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Presidents of the Philippines: Their Achievements and Contributions

Updated on March 9, 2016

Since independence in 1898 and the ratification of the Philippine Constitution in the First Republic, there have been 15 presidents. Starting with General Emilio Aguinaldo all the way to current president Benigno Aquino, this article details each president's particular contributions and achievements while in office.

1. Emilio Aguinaldo 1899-1901

One way to remember the first president of the Philippines First Republic is to look at the five peso coin. Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo's face used to grace the five peso bill (which is not used anymore). The back of the bill shows him holding the Philippine flag at the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • first (and only) president of the First Republic (Malolo Republic)
  • signed the Pact of Biak-na-Bato, creating a truce between the Spanish and Philippine revolutionaries
  • known as the President of the Revolutionary Government
  • led the Philippines in the Spanish-Philippine War and the American-Philippine War
  • youngest president, taking office at age 28
  • longest-lived president, passing away at 94

2. Manuel L. Quezon, 1935-1944

After 34 years of Insular Government under American rule, Philippine voters elected Manuel Luis Quezon first president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. He is known as the “Father of National Language” (Ama ng Wikang Pambansa). He died of tuberculosis in Saranac Lake, New York.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • first Senate president elected as President of the Philippines
  • first president elected through a national election
  • first president under the Commonwealth
  • created National Council of Education
  • initiated women’s suffrage in the Philippines during the Commonwealth
  • approved Tagalog/Filipino as the national language of the Philippines
  • appears on the twenty-peso bill
  • a province, a city, a bridge and a university in Manila are named after him
  • his body lies within the special monument on Quezon Memorial Circle

3. José P. Laurel, 1943-1945

José P. Laurel's presidency is controversial. He was officially the government's caretaker during the Japanese occupation of World War II. Criticized as a traitor by some, his indictment for treason was superseded later by an amnesty proclamation in 1948.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • since the early 1960s, Laurel considered a legitimate president of the Philippines
  • organized KALIBAPI (Kapisanan sa Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas, or Association for Service to the New Philippines), a provisional government during Japanese occupation
  • declared Martial Law and war between the Philippines and the U.S./United Kingdom in 1944
  • with his family, established the Lyceum of the Philippines

4. Sergio Osmeña, 1944-1946

Sergio Osmeña was the second president of the Commonwealth. During his presidency, the Philippines joined the International Monetary Fund.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • became president at 65, making him the oldest person to hold office
  • first Visayan to become president
  • joined with U.S. Gen. Douglas McArthur in Leyte on October 20, 1944 to begin restoration of Philippine freedom after Japanese occupation
  • Philippine National Bank was rehabilitated and the country joined the International Monetary Fund during his presidency
  • Bell Trade Act was approved by the U.S. Congress during his presidency
  • appears on the 50-peso bill

5. Manuel Roxas, 1946-1948

Manuel Roxas was the fifth president of the Philippines: the third (and last) president under the Commonwealth, and the first president of the Third Republic of the Philippines. He held office for only one year, 10 months, and 18 days.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • inaugurated as the first president of the new Republic after World War II
  • reconstruction from war damage and life without foreign rule began during his presidency
  • under his term, the Philippine Rehabilitation Act and Philippine Trade Act laws were accepted by Congress
  • appears on the 100-peso bill

6. Elpidio Quirino, 1948-1953

Elpidio Quirino served as vice president under Manuel Roxas. When Roxas died in 1948, Quirino became president.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • Hukbalahap guerrilla movement active during his presidency
  • created Social Security Commission
  • created Integrity Board to monitor graft and corruption
  • Quezon City became capital of the Philippines in 1948

7. Ramon Magsaysay, 1953-1957

Ramon Magsaysay was born in Iba, Zambales. He was a military governor and an engineer. He died in an aircraft disaster while boarding the presidential plane.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • Hukbalahap movement quelled during his presidency
  • chairman of the Committee on Guerrilla Affairs
  • first president sworn into office wearing Barong Tagalog during inauguration
  • presidency referred to as the Philippines' "Golden Years" for its lack of corruption
  • Philippines was ranked second in Asia’s clean and well-governed countries during his presidency
  • established National Resettlement and Rehabilitation Administration (NARRA) among other agrarian reforms

