Ferdinand Marcos - Former President of the Philippines, Family and Facts

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Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Senior was a Filipino politician who served as the president of the country for twenty one years

InformationDetail
BirthdaySeptember 11, 1917
Died onSeptember 28, 1989
NationalityFilipinos
FamousFormer President of the Philippines, Leaders, Political Leaders, Presidents, Prime Ministers
SpousesImelda Marcos
SiblingsElizabeth Marcos-Keon, Fortuna Marcos-Barba, Pacifico Marcos
Known asFerdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr.
Childrens Aimee Marcos, Bongbong Marcos, Imee Marcos, Irene Marcos-Araneta
Universities
  • University of the Philippines College of Law
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Kilusang Bagong Lipunan
  • Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • Light Rail Transit Authority
Birth PlaceSarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippine Islands
ReligionCatholicism, Philippine Independent Church
Height170cm
GenderMale
FatherMariano Marcos
MotherJosefa Edralin
Sun SignVirgo
Born inSarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippine Islands
Famous asFormer President of the Philippines
Died at Age72

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Who is Ferdinand Marcos?

Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Senior was a Filipino politician who went on to serve as the president of the country for twenty one years. Marcos’ father was lawyer and politician in his own right and he followed in his father’s footsteps both in terms of his choice of education as well as career choice. Marcos had a brush with the law early on in his life when he was accused of being involved in the murder of one of his father’s political opponents but he managed to defend himself and was acquitted. He served in the army during the Second World War and used that stint as campaigning tools at the time of his first presidential campaign. Marcos served as the president for two terms and during his second term he imposed martial law in the country in order to quell the threats posed by protesting groups and after lifting martial law, he won the presidential elections for the third time.

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Childhood & Early Life

Ferdinand Edralin Marcos was born to Mariano Marcos and his wife Josefa Edralin in Sarrat, IlocosNorte, Philippines on 11 September 1917. Marcos’ father was a qualified lawyer and also one of the leading politicians in Philippines.

Marcos studied at some of the best schools in the capital of Philippines in Manila but the names of the schools are unknown. Later on, he went on to study law, like his father, at the University of the Philippines at some point in the latter part of the 1930s. He was excelled in extra-curricular activities and revelled in boxing, swimming and debating.

In 1933, one of his father’s political rivals who had managed to defeat Mariano Marcos in an election was murdered. Ferdinand Marcos was accused and prosecuted for having colluded in the murder. He was found guilty but he defended himself in court. He was acquitted six years after the alleged murder took place.

Career

Marcos joined the Philippine army after the commencement of the Second World War and served as an officer for the duration of the war.

Following Philippines’ independence and the end of the Second World War, Ferdinand Marcos joined politics. He entered the House of Representatives from Ilocos Norte in 1949 and over the next ten years he was elected to the house two more times. During that decade, he served in different important capacities like the Chairman of House Committee on Commerce and Industry, member of the defence committee and several other committees.

In 1959, Marcos became a member of the Philippine Senate and before long he became the floor leader of the minority. Two years after getting into the senate, the Liberal Party made him their executive vice president and two years after that he became the Senate President. During his two year long stint as the president of the Senate, Marcos was responsible for the introduction of a number of new bills.

In 1965, Marcos was elected as the President of Philippines and during his campaign for the presidency, he stressed on his past as a soldier and the campaign proved to be successful. A year after assuming the presidency, Marcos sent Philippine soldiers to serve in the Vietnam War where they served for four years.

Marcos became the president for a second term in 1969 and the very next year he had to face opposition and protests from the left wing. The protests, along with Islamic threats, were one of the main reasons why Marcos imposed martial law in Philippines three years after beginning his 2nd term and for the next nine years the country was under martial law as Marcos tried to establish a ‘New Society’. Opposition leaders and left wing activists were arrested, media was censored and even the Congress was closed down.

Ferdinand Marcos became the Prime Minister of Philippines in 1978 and made sure that he made the position as powerful as that of the president of the country by transferring those powers to his office. Three years later, martial law was suspended and presidential elections were called. Marcos won the election by a big margin.

Marcos’ third term as the president of Philippines ran into trouble in 1985 when there was an attempt to impeach him for stealing state assets to the tune of millions but a committee struck it down. The same year, Marcos called for elections ahead of schedule and duly won it, however there were allegations of electoral corruption. The failure of the electoral process gave further power to the ‘People Power Movement’. A year after the election, the opposition overtook the city and Marcos fled. He found asylum in Hawaii.

Personal Life & Legacy

Marcos got married to Imelda Romualdez in 1954. His wife Imelda also went on to become a politician. The couple had four children named - Ma Imelda Marcos, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Irene Marcos and Aimee Marcos.

Marcos died on 28 September 1989 in Honolulu after suffering from heart and kidney problems.

