Mayor of Manila

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Mayor of Manila
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Joseph Estrada

since June 30, 2013
Style The Honourable
AppointerElected via popular vote
Term length 3 years, not eligible for re-election immediately after three consecutive terms
Inaugural holder Arsenio Cruz-Herrera
Website Office of the Mayor of Manila

The Mayor of Manila (Filipino : Punong Lungsod ng Maynila) is the head of the executive branch of the Manila's government. The mayor holds office at Manila City Hall. Like all local government heads in the Philippines, the mayor is elected via popular vote, and may not be elected for a fourth consecutive term (although the former mayor may return to office after an interval of one term). In case of death, resignation or incapacity, the vice mayor becomes the mayor.

Filipino language official language of the Philippines

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Manila City Hall

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With the eruption of the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine–American War, the position reverted to an appointive head. With the advent of World War II, President Manuel L. Quezon appointed Jorge B. Vargas as mayor of the City of Greater Manila (forerunner of Metro Manila) in 1941. With the liberation of Manila in 1945 by combined Filipino and American soldiers under the United States Army and the Philippine Commonwealth Army including local recognized guerrillas against the Japanese Imperial forces, the earlier setup was used once again.

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With the amendment of the city's charter in 1951, the position became an elective post. The first mayoral election was in 1951, and Manila's congressman from the 2nd district Arsenio Lacson defeated incumbent Manuel de la Fuente. A few years after the declaration of martial law by President Ferdinand Marcos, Manila and nearby cities like Quezon City, Caloocan, Pasay and Makati, were overshadowed by the office of the governor of the newly created Metro Manila, whom Marcos appointed his wife, Imelda Marcos, to the position.

The Legislative Districts of Manila are the representations of the city of Manila in the various national legislatures of the Philippines. The city is currently represented in the lower house of the Congress of the Philippines through its first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth districts.

Arsenio H. Lacson was a Filipino journalist and politician who gained widespread attention as Mayor of Manila from 1952 to 1962. An active executive likened by Time and The New York Times to New York's Fiorello La Guardia, he was the first Manila mayor to be reelected to three terms. Nicknamed "Arsenic" and described as "a good man with a bad mouth", Lacson's fiery temperament became a trademark of his political and broadcasting career. He died suddenly from a stroke amidst talk that he was planning to run in the 1965 presidential election.

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With Arsenio Lacson becoming the first elected Mayor, the City of Manila underwent The Golden Age, [1] was revitalized, and once again became the "Pearl of the Orient", a moniker it earned before the outbreak of the war[ citation needed ]. After Mayor Lacson's term in the fifties, the city was led by Mayor Antonio Villegas during most of the 60's, and Mayor Ramon Bagatsing for nearly the entire decade of the 70's until the 1986 Edsa revolution.

Antonio Villegas Ama Ng Libreng Pilipino

Antonio de Jesus Villegas was a Filipino Mayor of Manila from 1962 to 1971. His term was after the term of Arsenio Lacson as Mayor of Manila, and before the period of martial law in the Philippines.

Ramon Bagatsing Filipino mayor

Ramón Delaraga Bagatsing was the longest-serving Mayor of Manila. He is the only Indian Filipino and person with disability to serve as Mayor of the City of Manila from 1971 to 1986. Bagatsing also holds the unique distinction of being the only person to survive both the Bataan Death March and the military hero for the Liberation of Manila during the Second World War and the Plaza Miranda bombing in 1971.

Mayors Lacson, Villegas, and Bagatsing are often collectively considered as "the Big Three of Manila" for their rather long tenures as the City Hall's chief executive (continuously for over three decades, from 1952 - 1986), but more importantly, for their indelible contribution to the development and progress of the City and their lasting legacy in uplifting the quality of life and welfare of the people of Manila.

With the ouster of Marcos during the People Power Revolution, President Corazon Aquino vacated all local executive officials and appointed officers in charge (OIC) in their place; she appointed party-mate Mel Lopez as OIC of Manila. Local elections were held in 1988, and Lopez was elected as mayor. The Local Government Code was enacted in 1991, and standardized the powers of Manila's mayor making it at par with other cities in the country.

