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
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.

 2 Imelda Marcos

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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.

 3 Andres Bonifacio

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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. 

 4 Manuel L. Quezon

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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.

 5 Corazon Aquino

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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.

 6 Benigno Aquino III

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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.

 7 Ramon Magsaysay

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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.

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 8 Miriam Defensor Santiago

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

 9 Apolinario Mabini

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

 10 Manuel Roxas

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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. 

 11 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

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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.

 12 Benigno Aquino, Jr.

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

 13 Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manila

 14 Elpidio Quirino

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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.

 15 Imee Marcos

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

 16 Diosdado Macapagal

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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.

 17 Sergio Osmeña

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

 18 Francis Escudero

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

 19 Grace Poe

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

 20 Juan Ponce Enrile

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

 21 Tito Sotto

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

 22 Cristine Reyes

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

 23 Jejomar Binay

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

 24 Joseph Estrada

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Famous As: Politician, Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tondo, Manila

 25 Fidel V. Ramos

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 18, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lingayen, Philippines

 26 Jesse Robredo

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

 27 Richard Gomez

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

 28 Risa Hontiveros

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

 29 Sara Duterte

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

 30 Fernando Poe Jr.

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

 31 José P. Laurel

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

 32 Panfilo Lacson

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Imus

 33 Bong Revilla

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

 34 Lito Lapid

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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Film actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Porac

 35 Francis Pangilinan

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Famous As: Television presenter, Radio personality
Birthdate: August 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manila

 36 Rico J. Puno

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

 37 Bam Aquino

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manila

 38 Alfredo Lim

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 21, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tondo, Philippines
Died: August 8, 2020

 39 Franklin Drilon

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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: November 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Iloilo City

 40 Claro Mayo Recto

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

 41 Gregorio Honasan

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baguio

 42 Salvador Laurel

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

 43 Fernando López

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

 44 Aurora Quezon

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

 45 Jinggoy Estrada

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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: February 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila

 46 Ralph Recto

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Quezon City

 47 Isabelo de los Reyes

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

 48 Jovito Palparan

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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: September 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cagayan de Oro

 49 Freddie Webb

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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Radio personality
Birthdate: November 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manila

 50 Benigno Aquino, Sr.

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Birthdate: September 4, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Concepcion, Tarlac
Died: December 20, 1947