Marcos, Jr., Ferdinand R.
September 3, 1957
In his 17 years of public service, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. has achieved for himself a distinguished record as a lawmaker, government official, and public administrator, most of which were accomplished away from the spotlight.
Bongbong became drawn to the challenges of public service early on in life, having observed how both his parents devoted their lives to public service for more than two decades. At a very young age of 23, he was elected vice-governor of Ilocos Norte.
The events that transpired after the EDSA Revolution in 1986 forced the Marcoses to leave the country in exile. While he was away, Bongbong’s thoughts nevertheless remained focused on being able to serve his country, as he continued to study and develop his skills while aspiring to be able to come home to the Philippines soon.
Braving the possibility of arrest from the new regime, Bongbong was the first among his family to return from exile in 1992. No sooner had he stepped back on Philippine soil than he took up where he left off and started serving the Filipino people once again. In the same year, he was elected to Congress as Representative for the Second District of his home province, Ilocos Norte. Among the measures he authored was the landmark law establishing the Philippine Youth Commission. He was also instrumental in advancing the cause of cooperatives by devoting most of his Countryside Development Fund (CDF) to organizing cooperatives of teachers and fanners in his home province.
In 1998, he ran and won Governor of Ilocos Norte, where he served for three (3) consecutive terms. In his nine years as Governor, he transformed Ilocos Norte into a first-class province, showcasing its natural and cultural tourism destination areas, as well as its pioneer wind power technology that serves as an alternative source of energy for the needs of the province and neighboring towns.
In 2007, he was elected back to the House of Representatives, where he served as Deputy Minority Leader. During this term, one of the important pieces of legislation he authored was the Philippine Archipelagic Baselines Law, or Republic Act No. 9522.
In 2010, Bongbong Marcos won a seat in the Philippine Senate, placing 7th overall and first of the two real Senate newcomers. Presently, he chairs the Senate Committee on Local Government and the Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlements, and is a member of several other committees.
Born on September 13, 1957, Bongbong is the second child of former President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos and former First Lady and incumbent Congresswoman Imelda Romualdez Marcos of the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte. He studied elementary in De La Salle College, finished his secondary education in Worth School in England, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics from the Oxford University in 1978. He obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business.
He is married to lawyer Louise Cacho Araneta, with whom he has three sons.