Diosdado Macapagal

"The strength of the nation lies in the well-being of the common man."

Diosdado Macapagal was sworn into office on December 30, 1961. He was born in Lubao, Pampanga in September 28, 1910 to Urbano Macapagal and Romana Pangan. His administration promised to bring a successful "New Era".

During the war, Macapagal continued to practice law but also aided the anti-Japanese resistance movements and served as intelligence liaison with different guerrilla units. His achievements include the spreading of the National Language by using it in diplomatic credentials, passports, stamps and traffic signs, giving tycoons (mostly Chinese) Filipino names, and the changing of the Philippine Independence Day from July 4 to June 12. He filed the Philippine claim over Sabah on June 22, 1962 and joined the MAPILINDO, a confederation between Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. He was responsible for the Agricultural Land Reform Code (R.A. No. 3844) signed on August 8, 1963. The poor implementation of his Land Refom Law made him unpopular which saw his defeat to Ferdinand Marcos in the November 9, 1965 Presidential Elections. President Diosdado Macapagal married Purita dela Rosa who died earlier so he wed Evangelina Macaraeg. He is the father of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 
President Diosdado Macapagal
Born: September 28, 1910
Died: April 21, 1997
5th President of the Third Republic of the Philippines
(Term: December 30, 1961 - December 30, 1965)
Vice President: Emmanuel Pelaez
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