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First Filipino in Politics, Military, and Government


Filipino laborers who formed the 1st Filipino-led union in the U.S., Cannery Workers’ and Farm LaborsUnion Local 18257 (1933)

Alexander C. De Ocampo

1st Filipino President of the California Young Democrats

Alfred Laureta

1st Filipino-American State Director of Labor and Industrial Relations

Andrés Bonifacio

Leader of the 1st Revolution in Asia against European colonial rule (1892)

Antonio Luna

Founder of the 1st Military Academy of the Philippines

Apolinario Mabini

1st Filipino Prime Minister of the 1st Philippine Republic (1899)

Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

1st Filipino youngest vice-governor (1961)

1st Filipino youngest elected senator (1967)

Benjamin Cayetano

1st Filipino-American U.S. Governor (1994)

Carlos P. Romulo

1st Filipino and 1st Asian President of the United Nations General Assembly (1949)

Conrad Santos

1st Filipino-Canadian elected in Canada’s Manitoba Legislature (1981)

Corazon “Cory” Aquino

1st Filipina President and Asia's 1st Female President

1st Filipina President of the 5th Republic of the Philippines (1986)

David Valderrama

1st Filipino-American elected to a state legislature on the mainland United States

Deodato Arellano

first president of the Katipunan

Dolores Sibonga

1st Filipina-American to serve on Seattle's City Council

Eduardo Malapit

1st Filipino-American Mayor of a U.S. county, Kauai, Hawaii

Edward Soriano

1st Filipino Soldier to become a General in the U.S. Armed Forces

Emilio Aguinaldo

1st Filipino President of the 1st Philippine Republic


Felipe Salonga

1st Filipino to be exiled by Spanish colonizers

Ferdinand E. Marcos

1st Filipino President of the 4th Republic of the Philippines (1978)

1st Filipino President of the Republic of the Philippines to be elected to a full second term (1969)

Francisca Reyes Aquino

1st Filipina to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service (1962)

Gabriela Silang

1st Filipina Leader in a revolt against the Spanish colonization of the Philippines

Gene Canque Liddell

1st U.S. Filipina Mayor

Geronima Tomelden-Pecson

1st Filipina Senator

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

1st Filipina President, 1st Asian President, and the 1st woman leader to preside over the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session (2005)

1st Filipina Vice-President of the Philippines (1998)

Irene Natividad

1st Filipina-American and 1st Asian-American President of the National Women's Political Caucus

Isabelo delos Reyes

1st Filipino labor union leader (1902)

Founder and President of the 1st Philippine labor union, Union Obrera Democratica Filipina (Philippine Democratic labor Union, 1902)

José Aguilar

1st Filipino to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service (1959)

José Rizal

The National Hero of the Philippines

Asia's 1st Modern Peaceful Proponent of Political Reforms

Joseph Hudson

1st Filipino-American US Army officer to become prisoner of the Iraq War



1st Filipino National Hero

Macario Sakay

1st Filipino President of the Tagalog Republic, Katagalugan (1902)

Manuel L. Quezon

1st President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines (1935)

1st Filipino to win the Philippine's 1st National Presidential Election (1935)

1st Filipino Senate President (1916)

Mariano Trias

1st Filipino vice-president (1897)

Mike Guingona

1st Filipino-American City Council Member and youngest Mayor of Daly City, California

Pete Fajardo

1st Filipino-American City Council Member and Mayor of Carson City, California

Dr. Reynaldo Pagtakhan

1st Filipino in the Canadian Parliament, Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific;

1st Filipino to become a member of a federal legislature in the whole of North America

Rep. Robert Cortez-Scott

1st Filipino-American in US Congress

Robert Rivas

1st U.S. East Coast Filipino-American Mayor

Rogelio dela Rosa

1st Filipino Actor to become Senator (1957)

Sergio Osmeña

1st Filipino Speaker of the Philippine Assembly (1907)

Tess Santiago

1st Filipina Mayor of the city of Delano, California, USA (1994)

Velma Veloria

1st Filipina-American and 1st Asian-American elected to a Washington State Legislature

Vicente Lim

1st Filipino graduate of West Point

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