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Real property sector laments loss of industry icon

Outpourings of sorrow and profound loss greeted the news of the demise of CHARLIE AV GORAYEB, Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations (CREBA), who was widely regarded as an icon of the housing industry and its fiercest champion for almost three decades.

Gorayeb, who was also a multi-term CREBA Chairman and President, and head of the powerful CREBA Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Committee (ALACOM), passed away May 5, 2023 at 81, after battling several episodes of aneurysm, clotting, diabetes and heart problems.

Among the first to pay tribute were the Real Estate Brokers Association of the Philippines (REBAP) and the Organization of Socialized and Economic Housing Developers of the Philippines (OSHDP)government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the press corps, and CREBA chapters, officers and members.


We, the members and officers of REBAP, are deeply saddened to hear of CREBA Chairman and Past President Charlie A. V. Gorayeb’s passing.

His legacy as a leader will continue to inspire generations to come.”

CREBA has been the constant partner of REBAP since its founding. Mr. Gorayeb’s  contributions to the Real Estate Builders and Practitioners industry were immeasurable, and his vision and leadership were instrumental in shaping the landscape of the Philippine housing and real estate today.”

On behalf of the Real Estate Brokers Association of the Philippines, Inc., (REBAP), we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

May they find comfort in knowing that Charlie Gorayeb will always be remembered as a true icon in the Philippine Housing and Real Estate Industry.


We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Charlie A.V. Gorayeb, Chairman of the CREBA and Past President. OSHDP extends its heartfelt condolences to the entire CREBA and Gorayeb families.”

We will remember his generous support to the housing industry and commend his lasting legacy to this sector.


Dear Friends and Colleagues at CREBA:

Please accept our sincere condolences for the passing of one of CREBA’s legendary leaders and our friend, Mr. Gorayeb.

We are proud to have worked with Mr. Gorayeb. His leadership and guidance have helped to strengthen our partnership with CREBA over the years. We were especially honored when he was on the NAR Board of Directors.

We understand that he was much loved and respected at CREBA and among his other real estate colleagues in the Philippines. His legacy will no doubt live on, and we are proud to call him a friend.

Please pass on our condolences to everyone at CREBA and let them know that we, at the National Association of REALTORS®, mourn the loss.

Kenny Parcell
2023 President
National Association of REALTORS®

Legislative Staff for Cong. Albee Benitez and Cong. Jam Baronda

Our condolences to his family, CREBA and all housing advocates. We lost one true leader. Thank you for all your hard work Sir Charlie. Rest in eternal peace.”

Ambassador-Designate of the Republic of Djibouti to the Republic of the Philippines

It is with deep sorrow that we learned of the passing away of  The Honorable Charlie A.V. Gorayeb, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Djibouti to the Republic of the Philippines.

On behalf of the people and the government of the Republic of Djibouti as well as my own name, I present my sincere condolences to you and to the family members of the late Honorary Consul General.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and please know you have our full support in every moment.

In this painful moment, I would like to express my deep gratitude to our late good friend Honorable Charlie A.V. Gorayeb, for his valuable friendship and permanent assistance during his mission as the top Resident Representative of the Republic of Djibouti in the Philippines. lease accept the assurances of my highest consideration.

Honorary Consulate of Mexico in the Philippines

Our sincere condolences to the family he left behind. We lost a Mentor, Leader, Friend and Confidante in the Industry.

We will miss you, Chair Charlie Gorayeb. God speed. May your soul rest in peace. Vaya con Dios, mi amigo.

Consul General a.h. of the Republic of Peru in Manila

It is with great sadness that I write to you upon hearing of the untimely passing of Consul General Charlie A.V. Gorayeb, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Djibouti last 05 May 2023.

I wish to convey my deepest and most heartfelt condolences and sympathies to you and to your entire family. May His legacy as the Honorary Consul General of Djibouti continue to uphold the bilateral relationship between Djibouti and the Philippines.

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and to the entire Gorayeb family during this difficult moment.

The Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of Peru in Manila avails itself of this opportunity to renew the assurances of its highest consideration.

Consul a.h. of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the Philippines

The Honorary Consulate of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Manila, Philippines wishes to express its heartfelt condolences on the demise of the Honorary Consul General Charlie A.V. Gorayeb.

