Hon. Manuel Ortega is the Governor of the province of La Union, Philippines ( 2007 - Present) and the former Representative of the 1st District of the same province.
Hon. Manuel Ortega came from a clan of politicians. He was the brother of the last governor of La Union, Victor F. Ortega and his two sons were also in the electoral race in the May 2007 elections: Councilor Francisco “Pacoy” Ortega III who was tapped as one of the five nominees of the Abono party-list group, and Alfred who is seeking a city council seat in their district. He was married to Geraldine Ramos.
Hon. Manuel C. Ortega was born on August 7, 1945 in Bauang, La Union. He went to Christ the King College in elementary and San Sebastian College Recoletos de Manila in high school. In 1967, he earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce at the University of Santo Tomas. He obtained Masteral Studies in National Security Administration in 1976 at the National Defense College of the Philippines.
In 1968, he became a Security Officer of Sheraton Philippines Hotel which qualified him to preside the General Agency for Reconaissance, Detection and Security Inc. in 1971.
The Hotel Enterprises of the Philippines Inc. acquired him as the Private secretary to the chairman from 1968 to 1974 and at the same time as Confidential secretary to the chairman of the Philippine Commercial and Industrial Bank.
He stepped up the ladder as the Vice-president of Pacwood Inc., when he became the Technical Assistant to the chairman in 1977. The same year he also became a faculty member of the UST College of Commerce.
Manuel Ortega first became a politician in 1988 when he was elected as mayor of the City of San Fernando. After the ten-year term as a mayor he ran and won as the Representative of the 1st district of La Union. In May 2007 elections, he replaced his brother, Victor F. Ortega, as the governor of La Union.