8. Carlos P. Garcia, 1957-1961

A lawyer, poet, and teacher, Carlos P. Garcia also served as a guerrilla leader during the Pacific War. Born in Bohol, Garcia serviced as vice president under Ramon Magsaysay and as secretary of Foreign Affairs for four years. He became president when Magsaysay died in 1957.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • known for “Filipino First Policy,” which favored Filipino businesses over foreign investors
  • established the Austerity Program focusing on Filipino trade and commerce
  • known as the “Prince of Visayan Poets” and the “Bard from Bohol”
  • cultural arts was revived during his term
  • was the first president to have his remains buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

9. Diosdado Macapagal, 1961-1965

Born in Lubao, Pampanga, Diosdado Macapagal was a lawyer and professor. His daughter Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was the 14th, and second female, president of the Philippines.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • established the first Land Reform Law, allowing for the purchase of private farmland to be distributed in inexpensive, small lots to the landless
  • placed the Philippine peso on the currency exchange market
  • declared June 12, 1898 to be Philippines’ Independence Day
  • signed the Minimum Wage Law
  • created the Philippine Veteran’s Bank

10. Ferdinand Marcos, 1965-1986

Born in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Ferdinand Edralin Marcos was a lawyer and Senate President for three years. He was president for 21 years. He ruled under martial law and his dictatorship was known for its corruption and brutality. Marcos was removed from office after the People Power Revolution.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • first president to win a second term
  • declared Martial Law on Sept. 22, 1972
  • increased the size of Philippine military and armed forces
  • by 1980 the Philippine GNP was four times greater than 1972
  • by 1986 the Philippines was one of the most indebted countries in Asia
  • built more schools, roads, bridges, hospitals, and other infrastructure than all former presidents combined
  • the only president whose remains are interred inside a refrigerated crypt

11. Corazon Aquino, 1986-1992

The first woman president of the Philippines and the first woman to become president of an Asian country, Corazon Aquino was born in Paniqui, Tarlac. She was a prominent figure in the People Power Revolution that brought down Ferdinand Marcos' dictatorship. Her husband, Benigno Aquino Jr., was a senator during the Marcos regime and its strongest critic. He was assassinated while Marcos was still in power.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • first woman to be president of the Philippines or any Asian country
  • restored democracy
  • abolished the 1973 Marcos Constitution and ushered in the new Constitution of the Philippines
  • reorganized the structure of the executive branch of government
  • signed the Family Code of 1987, a major civil law reform, and 1191 Local Government Code, which reorganized the structure of the executive branch of government
  • initiated charitable and social activities helping the poor and the needy
  • named “Woman of the Year” in 1986 by Time magazine
  • on the new 500-peso bill together with her husband Benigno Aquino

Received honors and awards including:

  • 100 Women Who Shaped World History
  • 20 Most Influential Asians of the 20th Century
  • 65 Great Asian Heroes
  • J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding

12. Fidel V. Ramos, 1992-1998

Fidel V. Ramos was the chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines before he became president. He was also a civil engineer. As president, he restored economic growth and stability in the country, even during the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997. He is the first, and so far the only, non-Catholic president of the Philippines.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • oversaw Philippine economic growth
  • presided over celebrations of Philippine Independence Centennial in 1998
  • received British Knighthood from the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II (Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George)
  • hosted the fourth Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leader's Summit in the Philippines in 1996
  • Philippine Stock Exchange became an international favorite during his presidency
  • death penalty reinstated while he was in office
  • signed peace agreement with the rebel Moro National Liberation Front

13. Joseph Estrada, 1998-2001

Known as Erap, Joseph Estrada was the first president who had been a famous film actor. His presidency was controversial. During his years in office economic growth was slow and he faced impeachment proceedings. He was ousted from the presidency in 2001. He was later convicted of stealing from the government but was pardoned. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2010.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • during his presidency Moro Islamic Liberation Front headquarters and camps were captured
  • joined other leaders and politicians to try to amend the 1987 Constitution
  • cited as one of the Three Outstanding Senators in 1989
  • among the “Magnificent 12” who voted to terminate the agreement that allows for U.S. control of Clark Airbase and Subic Naval Base

14. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, 2001-2010

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was the 14th, president of the Philippines (and the second female president). The Oakwood Mutiny occurred during her term. Arroyo oversaw road and infrastructure improvements and higher economic growth that presidents before her, but there was also controversy. The so-called "Hello Garci" controversy involved recordings that allegedly captured Arroyo ordering the rigging of the election that put her in office. In 2005 Arroyo faced impeachment proceedings related to the recordings but the impeachment failed. After she had left office Arroyo faced additional charges of election fraud and misuse of state funds.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • second female president of the country
  • first and only female vice-president of the Philippines so far
  • first president to take oath outside Luzon
  • former Economics professor at the Ateneo de Manila University, where current president Benigno Aquino III was one of her students
  • ex-classmate of former U.S. President Bill Clinton at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she maintained Dean’s list status
  • oversaw higher economic growth than the past three presidents before her
  • peso became the best-performing currency of the year in Asia in 2007
  • eVAT Law was implemented under her term
  • currently on the 200-peso bill

15. Benigno Aquino III, 2010-present

Benigno Aquino III joined the House of Representatives and the Senate before his presidency. He is the first president who is a bachelor; he is unmarried and has no children.

Contributions and Achievements:

  • created the no "wang-wang" (street siren) policy
  • appointed statesman Jesse Robredo to serve as secretary of Interior and Local Government in 2010, where Robredo served until his death in 2012
  • initiated K-12 education in the Philippines
  • renamed the Office of the Press Secretary to Presidential Communications Operations Office and appointed new officers
  • suspended allowances and bonuses to Government Owed and Controlled Corporation and Government Financial Institution board members
  • oversaw 7.1% growth of the Philippine economy in 2012

A Final Note

In my opinion, the Philippine economy was stronger when Filipinos believed in and trusted their leaders. Many ex-presidents were lawyers or professors and citizens found them to be trustworthy. Those presidents were able to keep the economy strong even in the midst of financial crisis in the rest of the world.

The Philippine economy began to suffer when people lost trust in their leaders and began to rally. Here is what I think: We need great leaders, but what we really need right now are great followers. Bring back the Filipinos who used to respect and honor their commander-in-chief in spite of bad publicity. Bring back the good vibes. When the people feel positive, the stock market and the peso rise, investors become interested, jobs open up, and Filipinos are happy.


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      Ryza 3 weeks ago

      not in the list si duterte?

      Because its my project.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 6 weeks ago from Philippines

      Why are most of the commenters in this thread using pseudonyms? It is unfair, you don't know if one person has 20 personalities that are all being used in this comments thread.

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      Jo 2 months ago

      Marcos also built

      -108 state universties and colleges

      -37 highschools - prmoting skilled workers

      -20 Power Plants including Bataan Power Plant

      - several roads, bridges and highways including San Juanice Bridge- total of 11,478 kilometers

      - 230, 000 thousand housing units

      -Philippine heart Center, Lung Center, Kidney Center, Philippine Orthoepdic Center, Folk Arts theater, PICC, Nayong Pilipino, NAIA Terminal 1, LRT, NLEX-SLEX

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      Richard Escobido 3 months ago

      I voted for GMA. She is brilliant and an economist. She is not into popularity. She was a working President in her times.

      Nevertheless, I have high regards to all our Presidents!

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      Bobby A. 4 months ago

      Declaration of martial law in the Philippines during Marcos administration was not the first one. Just saying. :)

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 7 months ago from Philippines

      Heart center, Kidney, Lung, Children's hospital, PGH, PICC, BLISS, Kadiwa, Metro Aide.This is what Marcos did in 20 years. That's kinda slim for 20 years.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 7 months ago from Philippines

      It is very interesting reading this article, and highly informative. I also think it is in general, quite objective. However, I just want to point out, you said "Marcos built more schools, roads, bridges, hospitals, and other infrastructure than all former presidents combined". He also had 20 years in power to do that, far more time that other presidents who were in power for four years and later, six years (except GMA who had 9 years).

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      zey 8 months ago

      I'm wondering if Some information were intentionally not listed or not enough knowledge

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      Eio 8 months ago

      I'm the great grandson of elpidio Quirino... I am just putting it out there, Marcos made our country very corrupt and I definitely think there are so much more better presidents than him. I mean he was the most corrupt president ever. I'm not saying my lolo is the best but (I'm sure y'all know) he is definitely better than Marcos.

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      loloy 8 months ago

      love it all good gob.

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      JUNRIEL J. 10 months ago

      Ferdinand Marcos have 48% vote because he is a good leader, a true leader who help his countrymen. and I heat the words

      "his dictatorship was known for its corruption and brutality."!!!

      I love Ferdinand Edralin Marcos administration.

