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Manuel Roxas

Mar Roxas 01Manuel “Mar” Araneta Roxas II (born May 13, 1957) is a Senator of the Philippines. He is the son of former Senator Gerry Roxas, and the grandson of former President Manuel Roxas.

A graduate of the Wharton School of Economics, Roxas worked as an investment banker, mobilizing venture capital funds for small and medium enterprises. He served as the Representative of the 1st District of Capiz from 1993 to 2000. His stint as Congressman was cut short after he was appointed by President Joseph Estrada as Secretary of Trade and Industry. He resigned from the position at the height of the EDSA Revolution of 2001 and was later re-appointed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her new Cabinet. He resigned again to run for a Senate seat in the 2004 Philippine election. He was elected as Senator with 19 million votes, the highest ever garnered by a national candidate in any Philippine election.

Roxas was born on May 13, 1957 in Manila, Philippines to Judy Araneta (born July 31, 1931 in Negros Occidental) and Gerardo Roxas. Roxas’ father was a former Senator (1924-1982), and the only son of Manuel Roxas, the first President of the Third Philippine Republic, and Trinidad de Leon. The couple married on 1955. He has two siblings namely Maria Lourdes or Ria, married to Augusto Ojeda and mother of three and the late Congressman Gerardo Roxas, Jr. (1960-1995).

Roxas attended Ateneo de Manila University for his elementary and high school graduation, then went to the United States to attend the Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a degree in economics in 1979.

After graduation, he worked for seven years as an investment banker in New York, and became an assistant vice president of the New York-based Allen & Company. Following the 1985 announcement by President Ferdinand Marcos of a snap election, he took a leave of absence to join the presidential campaign of Corazon Aquino.

In September 1986, President Corazon Aquino went to the United States. He was one of those who organized a series of investment round-table discussions with the American business community. From 1986 onwards, he visited the Philippines more frequently.

He then proposed to his company to have set up shop in Asia specifically in the Philippines, and later, his superiors agreed. In 1991, he was stationed in the country under North Star Capitals, Inc. which took Jollibee public. In the United States, he participated in the first financing of Discovery Channel and Tri-Star Pictures.

He is father of Paolo Roxas. He is currently in a relationship with Korina Sanchez, one of the Philippines’ most popular and critically acclaimed broadcast journalists from ABS-CBN. In the April 25, 2009 episode of ABS-CBN noontime show Wowowee where Sanchez appeared as a guest co-host alongside Willie Revillame, Sanchez and Roxas revealed that they are already engaged. Sanchez and Roxas remain mum about the details of their wedding. However, the Philippine Star reported that Sanchez is said to be in talks with designer Pepito Albert for her wedding gown and will take a leave from her work at ABS-CBN starting May 2009.

Other Information

  • Name : Manuel “Mar” Araneta Roxas II
  • Birthday :  May 13, 1957
  • Birthplace : Quezon City, Philippines
  • Residence : Roxas City, Capiz; Makati City
  • Nationality : Filipino
  • Political party : Liberal Party (1992–present)
  • Schools Attended :
    • Elementary education, Ateneo de Manila University
    • High school education, Ateneo de Manila University
    • Wharton School of Economics, University of Pennsylvania (1979)
  • Father :  Gerry Roxas
  • Grandfather : Manuel Roxas
  • Mother : Judy Araneta
  • Occupation : Economist; Politician
  • Religion : Roman Catholic

Career Highlights

  • Senator of the Philippines, Incumbent (June 30, 2004-present)
  • Secretary of Trade and Industry, (January 2, 2000 – December 10, 2003)
  • Member, Philippine House of Representatives for Capiz’s 1st district (June 30, 1992 – January 2, 2000)

Notable Events

  • 2010 Presidential Aspiration

Awards and Recognitions

  • World Economic Forum, “one of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow who are expected to shape the future” (1996)
  • Asiaweek Magazine, “Political Leader of the New Millennium” (1999)
  • The Singapore Government, 16th Lee Kuan Yew Fellow
  • E-Services Philippines, E-Champion Award (February 16, 2007)
  • Palanca Awards Gawad Dangal ng Lahi, CP Group Chairman Carlos Palanca III, Palanca Foundation Director General Sylvia Palanca-Quirino and Deputy Director General Christine Quirino-Pacheco (September 18, 2007)


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