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
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Famous As: President of Philippines
Birthdate: March 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Filipino

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 Miriam Defensor Santiago

Miriam Defensor Santiago
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Famous As: Judge, Journalist, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Filipino
Died: September 29, 2016
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 3 Benigno Aquino, Jr.

Benigno Aquino, Jr.
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Birthdate: November 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Filipino
Died: August 21, 1983

 4 Manuel Roxas

Manuel Roxas
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Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: January 1, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Filipino
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. 

 5 Lapu-Lapu

Lapu-Lapu
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Famous As: Chieftain of Mactan, Philippines
Birthdate: 1491 AD
Nationality: Filipino
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.

 6 Apolinario Mabini

Apolinario Mabini
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Famous As: Revolutionary leader
Birthdate: July 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Filipino
Died: May 13, 1903

 7 Tito Sotto

Tito Sotto
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Bowler, Comedian, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Filipino
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 8 Diosdado Macapagal

Diosdado Macapagal
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Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: September 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Filipino
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.

 9 Sergio Osmeña

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

 10 Elpidio Quirino

Elpidio Quirino
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Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: November 16, 1890
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Filipino
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.

 11 Carlos P. Garcia

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

 12 Jejomar Binay

Jejomar Binay
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: November 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Filipino

 13 Cristine Reyes

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

 14 Fidel V. Ramos

Fidel V. Ramos
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 18, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Filipino

 15 Charo Santos-Concio

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

 16 Risa Hontiveros

Risa Hontiveros
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Famous As: politician, journalist
Birthdate: February 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Filipino

 17 Jesse Robredo

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

 18 Panfilo Lacson

Panfilo Lacson
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Filipino

 19 Lito Lapid

Lito Lapid
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Film actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Filipino

 20 José P. Laurel

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

 21 Francis Pangilinan

Francis Pangilinan
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Famous As: Television presenter, Radio personality
Birthdate: August 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Filipino

 22 Rico J. Puno

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

 23 Bam Aquino

Bam Aquino
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Filipino

 24 Alfredo Lim

Alfredo Lim
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 21, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Filipino

 25 Franklin Drilon

Franklin Drilon
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: November 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Filipino

 26 Claro Mayo Recto

Claro Mayo Recto
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: February 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Filipino
Died: October 2, 1960

 27 Loren Legarda

Loren Legarda
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Famous As: Journalist, Reporter, Presenter, Model, Activist
Birthdate: January 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Filipino

 28 Fernando López

Fernando López
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Birthdate: April 13, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Filipino
Died: May 26, 1993

 29 Gregorio Honasan

Gregorio Honasan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Filipino

 30 Jovito Palparan

Jovito Palparan
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: September 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Filipino

 31 Aurora Quezon

Aurora Quezon
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: February 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Filipino
Died: April 28, 1949

 32 Salvador Laurel

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

 33 Ralph Recto

Ralph Recto
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Filipino

 34 Isabelo de los Reyes

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

 35 Freddie Webb

Freddie Webb
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Radio personality
Birthdate: November 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Filipino

 36 Jinggoy Estrada

Jinggoy Estrada
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: February 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Filipino

 37 Eliseo Soriano

Eliseo Soriano
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Famous As: Televangelist
Birthdate: April 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Filipino

 38 José Burgos

José Burgos
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: February 9, 1837
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Filipino
Died: February 17, 1872

 39 Luis Taruc

Luis Taruc
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 21, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Filipino
Died: May 4, 2005

 40 Francisco Duque

Francisco Duque
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Filipino

 41 Jovito Salonga

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

 42 Benigno Aquino, Sr.

Benigno Aquino, Sr.
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Birthdate: September 4, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Filipino
Died: December 20, 1947

 43 Mariano Marcos

Mariano Marcos
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: April 21, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Filipino
Died: March 8, 1945

 44 Joker Arroyo

Joker Arroyo
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 5, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Filipino
Died: October 5, 2015

 45 Joseph Emilio Abaya

Joseph Emilio Abaya
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Filipino

 46 Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr.

Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr.
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Birthdate: June 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Filipino

 47 Jejomar Binay, Jr.

Jejomar Binay, Jr.
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Birthdate: July 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Filipino

 48 Armin Luistro

Armin Luistro
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Famous As: Friar
Birthdate: December 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Filipino

 49 Heherson Alvarez

Heherson Alvarez
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Filipino
Died: April 20, 2020

 50 Ramon Mitra

Ramon Mitra
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Filipino
Died: March 20, 2000