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In the light of the upcoming Elections this May 2013, I'm posting the background profiles of the 33 senatorial candidates. Please, I beg you; vote wisely.

Senatorial Candidate No. 19
Loren Legarda
Full Name:
Lorna Regina Bautista “Loren” Legarda

Sex:
Female

Age:
53

Town / City Registered:
Malabon

Birthplace:
Malabon

Coalition:
  • Team PNoy (guest)
  •  UNA (guest)

Political Party:
  • Makabayan (guest)
  • NPC (2007 to present)
  • Lakas-CMD (1998-2003)
  • KNP (2004)
Professional / Political Experience:
  • Senator of the Philippines (2007-2013)
  • Journalist
  • Former Commercial Model and DJ
  • Former Reporter (RPN 9 & ABS-CBN)
Education:
  • Assumption College (elementary to high school, valedictorian)
  • UP (cum laude)
Achievements and Distinctions:
  • Vice Presidential candidate with Fernando Poe, Jr. but lost in the 2004 elections. Ran again  together with Manny Villar in 2010 but lost.
  • Received more than 30 major awards as a reporter (1985-1998)
  • Member, Phil. Delegation, 2009 Copenhagen Summit
  • Ten Outstanding Young Men and Women Awardee
  • Chosen as "United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Asia Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation" (2008)
  •  “Global Leaders for Tomorrow”, World Economic Forum (2000)
  • United Nations Environmental Program Awardee
  • Participated in the Forum on the Human Impact of Climate Change in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Luntiang Pilipinas Foundation






In the light of the upcoming Elections this May 2013, I'm posting the background profiles of the 33 senatorial candidates. Please, I beg you; vote wisely.

Senatorial Candidate No. 20

Marwil Llasos
Full Name:
Marwil Nacur Llasos

Sex:
Male

Age:
37

Town / City Registered:
Daraga, Albay

Birthplace:
Daraga, Albay

Coalition:
n/a

Political Party:
Ang Kapatiran

Professional / Political Experience:
  • Sangguniang Kabataan chairman of Tagas, Daraga, Albay (1995-1996)
  • Lawyer
  • Lecturer, Institute of Government and Law Reform, Law Center, UP (2005 to present)
  • Instructor, The Manila Times Institute for Paralegal Studies (2006 to present)


Education:
  • National Academy for Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), India (Post-graduate Diploma in International Humanitarian Law, 2005)
  • UP (Law, 2003)
  • Bicol University Graduate School (MA Public Administration)
  • Bicol University (BA Political Science, cum laude,1996)


Achievements and Distinctions:
  • His father, Wilson Llasos, is a witness in the Agrava Fact-finding Board which investigated Ninoy Aquino’s murder in 1983
  • Youth Ambassador of Goodwill, 21st SSEAYP
  • University Researcher I, Institute of International Legal Studies, UP (August 2003 to June 2005)
  • Awardee, Outstanding Academic Performance (1999-2000)
  • Outstanding Student of Bicol University (1996)
  • Board of Directors member, Graduate School Student Board (1997-1998)







In the light of the upcoming Elections this May 2013, I'm posting the background profiles of the 33 senatorial candidates. Please, I beg you; vote wisely.

Senatorial Candidate No. 21
Ernesto Maceda
Full Name:
Ernesto “Manong Ernie” Madarang Maceda

Sex:
Male

Age:
77

Town / City Registered:
Manila

Birthplace:
Pagsanjan, Laguna

Coalition:
UNA

Political Party:
  • UNA
  • PMP
  • NPC
  • Nacionalista

Professional / Political Experience:
  • Senator of the Philippines (1971-1972, 1987-1998)
  • Lawyer
  • Law Professor, PLM
  • Columnist, Philippine Star
  • Radio talkshow host, DZRJ
  • Councilor of Manila (1959-1966)

Education:
  • AdMU (Associate in Arts, magna cum laude, 1952)
  • AdMU (Law, cum laude, 1956)
  • Harvard Law School (Master of Laws, Taxation and Int’l Law, 1957)

Achievements and Distinctions:
  • Only Filipino to have held 5 Cabinet Positions in his lifetime.
  • Former Senate President (1996)
  •  “Outstanding Councilor of Manila” (1959)
  • Secretary, Community Development
  • Appointed Phil. Ambassador to the US (1998-2001) 



 


In the light of the upcoming Elections this May 2013, I'm posting the background profiles of the 33 senatorial candidates. Please, I beg you; vote wisely.

