Erbie, as he was fondly called, 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, three boys and four girls.
He then took his elementary, high school and college at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University. 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 Lobregat, 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.
Six months serving as acting mayor, he ran for Congress representing the Lone District of Zamboanga City.
Fabian is term-bounded and cannot run for another term and is poised to run for the mayorship in the next elections. But the Adelante Zamboanga Party endorsed, with the initiative of Mayor Celso Lobregat, incumbent District I Representative Beng Climaco for the mayorship.
Felt being junked by his former party mates in Lobregat's camp, Fabian decided to run against Climaco-Salazar under the banner of a new party, the Fuerza Zamboanga. Lobregat denied Fabian's allegations citing that Fabian confirmed that he will not run for a new post and consider retirement.
During the 2013 elections, Fabian lost to Representative Climaco in an overwhelming margin. As the election unofficial results found that Climaco was leading by a wide margin, Fabian announced his concession and congratulates Climaco for winning the election. “I concede defeat and I would like to congratulate my dear friend Beng Climaco,” Fabian said in a press statement.
He is happily married to Melinda Villanueva-Fabian.