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
Date of Death: April 21,1997
Place of Death: Makati
Cause of Death: Heart disease, severe colds and kidney
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)
IMPORTANT NOTES IN HISTORY
- Supported by
Philanthropist Honorio Ventura to study Law at the
University of Sto. Tomas and became the bar
- 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,
first district of Pampanga, twice elected,
- 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.
co-authored the minimum wage law, the rural bank law
and the law on nationalization of the rice and corn
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
- 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
- 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.
in the change of Independence Day from July 4 to June
- Elected head
of the Constitutional Convention (1971-1972) after the
death of President Carlos P. Garcia.
the country's claim of Sabah from Malaysia.