Senatorial Candidate No. 22
Jamby Madrigal
Full Name:
Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Abad Santos Madrigal

Sex:
Female

Age:
54

Town / City Registered:
Quezon City

Birthplace:
Manila

Coalition:
Team PNoy

Political Party:
  • Liberal Party (2012 to present)
  • Independent (2009–2012)
  • PDP-Laban (2007–2009)
  • LDP (2001–2007)


Professional / Political Experience:
Senator of the Philippines (2004-2010)

Education:
  • Sta. Clara University, California (Economics and French)
  • Yale University (International and Developmental Economics)
  • Cambridge University (Trade and Shipping special course)


Achievements and Distinctions:
  • President candidate in the 2010 elections but lost
  • Granddaughter of former Supreme Court CJ Jose Abad Santos
  • Founder, Books-for-the-Barangay Foundation Inc.
  • Head, Office of the Presidential Adviser for Children’s Affairs (1999)
  • Spokesperson, Kontra Pulitika Movement (KPM) (2003)
  • Organizer, First National Summit for Children
  • Former Chairperson of four Senate Committees: on Environment, on Youth, Women and Family Relations, on Peace, Unification and Reconciliation, and on Cultural Communities
  • Reserve officer, Lt. Jr. Grade, Philippine Navy




 



In the light of the upcoming Elections this May 2013, I'm posting the background profiles of the 33 senatorial candidates. Please, I beg you; vote wisely.

Senatorial Candidate No. 23
Mitos Magsaysay
Full Name:
Ma. Milagros Esperanza "Mitos" Habana-Magsaysay

Sex:
Female

Age:
48

Town / City Registered:
Olongapo

Birthplace:
Castillejos, Zambales

Coalition:
UNA

Political Party:
  • UNA
  • LAKAS-CMD


Professional / Political Experience:
Representative from Zambales' First District (2005-2013)

Education:
UP (BS Business Administration)

Achievements and Distinctions:
  • Married to the son of former Zambales Gov. Vicente Magsaysay
  • Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives for 3 terms
  • Spoke and campaigned against RH Bill
  • 5-time Outstanding Congressman since 2005 





In the light of the upcoming Elections this May 2013, I'm posting the background profiles of the 33 senatorial candidates. Please, I beg you; vote wisely.

Senatorial Candidate No. 24
Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.
Full Name:
Ramon Banzon Magsaysay, Jr.

Sex:
Male

Age:
74

Town / City Registered:
Muntinlupa

Birthplace:
Muntinlupa

Coalition:
Team PNoy

Political Party:
Liberal (1965-1969, 2012-present), Lakas CMD (1995-2005), People’s Reform Party (1992)

Professional / Political Experience:
  • Businessman
  • Engineer Trainee, Procter and Gamble Phils. (1960)
  • Supervising Engineer for Operations, Caltex Phils. (1961-1962)
  • Representative from Zambales' Lone District (1965-1969)
  • Senator of the Phils. (1995-2007)

Education:
  • De La Salle College (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Harvard School of Business Administration (Post-graduate studies, 1962)
  • New York University Graduate School of Business Administration (1963)

Achievements and Distinctions:
  • Son of the late President Ramon Magsaysay
  • Vice Presidential candidate under the banner of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago in 1992 elections but lost
  • Helped pioneer the cable television business in the Philippines
  • Business columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer (1988-1990)
  • Company Pres., Colorview CATV Inc. (1972-1995)
  • Company Pres., Cable Communications Inc.(1989-1995)
  • Reserve officer, Lt. Jr. Grade, Philippine Navy





In the light of the upcoming Elections this May 2013, I'm posting the background profiles of the 33 senatorial candidates. Please, I beg you; vote wisely.

Senatorial Candidate No. 25

Ramon Montaño
Full Name:
Ramon “Mon” Enriquez Montaño

Sex:
Male

Age:
75

Town / City Registered:
San Jose

Birthplace:
Cebu

Coalition:
n/a

Political Party:
Independent

Professional / Political Experience:
Major General (Retired)

Education:
PMA (Bachelor of Science)

Achievements and Distinctions:
Chief of the Philippine Constabulary-Integrated National Police during the Cory Aquino administration



 


In the light of the upcoming Elections this May 2013, I'm posting the background profiles of the 33 senatorial candidates. I beg you to please vote wisely.

