Famous Filipino Leaders

Philippines is an island country in Southeast Asia. The country is not just rich in biodiversity and flaunts a scenic landscape but has been the hub of the economic progress of the current era. A middle power, Philippines was under the control of America before declaring its independence in 1946. It has a democratic government in the form of a constitutional republic with a presidential system. The President of Philippines serves as the head of the state as well as the head of the government. He is also the commander in chief of the armed forces. Philippines has been home to several important leaders who have virtually created history through their revolutionary leadership roles. There are also many interesting facts associated with their profiles. Did you know that Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III, son of ex-President Cory C. Aquino, never aimed to become a president? A political reformer, destiny played its game by helping Aquino become the President due to his commitment to push anti-corruption reforms. Other important Filipino leaders include Jejomar Jojo Binay, Juan Ponce Enrile, Manuel Mar Roxas, Joseph Estrada and so on. Read this section to know more about famous Filipino leaders.

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 1 Rodrigo Duterte

Rodrigo Duterte
Famous As: President of Philippines
Birthdate: March 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maasin, Philippines

The current president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte took office at age 71, making him the oldest president of the country. His war on drugs has had a major impact in the Philippines. Known for his straightforward attitude in public, Duterte has admitted to killing three men in 1988 in an attempt to save a girl from being raped.

 2 Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal
Birthdate: June 19, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calamba, Laguna
Died: December 30, 1896

Jose Rizal was a Filipino polymath and nationalist. An ophthalmologist by profession, Rizal turned towards writing and inspired the Philippine Revolution through his writings. The revolution eventually led to Philippine independence and Rizal became a national hero. His life has inspired several biographical films and TV series.

 3 Ferdinand Marcos

Ferdinand Marcos
Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: September 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippine Islands
Died: September 28, 1989

Ferdinand Marcos served as the tenth president of the Philippines. Marcos' rule was marked by brutality, extravagance, and corruption, making him the most controversial leader of his generation. Deemed a kleptocrat, Marcos' dictatorship caused an economic collapse during which the country suffered greatly. He was removed from power in 1986 after a series of protests called the People Power Revolution.

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 4 Andres Bonifacio

Andres Bonifacio
Famous As: Filipino Revolutionary
Birthdate: November 30, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tondo
Died: May 10, 1897
Andrés Bonifacio, or the “Father of the Philippine Revolution,” established the Katipunan, the Philippine independence movement against the Spanish colonial reign. He also worked with La Liga Filipina. He is considered the first president of the Philippines though he was never officially the president. He was eventually executed for treason. 

 5 Manuel L. Quezon

Manuel L. Quezon
Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: August 19, 1878
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baler
Died: August 1, 1944

Filipino statesman Manuel L. Quezon, or MLQ, was the president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944, thus becoming the first Filipino to lead a government of the whole of the Philippines. He formed a government-in-exile in the U.S. after the Japanese invasion during World War II.

 6 Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.

Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manila

 7 Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao
Famous As: Politician, Professional Boxer
Birthdate: December 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kibawe, Philippines

Before assuming office as a senator of the Phillippines, Manny Pacquiao was already known as a globally renowned boxer. Known to his fans as PacMan, he is the only boxer to have won world championships from the 1990s to the 2020s. BoxRec named him the world’s seventh-active boxer in 2020.

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 8 Miriam Defensor Santiago

Miriam Defensor Santiago
Famous As: Judge, Journalist, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iloilo City
Died: September 29, 2016

 9 Ramon Magsaysay

Ramon Magsaysay
Famous As: 7th President of the Philippines
Birthdate: August 31, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Iba, Zambales, Philippines
Died: March 17, 1957

Born to an artisan father, Ramon Magsaysay was initially a schoolteacher. He served as the president of the Philippines and successfully subdued the Huk movement of the local communist guerrillas. The Ramon Magsaysay Award, named after him, celebrates excellence of Asians in various fields such as journalism and government service.

 10 Lapu-Lapu

Famous As: Chieftain of Mactan, Philippines
Birthdate: 1491 AD
Birthplace: Mactan, Philippines
Died: 1542 AD
Lapu-Lapu, also known as Çilapulapu or Cilapulapu, was a datu of Mactan. He is remembered for his revolt against the Spanish colonizers of the Philippines and is regarded as the first Filipino hero. He defeated Ferdinand Magellan and his allies at the Battle of Mactan in 1521.

 11 Apolinario Mabini

Apolinario Mabini
Famous As: Revolutionary leader
Birthdate: July 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Talaga, Philippines
Died: May 13, 1903

 12 Manuel Roxas

Manuel Roxas
Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: January 1, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roxas City, Philippines
Died: April 15, 1948

Manuel Roxas was a Filipino politician who served as the president of the Philippines from 1946 to 1948. He also served as the first president of the Third Philippine Republic after the USA relinquished its supremacy over the Philippines. Regarded as an important politician in the history of the Philippines, Roxas is depicted on the 100 Peso banknote. 

 13 Elpidio Quirino

Elpidio Quirino
Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: November 16, 1890
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vigan City, Philippines
Died: February 29, 1956

Elpidio Quirino was a Filipino politician and lawyer. From 1948 to 1953, Quirino served as the president of the Philippines. He was serving as the vice-president when he succeeded the presidency after the sudden death of incumbent President Manuel Roxas. In 2016, a memorial was established in Tokyo, Japan, in his honor.

