The Families of Political Tradition

The political dynasts of the Philippines.

ALONTO [ Mindanao ].

AGUINALDO [ Kawit, Cavite ].

President Emilio F. Aguinaldo.

Minister of War Baldomero Aguinaldo.

Prime Minister Cesar Emilio Aguinaldo Virata [ Baldomero Aguinaldo’s grandson ].

Supreme Court Justice Ameurfina Aguinaldo Melencio-Herrera.

Rep. Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya [ also presently Liberal Party Secretary-General ].

Mayor Federico Aguinaldo Poblete.

Mayor Reynaldo Aguinaldo.

Vice Mayor Emilio Aguinaldo IV [ also known as “Orange”;  husband of ABS-CBN news anchor Bernadette Sembrano ].

AQUINO [ Tarlac ].

General Servillano Aquino.

Benigno Aquino Sr.

Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

President Benigno “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III.

BAUTISTA [ Cavite ].

Leonides Sarao Virata.

Prime Minister Cesar Aguinaldo Virata.

Senator Ramon Revilla.

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr..

COJUANGCO [ Tarlac ].

Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Murphy Cojuangco Jr..

President Corazon “Cory” Sumulong Cojuangco-Aquino.

President Benigno “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III.

Congressman Jose “Pepe” Chichioco Cojuangco Sr..

Congresswoman Mercedes “Ditas” Murphy Cojuangco-Teodoro.

Congressman Jose “Peping” Sumulong Cojuangco Jr..

Secretary of Defense Gilberto “Gibo” Cojuangco Teodoro Jr..

Mayor Miguel “Dors” Cojuangco Rivilla.

CRISOLOGO [ Ilocos Sur ].

Congressman Floro S. Crisologo.

Governor Carmelita “Carmeling” Pichay-Crisologo.

Vicente “Bingbong” Crisologo.

General Fabian Crisologo Ver.

CUENCO [ Cebu ].

DURANO [ Danao, Cebu ].

EJERCITO [ San Juan, MM ].

President Joseph Estrada.

Senator “Jinggoy” Estrada.

Mayor “JV” Ejercito.

Mayor Guia Guanzon Gomez.


JOSON [ Nueva Ecija ].

Tomas Joson.

Eduardo Joson.

KIRAM [ Sulu ].

LAUREL [ Batangas ].

LEVISTE [ Batangas ].

LOPEZ [ Iloilo ].

Benito Villanueva Lopez.

Vice-President Fernando “Nanding” Hofilena Lopez.

Congresswoman Hortensia Lopez Laguda-Starke.

LUCMAN [ Mindanao ].

MACAPAGAL [ Pampanga ].

President Diosdado “Dadong” Pangan Macapagal.

President Gloria Macaraeg Macapagal-Arroyo.

MADRIGAL [ Manila ].

Senator Vicente Lopez Madrigal.

Senator Maria Paz “Pacita” Paterno Madrigal.

Senator Maria Ana “Jamby” Abad Santos Madrigal.

MAGSAYSAY [ Zambales ].

President Ramon Magsaysay.

MARCOS [ Ilocos Norte ].

President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos.

First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos.

Governor Maria Imelda “Imee” Romualdez Marcos.

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr.

MASTURA [ Mindanao ].

OSMENA [ Cebu ].

President Sergio Osmena.

PENDATUN [ Mindanao ].

RASUL [ Mindanao ].

RECTO [ Batangas ].

ROMAN [ Bataan ].

ROMUALDEZ [ Leyte and Manila ].

Justice Norberto Romualdez.

Mayor Miguel Romualdez.

First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos.

Ambassador Benjamin “Kokoy” Romualdez.

SINGSON [ Ilocos Sur ].

Governor Luis “Chavit” Crisologo Singson.

SINSUAT [ Mindanao ].

SUMULONG [ Rizal ].

TAMANO [ Mindanao ].

TILLAH [ Mindanao ].


  1. Roberto "Parker" Bentley de Lucia said,

    October 24, 2012 at 5:55 am

    What about the Veloso-Loreto-Petilla clan in Leyte? From Congressmen and Congresswomen to Governors and Mayors?

  2. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 15, 2012 at 4:44 am

    The 11-hectare Pearl Farm Beach Resort was once a pearl farm in 1958, the Aguinaldo Pearl Farm, where thousands of white lipped oysters, transported from the Sulu Sea, were cultivated for their pink, white and gold pearls.