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Corazon Aquino Philippine politician and President

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Gemiliano "Mel" Campos López, Jr. was a Filipino politician who served as the Mayor of Manila from 1986 to 1987 and 1988 to 1992 and an assemblyman of the Batasang Pambansa of the Philippines from 1984 to 1986. He was also a former chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission.

The office of the mayor is often used as a springboard for further political ambitions. In 1961, Lacson bolted the Nacionalista Party to become the campaign manager of the Liberal Party's Diosdado Macapagal's presidential campaign. After Macapagal's victory, Lacson returned with the Nacionalistas and became a critic of the Macapagal administration. Lacson would've been likely the Nacionalista's candidate for the presidency in 1965, had not death intervened in 1962. [2] In 1998, the sitting mayor of Manila, Alfredo Lim, did run as the Liberal Party's candidate for the presidency, but was beaten by Joseph Estrada, finishing fifth in a field of ten candidates, garnering 9% of the vote.

The longest-serving mayor of the City of Manila is Mayor Ramon Bagatsing, who continuously served as the city's chief executive from 1971 until 1986. His tenure could have been longer if his term was not disrupted by the forced resignation of all local government unit heads and the appointment of officers in charge in their place after the 1986 revolution, to which Bagatsing fully supported and complied with, voluntarily handing over his position to the officer in charge Mel Lopez.

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The mayor of Manila holds office at the Manila City Hall.

List of Mayors of Manila


#NameImageTerm startTerm endFull name
Arsenio Cruz Herrera
7 August 1901
18 September 1905
First Filipino Mayor
Arsenio Cruz Herrera
Félix M. Róxas
19 September 1905
15 January 1917
Félix M. Fernández Róxas
Justo R. Lukban
16 January 1917
6 March 1920
Justo Rilles Lukban
Ramón J. Fernández
7 March 1920
16 July 1923
Ramón J. de Castro Fernández
Eulogio Rodríguez, Sr.
17 July 1923
8 February 1924
Eulogio Adona Rodríguez, Sr.
Miguel Romuáldez
9 February 1924
31 August 1927
Miguel López Romuáldez
Tomás Earnshaw
1 September 1927
31 December 1933
Tomás Noguera Earnshaw
Juan Posadas, Jr.
1 January 1934
4 January 1940
First Mayor under the Commonwealth
Juan Pablo Posadas, Jr.
Eulogio Rodríguez, Sr.
5 January 1940
28 August 1941
second term
Eulogio Adona Rodríguez, Sr.
Juan Nolasco
29 August 1941
23 December 1941
Juan Gómez Nolasco
Jorge B. Vargas
24 December 1941
26 January 1942
Appointed by President Manuel Quezon as Mayor of the City of Greater Manila
Jorge Bartolome Vargas
Leon Guinto, Sr.
27 January 1942
17 July 1944
Mayor of the City of Greater Manila
Leon Gawaran Guinto, Sr.
Hermenegildo Atienza
18 July 1944
18 July 1945
Mayor during the 1945 Battle of Manila
Juan G. Nolasco
19 July 1945
6 June 1946
second term
Juan Gómez Nolasco
Valeriano E. Fugoso, Sr.
7 June 1946
31 December 1947
Mayor during the restoration of independence by the US
Valeriano Estrella Fugoso, Sr.
Manuel dela Fuente
1 January 1948
31 December 1951
Arsenio H. Lacson, Sr.
1 January 1952
15 April 1962
First elective Mayor
Arsenio Hizon Lacson
Antonio Villegas
16 April 1962
31 December 1971
Antonio de Jesús Villegas
Ramón D. Bagatsing, Sr.
1 January 1972
26 March 1986
Mayor during the Martial Law era and the creation of Metro Manila
Ramón Delaraga Bagatsing, Sr.
Gemiliano C. López, Jr.
26 March 1986
1 December 1987
First post-EDSA Mayor
Gemiliano Campos López, Jr.
2 February 1988
30 June 1992
Gregorio Ejército
2 December 1987
2 February 1988
Alfredo S. Lim
30 June 1992
30 June 1995
Alfredo Siojo Lim
30 June 1995
27 March 1998
José L. Atienza, Jr.
27 March 1998
30 June 2001
José Livioko Atienza, Jr.
30 June 2001
30 June 2004
30 June 2004
30 June 2007
Alfredo S. Lim
30 June 2007
30 June 2010
Alfredo Siojo Lim
30 June 2010
30 June 2013
Joseph E. Estrada
30 June 2013
30 June 2016
José Marcelo Ejército
30 June 2016