Consul General Gorayeb was known for his commitment to his work, and his lasting legacy in the Philippine Housing & Real Estate Industry and Diplomatic Community will forever remain.

Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with his bereaved family and friends in this period of mourning.”

Consul a.h. of Zambia in the Philippines

Consul a.h. of Guatemala in the Philippines

Please convey to Madame Dolly and the entire Gorayeb family our sincerest condolences for the passing away of the late Hon. Charlie Gorayeb, Consul General a.h. of Djibouti in the Philippines.

We join his family and friends in praying for the eternal repose of his soul.  May he rest in peace.”

Honorary Consulate of Ukraine in Manila

On behalf of Consul Beatrice Jane Ang and the Honorary Consulate of Ukraine, we would like to convey our deepest and most heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the entire family of Consul General Charlie A.V. Gorayeb.

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and to the entire Gorayeb family during this difficult moment.

Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Protocol

“We acknowledge receipt of the Consulate of the Republic of Djibouti’s email dated 07 May 2023 informing the Department of the demise of Mr. Charlie Aniceto V. Gorayeb, Consul ad honorem, of the Republic of Djibouti to the Philippines on 05 May 2023.

With this, on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Office of Protocol wishes to extend its sincerest condolences to the Consulate and the late Consul’s family.”

The Manila Times

Our condolences to CREBA and the Gorayeb family. We know of the many important contributions of Sir Charlie to the real estate industry with his life and works.”

The Philippine Daily Inquirer

Our condolences to the CREBA Family and to the family of Sir Charlie.”

The Philippine Star

Condolences to the family! You will be missed!

CREBA National President

Please pray for the eternal repose of Charlie’s soul and for God’s loving  and eternal embrace to welcome him in His new  home.

May Charlie’s memory always be in our hearts. He has always been our beacon of strength and inspiration. Please pray for his family’s strength as well.

God speed, our dearest Charlie. We love you!

CREBA Vice-Chairman
Villar Group of Companies

I am shocked to hear this news. His passing is a great loss to our organization. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon him. To the family, my heartfelt sympathy.”

Past CREBA National President

So sad to hear of Charlie’s health issues and his passing. In a way, I feel more grateful for the recent launching of CREBA’s golden jubilee celebrations and the invitation for the “elderly” among us to attend it. It became an opportunity to chat and interact with Charlie even if only briefly. It turned out to be, for me, the last time we saw each other alive.

Starting this evening, our Dominican prayer warriors have included Charlie in a Novena offering for his joyful passage to everlasting life with our Creator.

May the memories and kind deeds of our brother, friend, and colleague live on among us and may he rest forever in the Lord’s peace.

CREBA Vice-President for Chapter Affairs

We lost a great leader, mentor, father. He was a formidable champion of the industry. Rest in peace CVG. Mahal ka namin.”

CREBA Vice-President for International Affairs

Offering prayers and expressing sincere condolences to Mam Mutya, Alvin, Tatiana and family. Grant eternal rest upon Sir Charlie Gorayeb, oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.”

Director, CREBA Baguio-Benguet Chapter

Our deepest sympathy to our dear Past President and Current Chairman of CREBA National, Charlie Gorayeb. Your golden memories and outstanding accomplishments remain in our hearts.”


Our prayers and sincere condolences. Charlie will be deeply missed. May he rest in peace.

CREBA Executive Director

We say goodbye today, 5th of May, to the legend that is CREBA National Chairman Charlie Gorayeb who, for 81 years, braved and aced the odds of life and became a well-respected industry leader and mentor to many, especially in Philippine real estate and housing.

The CREBA golden legacy shone brightly under his leadership.

We will miss your wit, humor and grit! Your red pen writes 30 now, but your contributions to the property sector will resonate forever.

Maraming salamat, CVG! Travel to the heavens with our prayers and love!️

CREBA Consultant – Advocacy, Land Titles and Geo-IT

I grieve with CREBA for the loss of a truly great leader. 

I grieve with his family that lost a most devoted and loving patriarch. 

I grieve for the homeless families of this country for the loss of their fierce champion.

I grieve for humanity in this tiny part of the universe for the loss of a genuinely good man.

Most of all, I grieve because I lost a truest friend – Charlie G.”


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