Biography of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
By Radiyah Shakur
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo became the 14th president of the Philippines on 20 January 2001. She is the daughter of the late President Diosdado Macapagal who served as a reform president from 1961 to 1965.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, born on 5 April 1947, was valedictorian of her high school class at Assumption Convent. She attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC and was a classmate of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and later earned a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of the Philippines.
Macapagal-Arroyo was elected as Senator during her first try in politics in 1992, and re-elected in 1995 with nearly 16 million votes, the highest number of votes in Philippine history. During her tenure in the Senate, she authored 55 laws on economic and social reform and was named outstanding Senator several times. In 1998 she was elected Vice President of the Philippines with almost 13 million votes, the largest mandate in the history of Presidential or Vice Presidential elections. After the Supreme Court unanimously declared the position of President vacant, Gloria was sworn in as the 14th President of the Philippines on January 20, 2001, only the second woman to be voted president by her country.
President Macapagal-Arroyo is married to lawyer-businessman Jose Miguel Tuason Arroyo. They have three children, Mikey, Luli, and Dato.