Filipino Women Leaders

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Throughout history, there have been many Filipino women leaders who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Filipino female leaders such as Imelda Marcos, Corazon Aquino, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Maria Ressa, Miriam Defensor Santiago.
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Miriam Defensor Santiago
(The First Filipina to be an International Criminal Court Judge)
Miriam Defensor Santiago
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Birthdate: June 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iloilo City
Died: September 29, 2016

Known for her legal expertise and her resolve to fight corruption, Miriam Defensor Santiago also became the first Filipina and the first from an Asian developing country to serve as a judge of the International Criminal Court. The senator was also a Ramon Magsaysay Award recipient and died of lung cancer.

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Gina Lopez
(Philippine Environmental Activist Who Fought against Destructive Mining)
Gina Lopez
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Birthdate: December 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: August 19, 2019

Philippine environmental activist and philanthropist Gina Lopez is remembered for her relentless fight against hazardous and destructive mining practices. She had led the ABS-CBN Foundation and had chaired the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. She had also served as the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines.

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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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Gabriela Silang
(Revolutionary)
Gabriela Silang
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Birthdate: March 19, 1731
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa, Philippines
Died: September 20, 1763
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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.

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Risa Hontiveros
(Filipino Politician Who is Currently Serving as a Senator of the Philiippines)
Risa Hontiveros
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Birthdate: February 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manila

Risa Hontiveros is a Filipino politician, journalist, and community leader. After starting her career as a journalist, Hontiveros went on to establish herself as a prominent political leader and is currently serving as a Senator of the Philippines. Over the course of her career, Risa Hontiveros has received several honors, including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

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Sara Duterte
(Lawyer)
Sara Duterte
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Birthdate: May 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Davao City, Philippines
 8 
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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Grace Poe
(Filipina Politician)
Grace Poe
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Birthdate: September 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jaro, Iloilo City

Before being adopted by iconic Filipino actors Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces, Grace Poe was found as an infant in front of a cathedral in Iloilo city. She grew up to be a politician and senator of the Philippines. She has previously also chaired the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

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Charo Santos-Concio
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Birthdate: October 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calapan
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Imee Marcos
(Politician)
Imee Marcos
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Birthdate: November 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mandaluyong
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Aurora Quezon
(Former First Lady of the Philippines)
Aurora Quezon
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Birthdate: February 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baler
Died: April 28, 1949

Aurora Quezon was a Filipino political figure best remembered for her role as the First Lady of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944. Quezon is also remembered for her humanitarian activities; from 1947 to 1949, she served as the chairperson of the Philippine Red Cross. In the 2018 biographical drama film Quezon's Game, Aurora Quezon was played by Rachel Alejandro.

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Cristine Reyes
(Iconic Philippine Actor, Model, and Dancer)
Cristine Reyes
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Birthdate: February 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marikina

Filipino actor, model, and dancer Cristine Reyes is also known as the Ultimate Star in the Philippines. She soared to fame with the reality show StarStruck and later starred in hit films such as Seven Sundays and No Other Woman. She has also been part of series such as Mulawin.

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Loren Legarda
(Filipino Journalist, Environmentalist, and Politician)
Loren Legarda
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Birthdate: January 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Malabon

A former broadcast journalist, Loren Legarda was known for anchoring shows such as The World Tonight, before she stepped into politics and rose to be the President pro tempore of the Senate of the Philippines. The former senator is also a prominent environmental activist.