Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

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14th President of the Republic of the Philippines

[ 2001 – 2010 ]

– President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
July 2004

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has roots in both Lubao, Pampanga and Iligan City, Iligan. She is the daughter of former President Diosdado P. Macapagal. PGMA, as she is fondly referred to, was born during Sabado de Gloria or Holy Saturday—the glorious eve of the resurrection—as observed in the Roman Catholic calendar. She was named Maria Gloria Macaraeg Macapagal, in commemoration of this.

She loved reading novels; “Little Women” and “Little Men” are known to be her childhood favorites. As she grew up, she took an interest in the work Ernest Hemingway. The former president is also a lover of music, and even took up piano lessons at Philippine Women’s University. She loves listening to The Beatles, Ricky Nelson and Neil Sedaka. She is fluent in English, Tagalog, Spanish and several Philippine dialects, most importantly, Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Cebuano.

As a student, favorite subject was Geography—an interest that would shape her destiny as President of the Philippines—for her mastery of “Bisaya” afforded her to connect with the main islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. This explains the dominantly blue room, which represents the oceans that surround our archipelagic nation. As an ardent diver, the former president was a staunch environmentalist who championed local tourism. The complementary tones in the accent wallpaper depicts abundant flora and fauna for balance, while the room is adorned with furniture from the best craftsmen in Pampanga.

In 2005, she was voted as the most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine. Through years of service, she would become the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives, the first female Vice-President and the second longest-serving Philippine President.

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February 2024

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