VICE-PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL - ARROYO

Vice-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is an economist, educator, journalist and public servant. She is the daughter of the late president Diosdado Macapagal, the poor boy from Lubao, Pamapnga who became president, is remebered for his integrity, and during whose term the Philippines was second only to Japan in Economic dynamism in the Asia-Pacific. She was elected Senator of the Republic in her first entry into politics in1992, and in 1995 garnered the biggest number of votes in Philippine Electoral History. She surpassed another record in the last elections when she won Vice-President by the largest margin attained for any position in Philippine History.

She consistently upheld not only the moral ideals, but also the high academic standards of her parents, the late President Macapagal and Dr. Evangelina Macares-Macapagal. She graduated valedictorian from Assumption Convent High School; was a consisten honor student at Georgetown University, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Assumption College; acquired Master's Degree in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University; and acquired Doctorate in Economis from the Universtiy of the Philippines.

An undersecretary of Trade and Industry before her Senate stint, Gloria authored 55 socio-economic laws. She was named Oustanding Senator several time, included by Asiaweek in a select list of Asia's Most Powerful Women, and was selected Woman of the Year by the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines.

She has also been designated a Secretary of Social Welfare and Development by Pres. Joseph E. Estrada.

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