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      Gonzales, Christian Dave 11 months ago

      He is the one that idolized President even though there is so many against to him ... But honestly my Great GrandMother told me everything why he declared martial law that's why i voted him

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      kri 11 months ago

      i voted for manuel l quezon i do not like ferdinand marcos because he ordered to kill ninoy aquino and to close abs cbn

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      Mario 11 months ago

      Intersting and informative however, it perhaps a more robust or thorough research can be made to list down notable or significant contributions and achievements of each President. This is just my opinion, I am no expert, but I still commend how well this was written and published.

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      Dhudz 12 months ago

      nice idea ^_^

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      john 12 months ago

      Im glad that Philippines experienced the presidency ruling of Ferdinand Marcos even the big critics he encountered during his term. Because of him great projects he had made in which we are still using today. thanks to you President Ferdinand Marcos , your the best president i known.

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      mathew 12 months ago

      there is no rodrigo duterte?

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      Niño 13 months ago

      The Greatest President no doubt is Ferdinand Marcos

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      ferwyn 13 months ago

      the best pres. marcos and the duterte philippines need to lead our country b'cos crime and drugs iron fist of our Leader fear of people of our leader become a mush better country

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      ken 13 months ago

      duterte is the only president that have many contribution in his first 100 days than the other presidents for me duterte must re-elect after his term. he is the best . #duterte #bestpresident

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      jimcool 14 months ago

      Marcos is the best! Rock n roll! :-D

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      Cranky 14 months ago

      Yeah Marcos all the way! I hope Duterte can bring back the way Marcos disciplined his countrymen.

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      gerlene 14 months ago

      Duterte is best president ever

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      Writey 15 months ago

      Ok, so i just compared the list of achievement of FEM and CA, FEM's medals and honors wasn't listed plus the achievements listed on FEM's is lacking.

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      pmaing24 15 months ago

      Thank you so much for making this page im so happy for the author :) It helped me get so much information just perfect for our project. Once again thank you :)

      #ImHappyToBeAFilipino

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      jessica 16 months ago

      thank you.

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      rhen 16 months ago

      thank you for the info :) i've learned a lot.

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      rhen 16 months ago

      thank you for the info

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      Marcos Pa rin 16 months ago

      your biased esp with FM.what did cory do?

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      Patricia 16 months ago

      President Marcos was the best.

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      April Joy... 20 months ago

      Hello.. Dear.. I mean the one upload this article.. I love this.. And thank you because I will be able now to pass my assignment...

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      owen28000xd 21 months ago

      Thank you for making this. It helped me in my super hard project. But it needs more improvement. I can suggest that you make this a sticky page where people can see this website. But thanks by the way!!!!!!!

      #impressed

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      Pedro Barucbuc Mencias 21 months ago

      Sa dinami-dami ng nag-komento, aywan ko kung may nakapansin na MALI yong DATE na nakalagay sa term of office ni ex President F. Marcos! Di ba dapat 1965 to 1986 hindi 1965 to 1886!?

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      Aarrgg 21 months ago

      Is renaming the office of the Press Secretary an achievement?

      Wow!!! He has a really low standards for achievement.

      Maybe we should add that he finish elementary school an achievement too!!!

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      JaneF 21 months ago

      " built more schools, roads, bridges, hospitals, and other infrastructure than all former presidents combined" One of Marcos' accomplishments? Seriously? He has stayed in power for 21 years so duh this is logical. But don't forget that he literally crippled our country by not building transportation infrastructure that will connect our islands like TRAINS! On their last few years of power, building the LRT was one of their last ditch efforts to save his regime. But yah the power of the people prevailed.

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      hannah 22 months ago

      Thanks for this site!! Pr))oblem solve :)----

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      anon101 23 months ago

      the "a final note" though.

      i think the same wat.

      btw, thanks

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      jean gal 23 months ago

      Ferdinand AMrcos is still the best president

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      redcocinelle@yahoo.com 2 years ago

      Hello Guys, take your time to study about The Philippines history and its political history, lets us not point fingers, to lead is an enormous task, and no perfect leader other than God, even Moses whom God used mightily at some point failed God so he was not allowed to enter the Promise Land! But think about this I mean each one of us, what can we contribute to our Bansang Sinilangan, startin you community where you live, think about that! Let us learn to forget and give back! God bless you all! By the way I prefer Pres. Marcos8

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      Henryv 2 years ago

      So funny that for Marcos, HE regressed from 1965 to 1886? By the way, I think that is right, he is still FRESH after all these years, thanks for Tupperware, HE is still sealed 100%. Must be a typo, but he is a typo himself, but if not for him my mom would not have allowed me to go medical school in Manila. Great comments everyone.

