First Lady of the Philippines

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First Lady of the Philippines is the unofficial title of the hostess of the Malacañang Palace. Because this position is traditionally filled by the wife of the President of the Philippines, the title is sometimes taken to apply only to the wife of a sitting president. Some famous former First Ladies include Imelda Marcos, Luz Magsaysay, Aurora Quezon, Evangelina Macapagal, and Luisa Estrada.

Role of the First Lady

The First Lady is not an elected position.  She carries no official duties and earns no salary. Nonetheless, she attends many official ceremonies and functions of state either along with or in place of the president. The First Lady also frequently participates in humanitarian and charitable work. Furthermore, many have taken an active role in presidential campaigns. Imelda Marcos, under the administration of her husband Ferdinand Marcos, was given a formal job as Governor of Metro Manila and as Minister of Human Settlements during their 21-year stay in the palace. She was also the first First Lady to enter the world of Philippine politics by winning a seat in the Interim Batasang Pambansa in 1978.  In 2001, Luisa Estrada became the first First Lady to win a seat in the Senate.

The wife of the Vice President of the Philippines is sometimes referred to as the Second Lady; however, this title is less common.

The husband of a female president is known as the "First Gentleman".

First Ladies/Gentlemen of the Philippines

First Lady/Gentleman Relation to President From To
Hilaria del Rosario Aguinaldo wife of Emilio Aguinaldo January 23, 1899 April 1, 1901
Aurora Aragon Quezon wife of Manuel L. Quezon November 15, 1935 August 1, 1944
Pacencia Hidalgo Laurel wife of Jose P. Laurel October 14, 1943 August 14, 1945
Esperanza Limjap Osmeña wife of Sergio Osmeña August 1, 1944 May 28, 1946
Trinidad de Leon Roxas wife of Manuel Roxas May 28, 1946 April 15, 1948
Victoria Syquia Quirino daughter of Elpidio Quirino April 17, 1948 December 30, 1953
Luz Banzon Magsaysay wife of Ramon Magsaysay December 30, 1953 March 17, 1957
Leonila Dimataga Garcia wife of Carlos P. Garcia March 23, 1957 December 30, 1961
Evangelina Macaraeg Macapagal wife of Diosdado Macapagal December 30, 1961 December 30, 1965
Imelda Romualdez Marcos wife of Ferdinand Marcos December 30, 1965 February 25, 1986
Benigno Simeon Aquino, Jr. husband of Corazon C. Aquino (did not officially serve)
Amelita Martinez Ramos wife of Fidel V. Ramos June 30, 1992 June 30, 1998
Luisa Pimentel Ejercito Estrada wife of Joseph Estrada June 30, 1998 January 20, 2001
Jose Miguel Tuason Arroyo husband of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo January 20, 2001 June 30, 2010
none Benigno Aquino III June 30, 2010 June 30, 2016
none Rodrigo Duterte June 30, 2016


  • Pacencia Laurel served as First Lady under the Japanese-sponsored Second Republic (1943-1945).
  • Victoria Quirino served as hostess and consort to her father, Elpidio Quirino, who was a widower at the time of his presidency (1948-1953).
  • Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino was assassinated in 1983 even before his wife served as president.


First Ladies of the Philippines