  3. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 10, 2012 at 8:32 am

    The Aguinaldo Pearl Farm in Davao is now the Pearl Farm Resort of the Floirendo family. From what i remember the founder of the Aguinaldo department store Leopoldo Aguinaldo is From Bulacan i will ask how he is related to the Aguinaldo’s of Cavite

  4. Myles Garcia said,

    May 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    “Aguinaldo” is also synonymous with “gift” in Tagalog/Pilipino–possibly because of their department store in the 50s and 60s. (Is the store in Cubao even there? I remember going to the original store in the Echague area with my folks because that is where mom got her first bedroom set; and I think our sala furniture as well.) Goldcrest was starting in Makati; the Del Rosarios opened up their multi-story show building in Sta. Mesa; Rustan’s was just starting to grow in their San Marcelino location; and Henry Sy was still selling shoes at his Avenida Rizal (or was it Carriedo?) store.

    Also, for a very long time, there stood just the framework of what would have been a rather large skyscraper on the south end of Ayala Avenue (cater-corner from the Peninsula). If I seem to remember right, it seems that the Aguinaldos ran into some trouble at that time with their cultured (black?) pearl venture, which affected the Makati building.

    I don’t know exactly what went wrong with their pearl venture (which was either based in Davao or Palawan if memory serves me right)–either the waters or the oysters weren’t right; that they were attempting a ‘black pearl’ line; they got screwed by their foreign partners; bad marketing (or Mikimoto and the existing cultured pearl industry at the time effectively blocked the markets to the new, upstart venture); or that the black pearl farms in Australia and Tahiti were more successful — or possibly a combination of all that…in which case, it didn’t take off. And that intended flagship building of theirs on Ayala subsequently never got finished as well. I think they had some problems (and that the PLDT took over the unfinished framework and that became their hqtrs sometime in the late 60s-70s. Again, this is only the scuttlebutt that I heard from my elders at the time.)

  5. Ipê Nazareno said,

    May 9, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Dors Rivilla’s real name is Miguel

  6. Ipê Nazareno said,

    May 9, 2012 at 7:05 am

    How can you forget the family of the very first President of the Philippines? The Aguinaldos of Cavite.


    Pres. Emilio F. Aguinaldo
    Minister of War Baldomero Aguinaldo
    Prime Minister Cesar Emilio Aguinaldo Virata (Baldomero’s grandson)
    Supreme Court Justice Ameurfina Aguinaldo Melencio-Herrera
    Rep. Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya (also presently Liberal Party Secretary-General)
    Mayor Federico Aguinaldo Poblete
    Mayor Reynaldo Aguinaldo
    Vice Mayor Emilio Aguinaldo IV (also known as “Orange”; husband of ABS-CBN News anchor Bernadette Sembrano)

  7. Enrique Bustos said,

    May 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Anita Magsaysay Ho and her Brother Miguel Magsaysay may have learned the shipping business from their grand uncle shipping tycoon Teodoro Yangco. Anita Magsaysay Ho was born and she lived in the Paco mansion of her grand uncle Teodoro Yangco when Anita Magsaysay Ho’s great grand mother Ramona Arguelles Corpus first husband Tomas Corpus died she again remarried with Shipping Tycoon Don Luis Yangco also known as the “king of Manila Bay and the Pasig River.” their son Teodoro Yangco had no forced heirs. At the time of his death, his nearest relatives were (1) his half brother, Luis R. Yangco, (2) his half sister, Paz Yangco, the wife of Miguel Ossorio (3) Amalia Corpus-Magsaysay, Jose A. V. Corpus, and Ramon L. Corpus, the children of his half brother, Pablo Corpus, and (4) Juana (Juanita) Corpus, the daughter of his half brother Jose Corpus. Juanita died in October, 1944 at Palauig, Zambales

  8. Presy Guevara said,

    May 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I mourn with the whole Philippines on the passing away of its great female modernist Anita Magsaysay-Ho. Condolences to all concerned.

  9. Myles Garcia said,

    May 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Uhmm….how about the Montanos of Cavite?

  10. Presy Guevara said,

    May 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Cheers Toto. If provincial politics are included, the Apolinario Apacible clan has a current run of various electoral positions in one of the districts of Batangas.

