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Alex Lacson

Alexander L. Lacson is a Filipino lawyer, author, philanthropist and politician. He is best known as the author of "12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country." On November 28, 2009, Florencio Abad,the Liberal Party of the Philippines announced that Lacson had been alloted the tenth slot on the party’s slate of candidates for the Philippine Senate.

Currently a lawyer and a partner at the Malcolm Law Office in Makati, Lacson took up law at the University of the Philippines College of Law, where he graduated 1996. He later took post graduate studies at Harvard Law School. He also studied at the Philippine Military Academy for three years. He married fellow lawyer Pia Peña, and the couple now have 4 children.

 

The Lacsons have established a foundation to help unprivileged children through school, and are now subsidizing 27 scholars in different public schools in Negros Occidental, Lacson’s hometown.

When Lacson and his wife Pia made a conscious decision to remain in the Philippines instead of searching for greener pastures abroad, they also decided to advocate the idea that conditions in the Philippines could be improved if individual Filipinos took action to improve matters, rather than move to another country. Lacson reasoned: “The answer is in us as a people; that hope is in us as a people.” To further that advocacy, Lacson wrote the 108-page booklet "12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country," and had it published at the Alay Pinoy Publishing House in Quezon City. The book’s first printing sold out in spite of the fact that Lacson did not initially sell in major bookstores because their markup price was too high.

The popularity of "12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country" increased greatly because of a column by Philippine Star founder Maximo Soliven. In it, Soliven described how his car had broken down on his way to an important appointment at Malacañang palace, and Lacson, not knowing who Soliven was, offered him assistance. When Lacson found out who Soliven was, the two started discussing Lacson’s advocacies and his book, which Soliven also described in detail in his column. That column later became a viral e-mail hit, leading to an increased interest in the book.

On November 28, 2009, Florencio Abad, 2010 Presidential campaign manager for the Liberal Party of the Philippines announced that Lacson had been alloted the tenth slot on the party’s slate of candidates for the Philippine Senate. Abad also noted that Lacson was instrumental in convincing Liberal Party standard bearer Noynoy Aquino to run for the presidency.

Other Information

  • Nationality : Filipino
  • Political party : Liberal Party of the Philippines
  • Profession : Lawyer, Author, Philanthropist, Politician
  • Education : University of the Philippines College of Law; Harvard Law School; Philippine Military Academy
  • Spouse : Pia Peña

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