Senatorial Candidate No. 26
Ricardo Penson
Full Name:
Ricardo Lagdameo Penson

Sex:
Male

Age:
60

Town / City Registered:
Pasig City

Birthplace:
Caloocan

Coalition:
n/a

Political Party:
Independent

Professional / Political Experience:
  • Business Executive
  • Social Activist

Education:
  • San Beda College (BSBA Marketing)
  • University of Cincinnati (BBA Marketing Management)
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MDP, Management)

Achievements and Distinctions:
  • Formerly married to actress Dina Bonnevie in 1996
  • CEO, Ausphil Tollways Corporation
  • Launched “Krusada Kontra Dynasty Movement”


  
 

In the light of the upcoming Elections this May 2013, I'm posting the background profiles of the 33 senatorial candidates. I beg you, please vote wisely.

Senatorial Candidate No. 27

Koko Pimentel
Full Name:
Aquilino Martin “Koko” de la Llana Pimentel III

Sex:
Male

Age:
49

Town / City Registered:
Cagayan de Oro City

Birthplace:
Cagayan de Oro City

Coalition:
Team PNoy

Political Party:
Makabayan (guest)
PDP-Laban

Professional / Political Experience:
  • Senator of the Philippines (2011-2013)
  • Professorial lecturer (DLSU-FEU)
Education:
  • UP (Law, 1990)
  • AdMU (BS Mathematics)
Achievements and Distinctions:
  • Son of former Senator Nene Pimentel
  • 1st Place, 1990 Bar Exams
  • Mindanao Commissioner, National Youth Commission (1995-1996)




 

In the light of the upcoming Elections this May 2013, I'm posting the background profiles of the 33 senatorial candidates. Please vote wisely.

Senatorial Candidate No. 28
Grace Poe
Full Name:
Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares

Sex:
Female

Age:
44

Town / City Registered:
San Juan

Birthplace:
n/a

Coalition:
  • Team PNoy (guest)
  • UNA (guest)
  • Makabayan (guest)

Political Party:
Independent

Professional / Political Experience:
No available information

Education:
  • Assumption College
  • UP Manila (BA Development Studies)
  • Boston College (BA Political Science, 1991)

Achievements and Distinctions:
  • Adopted daughter of Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces
  • Former  MTRCB Chairwoman (2010-2012)
  • Chairperson, College Freshman Assembly (1986-1987)
  • Co-founder, Filipino Cultural Club of Boston College





In the light of the upcoming Elections this May 2013, I'm posting the background profiles of the 33 senatorial candidates. Please vote wisely.

Senatorial Candidate No. 29
Christian Señeres
Full Name:
Christian Maaño Señeres

Sex:
Male

Age:
36

Town / City Registered:
Las Piñas

Birthplace:
Makati City

Coalition:
n/a

Political Party:
  • Democratic Party of the Philippines (2012 to present)
  • BUHAY Partylist (2003-2007)

Professional / Political Experience:
  • Representative of BUHAY Partylist (2003-2007)
  • Lawyer
  • NGO worker

Education:
  • St. Joseph’s School, United Arab Emirates (elementary)
  • South Lakes High School (high school, 1994)
  • Northwestern University School of Law, USA (Juris Doctor)
  • Southeastern University (BS Financial Management, magna cum laude, 1998)

Achievements and Distinctions:
  • Who's Who in the Philippines 2012: Outstanding Achiever for Civic and Humanitarian Service, National Consumer Affairs Foundation
  • Member, International Institute of Certified Financial Planners
  • President & Organizer, National Leadership Council, Inc.
  • Board of Advisors member, Phil. National Prayer Breakfast Foundation
  • Conferred with Blessed Pedro Calungsod Pro-Vita Medal (2004)



In the light of the upcoming Elections this May 2013, I'm posting the background profiles of the 33 senatorial candidates. Please vote wisely.

Senatorial Candidate No. 30

Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes
Full Name:
Antonio “Sonny” Fuentes Trillanes IV

Sex:
Male

Age:
41

Town / City Registered:
Caloocan

Birthplace:
Manila

Coalition:
Team PNoy

Political Party:
  • Nacionalista Party (2012 to present)
  • Independent (2007–2012)
  • United Opposition (2007) 
Professional / Political Experience:
  • Senator (since 2007)
  • Former Navy Lieutenant Senior Grade, Philippine Navy (1991-2007)
Education:
  • Angelicum School (high school)
  • DLSU (BS Electronics & Communications Engineering, until 3rd Year only)
  • PMA (cum laude, 1995)
  • UP - NCPAG (Masters in Public Administration, 2002)

Achievements and Distinctions:
Led the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny as a protest for alleged rampant corruption in the Arroyo government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.