  11. Myles Garcia said,

    April 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    the Zubiri’s?

  12. April 30, 2012 at 9:12 am


    Thank you for the additions. We can always count on your encyclopedic knowledge to complete these blog posts.


    Toto Gonzalez

  13. Enrique Bustos said,

    April 30, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Ortega’s of La Union Fuentebella’s of Camarines Espinosa’s of Masbate Cuenco’s of Cebu Durano’s of Cebu Estrella’s of Pangasinan Imperial’s of Albay Laurel’s of Batangas Recto’s of Batangas Teves of Negros Oriental Romero’s of Negros Oriental

  14. April 30, 2012 at 12:30 am


    These “lists” are a long way in the making. They are far from “complete”!


    Toto Gonzalez

  15. April 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm


    Thank you for that explanation. It clears up a lot of confusion.


    Toto Gonzalez

  16. Presy Guevara said,

    April 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Other than Eulogio Rodriguez (Sr?), were there others of his clan to have entered politics? If Ejercito merits being in the list with a single entry, why not Garcia, Quezon and Roxas?

  17. Myles Garcia said,

    April 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    The late President, was indeed from the poor branch of the Magsaysays. Like any of the larger clans, there are always the less affluent branches. The Magsaysays (like my grandfather) had some farm lands…but remember these were not nearly as large, lucrative or bountiful as the bigger, more streamlined sugar haciendas of Central Luzon, Ilo-ilo or Negros.

    I’m not close to them as my other cousin is, so my ramblings here are sketchy and might not altogether be accurate. The late president is from either the Vicente or Exeqiel Magsaysay branch(es). But it was Ramon’s uncle, Don Ambrosio, one of the illustrados (the first generation of promising young men the new American gov’t of the 1900s thought would shape the island commonwealth into a 20th century society), who brought the Magsaysay name up to entrepreneurial ranks with his engineering background and some good luck in using reparations benefits after the war to turn the agrarian-based (smaller) fortunes of the family into the more industrialized-based shipping sphere. (It was roughly parallel to Aristotle Onassis’ post-war ascendancy too, except Onassis’ rise was on a far larger, and more international basis than the Magsaysays…or the little that I know.)

    Here’s something else…which I don’t think is exactly confidential info…but it was the Ambrosio Magsaysay’s branch further good luck to have gotten Robert Ho (Tita Anita’s husband)’s entrepreneurial skills and international connections (his family is originally from the Shanghai area) who was able to launch Magsaysay Lines into int’l waters and less dependent on the Philippine market. Most ironically, because of the difficulty in acquiring a Philippine passport the legitimate way, unlike how other Chinese nationals did it…via bribes, etc. (and from whom a certain young Ilocano lawyer-congressman in the 40s and early 50s, built his early fortune by ‘fast-tracking’ such portfolios of his Chinese clients), Tito Robert and Tita Anita were forced to raise their family in far-flung places (Hong Kong, Brazil, Vancouver, etc.) and also sort of run the business from abroad. The great offshoot of this was that the core of the family business was run from abroad, therefore beyond the grasp of the predatory regime which later succeeded their tragic relative’s office. Before Hong Kong was returned to commie China, the offices of Magsaysay Lines were moved to Vancouver where, I believe, they are essentially run today..altho with operations still in RP. (Those are what I can piece together of the Magsaysays, but I will happily sit or stand corrected if I have erred in some basic facts.)

    Also, I found this from Larry Henares’ blog:

    “3. Presidents should drown their relatives

    EARLY during the time of President Magsaysay, I happened to go to Malacańang, and saw the Music Room in shambles as though a typhoon swept through it. “What happened?” I asked one of the aides.
    He laughed ever so hard, “Monching caught one of his brothers making diligencia. Poor sonamagun, Monching didn’t even give him a chance to deny it, he promptly wiped the floor with his ass!”
    Monching was that way, he expected his close relations to be like Caesar’s wife. He fired his executive secretary Fred Ruiz Castro for endorsing the promotion of his brother-in-law Col. Banzon as an attache to the Washington Embassy.
    He canceled the government’s contract with shipping magnate Ambrosio Magsaysay, his cousin, even though Don Ambrosio had that contract long before Magsaysay came into power.
    His brother Jesus had to go to Indonesia to do business. And his brother Genaro (also called Gene or Genius) had to lie low.

