his youth, he was twice cantonal councilor of Bolivar (1966 and 1979), and in 1970 he was elected as mayor of the canton. With the return of democracy in Ecuador, he was electad as Provincial Councilor for Manabí (1981–1984), and on this period he was Director of the defunct Manabi Rehabilitation Center (Spanish: Centro de Rehabilitación de Manabí CRM), on behalf of municipalities and also former President of the Jipijapan Water Resources Board (Spanish: Junta de Recursos Hidráulicos de Jipijapa).
In 1984, he was actively involved in the release of national political figure Leon Febres-Cordero. Febres Cordero won the elections for President of Ecuador, meanwhile Manuel Felix Lopez was elected Provincial Deputy, dignity he held until 1988.
In 1985, he was appointed as a delegate to the Andean Parliament, based in Bogota, the same year he was Vicepresident.
During 1991, away from the Social Christian Party he helped to found the Republican Unity Party of Sixto Duran Ballen. Manuel Felix was designed as congressman, because he was in the list of alternate candidates, and the elected deputy Roberto Dunn, was designed as minister of government. Félix was designated as National Director of the governing party. Anew, the national Congress delegated him to the Andean Parliament, now based in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, where he was declared as the guest of honor, by the mayor, Rolando Enrique Rojas.
In 1992 he married with Olinda Lara Murillo. Manuel established a great friendship with the famous singer Lucho Gatica, in fact, he was invited to the tribute in his honor in 1996 in Miami, where many world famous artists participated, like Olga Guillot, Jose Jose, Luis Miguel and others.
A tireless fighter for the progress of the province, Manuel Felix Lopez was the manager of projects to build schools and colleges, among them are:
- "Quinche Felix Rezabala" National School, based in Portoviejo and Calceta
- "Pedro Zambrano Barcia" National College in Portoviejo
- "Wilfrido Loor Moreira" National College in Calceta
He also managed the construction of the terminal "Quinche Felix" in Calceta. He was also responsible for various road works such as Calceta comprehensive paving. During his tenure in Congress, he helped equip hospitals and health centers in the province, was the driving force behind the purchase of the building for the Portoviejo Civil Registry and the creation of the Agricultural Technological Institute of Manabi (Spanish: Instituto Técnológico Superior Agropecuario de Manabí ITSAM)", based in Calceta City, in whose honor now bears his name as Agricultural Polytechnic School of Manabi "Manuel Felix Lopez" (Spanish:"Escuela Superior Politécnica Agropecuaria de Manabí Manuel Felix Lopez (ESPAM MFL)".)