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Ferdinand Marcos biography timelines

  • // 11th Sep 1917
    Ferdinand Edralin Marcos was born to Mariano Marcos and his wife Josefa Edralin in Sarrat, IlocosNorte, Philippines on 11 September 1917. Marcos’ father was a qualified lawyer and also one of the leading politicians in Philippines.
  • // 1933
    In 1933, one of his father’s political rivals who had managed to defeat Mariano Marcos in an election was murdered. Ferdinand Marcos was accused and prosecuted for having colluded in the murder. He was found guilty but he defended himself in court. He was acquitted six years after the alleged murder took place.
  • // 1949
    Following Philippines’ independence and the end of the Second World War, Ferdinand Marcos joined politics. He entered the House of Representatives from Ilocos Norte in 1949 and over the next ten years he was elected to the house two more times. During that decade, he served in different important capacities like the Chairman of House Committee on Commerce and Industry, member of the defence committee and several other committees.
  • // 1954
    Marcos got married to Imelda Romualdez in 1954. His wife Imelda also went on to become a politician. The couple had four children named - Ma Imelda Marcos, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Irene Marcos and Aimee Marcos.
  • // 1959
    In 1959, Marcos became a member of the Philippine Senate and before long he became the floor leader of the minority. Two years after getting into the senate, the Liberal Party made him their executive vice president and two years after that he became the Senate President. During his two year long stint as the president of the Senate, Marcos was responsible for the introduction of a number of new bills.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, Marcos was elected as the President of Philippines and during his campaign for the presidency, he stressed on his past as a soldier and the campaign proved to be successful. A year after assuming the presidency, Marcos sent Philippine soldiers to serve in the Vietnam War where they served for four years.
  • // 1969
    Marcos became the president for a second term in 1969 and the very next year he had to face opposition and protests from the left wing. The protests, along with Islamic threats, were one of the main reasons why Marcos imposed martial law in Philippines three years after beginning his 2nd term and for the next nine years the country was under martial law as Marcos tried to establish a ‘New Society’. Opposition leaders and left wing activists were arrested, media was censored and even the Congress was closed down.
  • // 1978
    Ferdinand Marcos became the Prime Minister of Philippines in 1978 and made sure that he made the position as powerful as that of the president of the country by transferring those powers to his office. Three years later, martial law was suspended and presidential elections were called. Marcos won the election by a big margin.
  • // 1985
    Marcos’ third term as the president of Philippines ran into trouble in 1985 when there was an attempt to impeach him for stealing state assets to the tune of millions but a committee struck it down. The same year, Marcos called for elections ahead of schedule and duly won it, however there were allegations of electoral corruption. The failure of the electoral process gave further power to the ‘People Power Movement’. A year after the election, the opposition overtook the city and Marcos fled. He found asylum in Hawaii.
  • // 28th Sep 1989
    Marcos died on 28 September 1989 in Honolulu after suffering from heart and kidney problems.

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Ferdinand Marcos's FAQ

  • What is Ferdinand Marcos birthday?

    Ferdinand Marcos was born at 1917-09-11

  • When was Ferdinand Marcos died?

    Ferdinand Marcos was died at 1989-09-28

  • Where was Ferdinand Marcos died?

    Ferdinand Marcos was died in Honolulu

  • Which age was Ferdinand Marcos died?

    Ferdinand Marcos was died at age 72

  • Where is Ferdinand Marcos's birth place?

    Ferdinand Marcos was born in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippine Islands

  • What is Ferdinand Marcos nationalities?

    Ferdinand Marcos's nationalities is Filipinos

  • Who is Ferdinand Marcos spouses?

    Ferdinand Marcos's spouses is Imelda Marcos

  • Who is Ferdinand Marcos siblings?

    Ferdinand Marcos's siblings is Elizabeth Marcos-Keon, Fortuna Marcos-Barba, Pacifico Marcos

  • Who is Ferdinand Marcos childrens?

    Ferdinand Marcos's childrens is Aimee Marcos, Bongbong Marcos, Imee Marcos, Irene Marcos-Araneta

  • What was Ferdinand Marcos universities?

    Ferdinand Marcos studied at University of the Philippines College of Law

  • Which company or organization was founded by Ferdinand Marcos?

    Ferdinand Marcos was the founder/co-founder of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Light Rail Transit Authority

  • What is Ferdinand Marcos's religion?

    Ferdinand Marcos's religion is Catholicism, Philippine Independent Church

  • How tall is Ferdinand Marcos?

    Ferdinand Marcos's height is 170

  • Who is Ferdinand Marcos's father?

    Ferdinand Marcos's father is Mariano Marcos

  • Who is Ferdinand Marcos's mother?

    Ferdinand Marcos's mother is Josefa Edralin

  • What is Ferdinand Marcos's sun sign?

    Ferdinand Marcos is Virgo

  • How famous is Ferdinand Marcos?

    Ferdinand Marcos is famouse as Former President of the Philippines