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Philippine President - DIOSDADO MACAPAGAL y PANGAN

Diosdado Macapagal - Ninth Philippine PresidentThe Ninth President of the Republic of the Philippines
December 30, 1961 - December 30, 1965

Date of Birth: September 28, 1910
Place of Birth: Lubao, Pampanga
Father: Urbano Macapagal
Mother: Romana Pangan
First wife: Purita de la Rosa
Second Wife: Dra. Evangelina Macaraeg
Children by Purita de la Rosa: Cielo and Arthur
Children by Dra. Evangelina Macaraeg: Diosdado, Jr. and Gloria
Date of Death: April 21,1997
Place of Death: Makati
Cause of Death: Heart disease, severe colds and kidney trouble.
Age at Death: 87

Elementary and High School
Mababang Paaralan ng Lubao (1925)
Mataas na Paaralan ng Pampanga (1929)
Associate of Arts, University of the Philippines
Scholar, Philippine Law School,
Bachelor of Law, University of Sto. Tomas (1936)
Master of Laws, (1941)
Doctor of Public Laws, (1947)
Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (1957)
  • Supported by Philanthropist Honorio Ventura to study Law at the University of Sto. Tomas and became the bar examination topnotcher.
  • Was a member of the National Legislature from 1949 to 1957.
  • Served as assistant lawyer of President Manuel Quezon.
  • Was a professor at the University of Sto. Tomas.
  • Chief of Legal Division Department Department of Foreign Affairs, (1946).
  • Congressman, first district of Pampanga, twice elected, (1949-1953).
  • Was head of the Philippine Delegation at the United Nations Assembly in Paris in 1951 and helped in the negotiations of the mutual defense treaty, in the United States and peace treaty in Japan.
  • Authored, co-authored the minimum wage law, the rural bank law and the law on nationalization of the rice and corn industry.
  • Chairman; Congress Committee on Foreign Relations.
  • Honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Congressmen by the Congressional Press Club, (1947-1957).
  • Tagged as the Champion of the Masses because of his concern for the poor.
  • Named The Most Outstanding Congressman of the Third Congress.
  • Became the Vice-President of the Philippines in 1957.
  • Became the President of the Philippines in 1961.
  • He was tagged "The Incorruptible" because of his strict campaign against corruption.
  • Signed the Agricultural Land Reform Code (Republic Act -No. 3844) on August, 1963.
  • Helped in establishing the MAPHILINDO (Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia), which was replaced by ASEAN in 1963.
  • Instrumental in the change of Independence Day from July 4 to June 12.
  • Elected head of the Constitutional Convention (1971-1972) after the death of President Carlos P. Garcia.
  • Spearheaded the country's claim of Sabah from Malaysia.

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