Famous Filipino Political Leaders

Find out more about the greatest Filipino Political Leaders, including Benigno Aquino III, Ferdinand Marcos, Emilio Aguinaldo, Andrés Bonifacio and Imelda Marcos.

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 1 Ferdinand Marcos

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Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: September 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Filipino
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.

 2 Andres Bonifacio

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Famous As: Filipino Revolutionary
Birthdate: November 30, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Filipino
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. 

 3 Corazon Aquino

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Famous As: Former President of Phillipines
Birthdate: January 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Filipino
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.

 4 Manuel L. Quezon

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Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: August 19, 1878
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Filipino
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.

 5 Benigno Aquino III

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Famous As: 15th President of the Philippines
Birthdate: February 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Filipino
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.

 6 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

 7 Joseph Estrada

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Famous As: Politician, Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Filipino
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 8 Ramon Magsaysay

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Famous As: 7th President of the Philippines
Birthdate: August 31, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Filipino
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.

 9 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

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Famous As: Former President of Philippines
Birthdate: April 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Filipino

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.

 10 Apolinario Mabini

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

 11 Benigno Aquino, Jr.

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

 12 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. 

 13 Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.

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

 14 Sara Duterte

Sara Duterte
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Filipino

 15 Imee Marcos

Imee Marcos
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Filipino

 16 Grace Poe

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Filipino

 17 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.

 18 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

 19 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.

 20 Francis Escudero

Francis Escudero
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: October 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Filipino

 21 Fernando Poe Jr.

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

 22 Juan Ponce Enrile

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

 23 Tito Sotto

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Bowler, Comedian, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Filipino

 24 Jejomar Binay

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

 25 Cristine Reyes

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

 26 Bong Revilla

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

 27 Richard Gomez

Richard Gomez
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: April 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Filipino

 28 Fidel V. Ramos

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

 29 Risa Hontiveros

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

 30 Jesse Robredo

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

 31 Panfilo Lacson

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

 32 Lito Lapid

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

 33 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

 34 Francis Pangilinan

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

 35 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

 36 Bam Aquino

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

 37 Alfredo Lim

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

 38 Franklin Drilon

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

 39 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

 40 Loren Legarda

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

 41 Fernando López

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

 42 Gregorio Honasan

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

 43 Jovito Palparan

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

 44 Aurora Quezon

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

 45 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

 46 Ralph Recto

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

 47 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

 48 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

 49 Jinggoy Estrada

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

 50 Luis Taruc

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