Mayor Benjamin N. Maggay was born on October 18, 1961 at Sitio Namita, Barangay Malaya, Cervantes, Ilocos Sur. His Parents are Candido Maggay and Teresa Ngangac, they are both deceased. He is happily married to Madam Cresencia Pasiwen and blessed with 3 gifted children.
He finished his elementary education at San Pedro Community School, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur as Salutatorian from 1972-1976. He attained his secondary education at Saint Agustin School, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur with honors from 1976-1980. He graduated at Baguio Colleges Foundation (now University of Cordillera from 1980-1985 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He finished his Master in Development Administration (MDA) at Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University in the year 2002.
He started his government career in 1985 as Secretary to the Mayor, in 1986 as Municipal Secretary then appointed as Officer in Charge of the Mayor during the election period in 1987-1988. He was appointed after the election as Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator until he decided to transfer to the national government in 1989.
He became an experienced local government operation officer (LGOO) from 1989-1998. He was elected as Municipal Mayor of Cervantes from 1998-2004 with great accomplishments. He is the founder and initiator of Cervantes National High School. Then, he was re-elected Municipal Mayor last May 2007 local election and now presently serving the town guided by the vision, mission and goals of the present administration.