    * * *

    Even when Monching was already dead, Genius as a congressman, senator and son-in-law of Senate President Amang Rodriguez was scared to touch anything that smelled of money. As President of the Chamber of Industries, I could not get him to co-sponsor any bill that would benefit any industry. But he co-sponsored scores of labor bills.
    Monching impressed upon his children the virtue of self-reliance and honesty. His daughter, Mila Magsaysay Valenzuela, is an official of the Manila Peninsula. His son Ramon Jr., a Harvard man, is a struggling businessman, crowded out by the cronies during martial law, and a respected columnist of the Inquirer.
    President Diosdado Macapagal was the same way. His sister Lourdes Macapagal Bautista, summa cum laude and bar topnotcher, was forbidden to practice law while he was president. His brother Angel who was his secretary for years, was told to keep away from Malacańang.
    Likewise his children competed in the outside world on their own merits, without any help from him. Daughter Cielo is now vice-governor of Pampanga; son Arthur is an official of Sprague and Chairman of Toyota Shaw; daughter Gloria, the Undersecretary of Trade; his son Diosdado Jr. (Boboy), the Undersecretary of Finance.

    * * *

    In a scandal-ridden and muckraking society such as ours, not a breath of impropriety has ever marred the family of Magsaysay and Macapagal. I am very very proud to have served both presidents.
    Both were elected as American boys, but there was never a time of shining glory for the Sun and Stars as in their administrations.
    Against American pressure, Magsaysay made Import Controls an instrument of Industrialization, recovered the titles to the baselands with the help of Recto, renegotiated the Bell Trade Agreement, approved the Retail Trade Nationalization Act, and withdrew from the Copyright Union.
    Against American pressure, Macapagal claimed Sabah: founded Maphilindo (precursor of ASEAN); changed Independence Day to June 12; raised tariffs to protect our industries; stopped having the US represent us where we had no embassies; changed Dewey Blvd. to Roxas, Camp Murphy to Aguinaldo, McKinley to Fort Bonifacio; and refused to send Filipino fighting men to Vietnam.

    * * *

    Rightly or wrongly, relatives were the cross each president had to bear — President Garcia’s brother Cosme and son-in-law Fernando Campos — Marcos’ brother, mother, wife, daughter, son, brothers-in-law, cousin-in-law, son-in-law — Cory’s uncle, brother, cousin, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephew-in-law, sons-in-law.
    Pardon me for living, but Magsaysay and Macapagal never would allow their close relatives to recommend anyone for appointment to any public office, NEVER, NEVER!!
    They would never allow their close relatives to practice law, or indulge in legal influence-peddling, NEVER, NEVER!!
    Magsaysay and Macapagal would never react to accusations against their relatives with a challenge, “Prove it!” or “File your charges in court!” NEVER, NEVER!!!
    For Magsaysay and Macapagal regarded the Presidency as a sacred trust which like Caesar’s wife, must never be tainted by the slightest shadow or suspicion of anything remotely approaching an impropriety. And relatives spoken about in whispers may find themselves exiled to Timbuctu, as far away from Malacańang as possible.

    * * *

    At the outset of Cory’s regime, a guy named Villegas played golf with this Lilliputian relative, and just for goodwill, gave him P40,000 in an envelop. Shorty accepted it without even asking what it was for, not even saying Thank You. Ever since then, he seems to be doing very well without any visible means of support.
    After Magsaysay and Macapagal, every President should be required by law to drown his relatives upon assumption of office.”

  18. April 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm


    Speaking of the Magsaysay of Zambales and their various affluent members like Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Doris Ho, and Coke Bolipata, I am now doubting the political legend, probably concocted by the Americans, that “Ramon Magsaysay was a poor man, a mechanic, who rose to the highest post of the land.” How could Ramon Magsaysay have been such, when at that time in the 1950s pre-1972 agrarian reform, the Magsaysay clan practically “owned” Zambales province?

    Care to enlighten me?

    Toto Gonzalez

  19. Myles Garcia said,

    April 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    You forgot the Magsaysays (who are also an entrepreneurial family). Their shipping business also boomed during Monching’s term and shortly after his sudden death in 1959. That boom was independent of Ramon’s tenure of being president.

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