Vice Mayor of Manila

The Vice Mayor is the second-highest official of the city. The vice mayor is elected via popular vote; although most mayoral candidates have running mates, the vice mayor is elected separately from the mayor. This can result in the mayor and the vice mayor coming from different political parties.

The Vice Mayor is the presiding officer of the Manila City Council, although he can only vote as the tiebreaker. When a mayor is removed from office, the vice mayor becomes the mayor until the scheduled next election.


NameNo.TermFull name
Ramón J. Fernández1August 7, 1901 - August 7, 1912Ramón J. de Castro. Fernández
Pablo Ocampo 2August 8, 1912 - March 6, 1920Pablo De Leon. Ocampo
Juan Posadas, Jr.3March 7, 1920 - February 8, 1924Juan Pablo Posadas Jr.
Honorio Lopez4February 9, 1924 - December 31, 1933
Jorge B. Vargas 5January 1, 1934 - January 4, 1940Jorge Bartolome Vargas
Hermenegildo Atienza 6January 5, 1940 - July 17, 1944
Joaquin R. Roces7July 18, 1944 - December 31, 1951Joaquin Reyes Roces
Jesus M. R. Roces8January 1, 1952 - December 30, 1959Jesus Reyes Roces
Antonio J. Villegas 9December 30, 1959 - April 15, 1962Antonio de Jesus. Villegas
Herminio A. Astorga 10April 16, 1962 - December 31, 1967Herminio Aldaba Astorga
Felicisimo Cabigao11January 1, 1968 - December 31, 1970
Gemiliano C. Lopez, Jr. 12January 1, 1971 - December 31, 1971Gemiliano Campos López, Jr.
Martin B. Isidro, Sr.13January 1, 1972 - December 31, 1975Martin Buenaventura Isidro, Sr.
James Barbers14January 1, 1976 - March 26, 1986James Zabala Barbers
Bambi M. Ocampo15March 26, 1986 - April 27, 1987Bambi Malabanan. Ocampo
Ernesto A. Nieva16*April 28, 1987 - February 2, 1988Ernesto Acheco Nieva
Danilo B. Lacuna, Sr.17**February 3, 1988 - January 31, 1992Danilo Bautista Lacuna, Sr.
Ernesto V.P. Maceda, Jr.18February 1, 1992 - June 30, 1992Ernesto Vera Perez Maceda, Jr.
José L. Atienza, Jr. 19June 30, 1992 - March 27, 1998José Livioko Atienza, Jr.
Ernesto A. Nieva20*March 27, 1998 - May 19, 1998Ernesto Acheco Nieva
Hilario C. Silva 21May 20, 1998 - June 30, 1998Hilario Cuenca Silva
Danilo B. Lacuna, Sr.22**June 30, 1998 - June 30, 2007Danilo Bautista Lacuna, Sr.
Isko Moreno Domagoso 23June 30, 2007 - June 30, 2016Francisco Moreno Domagoso
Ma. Sheilah H. Lacuna-Pangan24June 30, 2016 – PresentMa. Sheilah Honrado Lacuna

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  2. "Arsenio Lacson of Manila Dead (pay site)". New York Times. 1962-04-16. Retrieved 2008-02-02. Mr. Lacson had returned to the Nacionalista party, now in opposition, and was considered likely to be its Presidential candidate in 1965