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      kkk 2 years ago

      Marcos is the Best President

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      jade luzorata 2 years ago

      ferdinand marcos"

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      Juan Sipag 2 years ago

      Aquino is the worst president of all time

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      Mac 2 years ago

      Why did Marcos got almost half of the 4500 people who voted for their favourite president even if he is known for corruption and brutality?

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      BatoDos 2 years ago

      Here is an excerpt from Lee Quan Yew on what he had to say about Marcos and the Filipino people.....

      "There was no reason why the Philippines should not have been one of the more successful of the ASEAN countries. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was the most developed, because America had been generous in rehabilitating the country after the war. Something was missing, a gel to hold society together. The people at the top, the elite mestizos, had the same detached attitude to the native peasants as the mestizos in their haciendas in Latin America had toward their peons. They were two different societies: Those at the top lived a life of extreme luxury and comfort while the peasants scraped a living, and in the Philippines it was a hard living… They had many children because the church discouraged birth control. The result was increasing poverty.

      Something had gone seriously wrong. Millions of Filipino men and women had to leave their country for jobs abroad beneath their level of education. Filipino professionals… are as good as our own. Indeed, their architects, artists, and musicians are more artistic and creative than ours… The difference lies in the culture of the Filipino people. It is a soft, forgiving culture. Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial. Insignificant amounts of the loot have been recovered, yet his wife and children were allowed to return and engage in politics."

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      Eevo Crisóstomo 2 years ago

      Wow. Complete information about their contribution. Very helpful sa mga students. And to those people na hindi pa ganun kalawak ang kaalaman. Kudos!

      I voted Ferdinand Marcos as my favourite.

      1. Ferdinand Marcos

      2. Ramon Magsaysay

      3. Manuel Quezon

      4. Carlos Garcia

      5. Manuel Roxas

      6. Gloria Arroyo / Corazon Aquino

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      ashanasreen29 2 years ago

      to all presidents thank s for alll

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      twentyfive 2 years ago

      reference only

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      potato marble 2 years ago

      can I use this for my project making? for reference only.

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      Nyc C. 2 years ago

      Marcos was the best president in my own opinion. It was under his term when the Philippine Economy was the best in Asia. In his term, one dollar was equal to one peso.

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      edenson 2 years ago

      guys, can you explain me why Marcos has the highest vote????

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      E,boyz 2 years ago

      marcos is the best than other president of the philippines

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      marlopez 2 years ago

      MARCOS is the BEST!

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      Roselito Jangjang 2 years ago

      To me, the top 5 presidents of the Philippines were

      1. R. Magsaysay

      2. C. Aquino

      3. M. Quezon

      4. M. Roxas

      5. F. Ramos

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      sm 2 years ago

      vote for President Ferdinand E. Marcos

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      Vg 2 years ago

      I vote president Emilio aguinaldo

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      Vg 2 years ago

      Love all president

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      Juan Mallanao 2 years ago

      I vote for the greatest, President Ferdinand E. Marcos...

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      zoe paghubasan 2 years ago

      I love learning so much

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      martina zoe paghubasan 2 years ago

      I love my home my life and president on philipines kumusta means how are you

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      IHate 2 years ago

      Pinoy.

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      jessie 3 years ago

      can you please put their issues during their term??

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      reggie 3 years ago

      Marcos parin!

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      twentyfive 3 years ago

      My pleasure. She is at the back of the 200 peso bill..taking an oath

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      liza 3 years ago

      ...thank you for this summary..this helps my project and gave me information about our past presidents...but im just a little confused why you said that gloria is currently in the 200 peso bill which is not true..

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      sheila 3 years ago

      this is a good summary, thank you!!

      but, it seems that there is one error here. you said that gma is seen in our 200peso bill, even if it is her father.

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      1004 3 years ago

      FERDINAND MARCOS was the best president of the PHILIPPINES!!! :D

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      Louinne 3 years ago

      Thanks for the info.

      Leading a country is a big step of faith on God. P-noy is doing his best and I appreciate it. Than nothing at all.

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      twentyfive 3 years ago

      That is interesting

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      benjo 3 years ago

      what is the truth behind the death of jesse robredo, was he killed just like ninoy's case or it was an accident...i think he was a threat to pnoys position as a president, jesse is the best candidate for president instead of mar roxas

      nways this site is good!

