Famous Filipino Political Leaders

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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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Andres Bonifacio
(Filipino Revolutionary)
Andres Bonifacio
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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. 
 2 
Manuel L. Quezon
(2nd President of the Philippines)
Manuel L. Quezon
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Birthdate: August 19, 1878
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baler, Philippines
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.

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Miriam Defensor Santiago
(Judge, Journalist, Lawyer)
Miriam Defensor Santiago
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Birthdate: June 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iloilo City
Died: September 29, 2016
 4 
Ramon Magsaysay
(7th President of the Philippines)
Ramon Magsaysay
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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.

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Apolinario Mabini
(Revolutionary leader)
Apolinario Mabini
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Birthdate: July 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Talaga, Philippines
Died: May 13, 1903
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Benigno Aquino, Jr.
(Senator of the Philippines)
Benigno Aquino, Jr.
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Birthdate: November 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Concepcion, Philippines
Died: August 21, 1983
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Manuel Roxas
(Former President of the Philippines)
Manuel Roxas
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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. 

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Diosdado Macapagal
(Former President of the Philippines)
Diosdado Macapagal
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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.

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Elpidio Quirino
(Former President of the Philippines)
Elpidio Quirino
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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.

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Sergio Osmeña
(Former President of the Philippines)
Sergio Osmeña
5
Birthdate: September 9, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cebu City, Philippines
Died: October 19, 1961
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Manny Pacquiao
(One of the Greatest Professional Boxers of All Time)
Manny Pacquiao
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Birthdate: December 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kibawe, Bukidnon, 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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Ferdinand Marcos
(Former President of the Philippines)
Ferdinand Marcos
96
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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Fernando Poe Jr.
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Birthdate: August 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: December 14, 2004
 14 
Corazon Aquino
(Former President of Phillipines)
Corazon Aquino
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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.
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Risa Hontiveros
(politician, journalist)
Risa Hontiveros
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Birthdate: February 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manila
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Benigno Aquino III
(15th President of the Philippines)
Benigno Aquino III
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Birthdate: February 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Died: June 24, 2021
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.
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Grace Poe
(Politician)
Grace Poe
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Birthdate: September 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jaro, Iloilo City
 18 
Emilio Aguinaldo
(President of the Philippines (1899-1901))
Emilio Aguinaldo
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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.
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Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
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Birthdate: September 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manila
 20 
Jesse Robredo
(Politician)
Jesse Robredo
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Birthdate: May 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naga
Died: August 18, 2012
 21 
Francis Pangilinan
(Television presenter, Radio personality)
Francis Pangilinan
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Birthdate: August 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manila
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Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
(Former President of Philippines)
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
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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.

 23 
Gina Lopez
(Environmentalist, Politician)
Gina Lopez
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Birthdate: December 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: August 19, 2019
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José P. Laurel
(Former President of the Philippines)
José P. Laurel
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Birthdate: March 9, 1891
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tanauan, Philippines
Died: November 6, 1959
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Cristine Reyes
(Model, Comedian, Actor)
Cristine Reyes
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Birthdate: February 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marikina
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Francis Escudero
(Politician, Lawyer)
Francis Escudero
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Birthdate: October 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manila
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Fidel V. Ramos
(Politician)
Fidel V. Ramos
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Birthdate: March 18, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lingayen, Philippines
 28 
Imelda Marcos
(Filipino Politician)
Imelda Marcos
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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.

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Tito Sotto
(Actor, Singer, Bowler, Comedian, Songwriter)
Tito Sotto
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Birthdate: August 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manila
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Juan Ponce Enrile
(Former President of the Senate of the Philippines)
Juan Ponce Enrile
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Birthdate: February 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gonzaga, Philippines
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Panfilo Lacson
(Politician)
Panfilo Lacson
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Birthdate: June 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Imus
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Salvador Laurel
(8th Vice President of the Philippines, 5th Prime Minister of the Philippines)
Salvador Laurel
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Birthdate: November 18, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: January 27, 2004
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Sara Duterte
(Lawyer)
Sara Duterte
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Birthdate: May 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Davao City, Philippines
 34 
Richard Gomez
(Athlete)
Richard Gomez
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Birthdate: April 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
 35 
Jejomar Binay
(13th Vice President of the Philippines)
Jejomar Binay
10
Birthdate: November 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
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Joseph Estrada
(13th President of the Philippines)
Joseph Estrada
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Birthdate: April 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tondo, Philippines
Fernando López
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Birthdate: April 13, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iloilo City
Died: May 26, 1993
 38 
Imee Marcos
(Politician)
Imee Marcos
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Birthdate: November 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mandaluyong
 39 
Claro Mayo Recto
(Statesman)
Claro Mayo Recto
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Birthdate: February 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tiaong, Philippines
Died: October 2, 1960
 40 
Rico J. Puno
(Singer)
Rico J. Puno
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Birthdate: February 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: October 30, 2018
 41 
Ralph Recto
(Entrepreneur)
Ralph Recto
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Birthdate: January 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Quezon City
 42 
Aurora Quezon
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Birthdate: February 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baler
Died: April 28, 1949
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Benigno Aquino, Sr.
(6th Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines)
Benigno Aquino, Sr.
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Birthdate: September 3, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tarlac City, Philippines
Died: December 20, 1947
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Isabelo de los Reyes
(Linguist, Journalist, Trade unionist)
Isabelo de los Reyes
3
Birthdate: July 7, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vigan
Died: October 10, 1938
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Bam Aquino
(Politician)
Bam Aquino
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Birthdate: May 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manila
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Loren Legarda
(Journalist, Reporter, Presenter, Model, Activist)
Loren Legarda
5
Birthdate: January 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Malabon
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Lito Lapid
(Actor, Film director, Film actor)
Lito Lapid
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Birthdate: October 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Porac
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Jovito Salonga
(Politician, University teacher)
Jovito Salonga
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Birthdate: June 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasig
Died: March 10, 2016
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Alfredo Lim
(Politician)
Alfredo Lim
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Birthdate: December 21, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tondo, Philippines
Died: August 8, 2020
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Franklin Drilon
(Politician, Lawyer)
Franklin Drilon
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Birthdate: November 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Iloilo City