 14 Diosdado Macapagal

Diosdado Macapagal
Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: September 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lubao, Pampanga, Philippine Islands
Died: April 21, 1997

Diosdado Macapagal was a Filipino politician who served as the president of the Philippines from 1961 to 1965. Prior to his presidency, Macapagal served as the sixth vice-president from 1957 to 1961. Diosdado Macapagal is credited with inspiring his daughter Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who later became the president of the Philippines.

 15 Sergio Osmeña

Sergio Osmeña
Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: September 9, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cebu City, Philippines
Died: October 19, 1961

 16 Imee Marcos

Imee Marcos
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mandaluyong

 17 Carlos P. Garcia

Carlos P. Garcia
Famous As: Former President
Birthdate: November 4, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Talibon, Philippines
Died: June 14, 1971

 18 Imelda Marcos

Imelda Marcos
Famous As: Filipino Politician
Birthdate: July 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manila

Imelda Marcos is a retired Filipino politician with a controversial history. She became the First Lady of the Philippines in 1965 when her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, became President of the nation. Her family stole billions of dollars from the country’s citizens and lived lavishly. The Marcoses were unseated during the People Power Revolution in February 1986.

 19 Corazon Aquino

Corazon Aquino
Famous As: Former President of Phillipines
Birthdate: January 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paniqui, Tarlac
Died: August 1, 2009
Corazon Aquino, or Cory Aquino, was the first female president of the Philippines. She led the People Power Revolution after her husband Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.’s assassination and ended the 21-year dictatorial reign of President Ferdinand Marcos. In 1986, Corazon was named Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year.

 20 Benigno Aquino III

Benigno Aquino III
Famous As: 15th President of the Philippines
Birthdate: February 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Benigno Aquino III, also known as PNoy, or Noynoy, was the president of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016. He has also chaired the Liberal Party. Son of Filipino politician Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., he was named to Time 100 in 2013. He has also faced legal charges for corruption.

 21 Emilio Aguinaldo

Emilio Aguinaldo
Famous As: First President of the Philippines
Birthdate: March 22, 1869
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kawit, Philippines
Died: February 6, 1964
Filipino revolutionary and military leader Emilio Aguinaldo was the first president of the Philippines, from 1899 to 1901. He was also the youngest president of his country and the first of any Asian republic. He was part of the Philippine Revolution, the Spanish–American War, and the Philippine–American War.

 22 Fernando Poe Jr.

Fernando Poe Jr.
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: December 14, 2004

 23 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Famous As: Former President of Philippines
Birthdate: April 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Juan, Metro Manila

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is a Filipino politician and academic. From 2001 to 2010, Arroyo served as the president of the Philippines. Before serving as the president, Arroyo served as a senator and as the vice president of the Philippines. She later served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives from 2018 to 2019.

 24 Francis Escudero

Francis Escudero
Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: October 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manila

 25 Sara Duterte

Sara Duterte
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Davao City, Philippines

 26 Juan Ponce Enrile

Juan Ponce Enrile
Famous As: Politician, Jurist, Lawyer
Birthdate: February 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gonzaga

 27 Benigno Aquino, Jr.

Benigno Aquino, Jr.
Birthdate: November 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Concepcion, Tarlac
Died: August 21, 1983

 28 Tito Sotto

Tito Sotto
Famous As: Actor, Singer, Bowler, Comedian, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manila

 29 Cristine Reyes

Cristine Reyes
Famous As: Model, Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: February 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marikina

 30 Richard Gomez

Richard Gomez
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: April 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

 31 Gina Lopez

Gina Lopez
Famous As: Environmentalist, Politician
Birthdate: December 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: August 19, 2019

 32 José P. Laurel

José P. Laurel
Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: March 9, 1891
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tanauan, Philippines
Died: November 6, 1959

 33 Jejomar Binay

Jejomar Binay
Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: November 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manila

 34 Gabriela Silang

Gabriela Silang
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: March 19, 1731
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa, Philippines
Died: September 20, 1763

 35 Joseph Estrada

Joseph Estrada
Famous As: 13th President of the Philippines
Birthdate: April 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tondo, Philippines

 36 Jesse Robredo

Jesse Robredo
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naga
Died: August 18, 2012

 37 Risa Hontiveros

Risa Hontiveros
Famous As: politician, journalist
Birthdate: February 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manila

 38 Charo Santos-Concio

Charo Santos-Concio
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calapan

 39 Salvador Laurel

Salvador Laurel
Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: November 18, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tanauan
Died: January 27, 2004

 40 Fernando López

Fernando López
Birthdate: April 13, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iloilo City
Died: May 26, 1993

 41 Grace Poe

Grace Poe
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jaro, Iloilo City

 42 Rico J. Puno

Rico J. Puno
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: October 30, 2018

 43 Isabelo de los Reyes

Isabelo de los Reyes
Famous As: Linguist, Journalist, Trade unionist
Birthdate: July 7, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vigan
Died: October 10, 1938

 44 Claro Mayo Recto

Claro Mayo Recto
Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: February 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tiaong, Philippines
Died: October 2, 1960

 45 Aurora Quezon

Aurora Quezon
Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: February 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baler
Died: April 28, 1949

 46 Fidel V. Ramos

Fidel V. Ramos
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 18, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lingayen, Philippines

 47 Bong Revilla

Bong Revilla
Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Comedian, Film actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manila

 48 Jovito Salonga

Jovito Salonga
Famous As: Politician, University teacher
Birthdate: June 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasig
Died: March 10, 2016

 49 Macario Sakay

Macario Sakay
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: March 1, 1878
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: September 13, 1907

 50 Luis Taruc

Luis Taruc
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 21, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Luis, Philippines
Died: May 4, 2005