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      Jing 3 years ago

      thank u for the info. God Bless

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      spartans 3 years ago

      president marcos is the best president we have in the philippines... dahil ang kalaban lang natin noon ay ang mga GANID sa LIPUNAN ngayon pati kalapit BANSA natin gusto na nila tayong AGAWIN dahil walang PAGKAKAISA ang mga NAMAMAHALA sa BANSA natin... 'happy holiday's'

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      JT 3 years ago

      No Doubt BEST President in Philippine History was Marcos! the list of his achievements here is short though. The whole world has high respect to our country back then. I just hope, our deped will correct our history books now, they are still biased. If you wanna see achievements of the late Pres Marcos, you guys may check this out https://www.facebook.com/SpyderFriends?hc_location...

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      Voted up and interesting. I didn't know about many of these.

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      twentyfive 3 years ago

      I can't help but agree :) I love GMA

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      winwin 3 years ago

      thanks for this info... i can do my project now. :)

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      akatssuki 3 years ago

      nc site for my proj. :)

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      she 3 years ago

      Informative but the achievements & contributions part are quite lacking and some of them are not even considered as contributions but merely personal awards/distinctions. I was kinda hoping the achievements would talk about the policies, laws, programs, visions they made for the country during their terms.

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      halley 3 years ago

      good thing this article was

      here

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      Giselle Mejorada 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot for this page :)

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      Ryan Villacurza 4 years ago

      This article is really help to recognize the achievements of each president during their administration... amazing. thanks for this page of information

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      Amazing how powerful the media was and still is. People loved Marcos so much but the media said otherwise. I read from Wiki Marcos mastered his speeches even without copies

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      progess 4 years ago

      (want to change my name) it surprises me when i vote Ferdinand Marcos before looking at the results. and when i opened it, i said WOW !! a lot of people wants him. therefore, many people do believe as i do that having a dictatorial government is a great way to discipline people most especially the Filipinos. im not saying democratic is not good but as i, a Filipino citizen, knows how to many of us abuse this kind freedom that even the respect in ourselves and our country was now lost. we all need to have a great change to have a discipline.

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      jean karmela 4 years ago

      i think its Ferdinand Marcos thanks for his martial law at tumino ang ibang pilipino and the bad guys.

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      cass 4 years ago

      thanks for the information and more power XD

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      eden embate 4 years ago

      President Ferdinand Marcos is the best and if not for martial law , cguro lahat ay sira ulo At least our time i was only grade six but up to now I really known Pres. Marcos a disciplinarian pres. ever had the Philippines! I love Pres. F.E.E.MARCOS

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      Exterminant 4 years ago

      im VOTING FOR PNOY AQUINO b'coz when he was talking there is an Action.. we may pay attention to him and support him first b4 we judge.. i am seeing i better future of the ph.. we need to LOVE our country and LOVE and TRUST first of each OTHER for a better future of ph.. thanks for this page :)

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      genny rose.. :) almodovar.. 4 years ago

      my favorite Presedent is Corazon Aquino

      "For me corazon is a better presedent in the Philipines"....

      #LIKE

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      Kristel 4 years ago

      Thank you

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      It is amazing that Marcos is remembered so fondly in retrospect. When I was in the Philippines in the mid 80s there was not a lot of love for him. Nice hub!

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      Where are you from? Aren't you from London? Can you send my hugs and kisses to my beautiful lady there? :)

      Mwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

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      Cathy Nerujen 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      There are some amazing people in the history of the Philippines. They are a great people. And I am so proud to know a wonderful lady from this sweet country. I love her so much... :)

      Mwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah :)

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      Thank you :) Yeah it's a pleasure to make a hub about the Philippine Presidents. Which is your favorite?

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      Kenneth C Agudo 4 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      I am glad that this was written here on hubpages. I am a Filipino and it makes me proud!

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      tbs 13 4 years ago

      Thank u

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      Nothing in the moment. That subject is so interesting. I hope a tv show would make something like that. :)

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      BudOy 4 years ago

      May article ka din bang controversial issues of each president? May school reporting kasi kame sa school. Heha sana ma tulungan nyo po ako.

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      @Paul wow good luck on that exciting game! :)

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      johnray 4 years ago

      thanks this one big help for students like me...

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      Paul Bisquera 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Outstanding twenty five. I'm sure these Philippine Presidents will appear as a question on Jeopardy and I'll be ready! Thanks for the info!