Having been in public service for over 25 years, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has achieved a distinguished career in government. His electoral journey has allowed him to serve in several positions in both the executive and legislative branches of government. His various stints in government have allowed him to carve his niche in the Philippine’s rich political history.
As a young boy in Manila, Bongbong went to Institucion Teresiana and La Salle Greenhills in Manila where he obtained his kindergarten and elementary education, respectively. Due to his parents’ insistence that he grow up grounded without being overwhelmed by his family’s stature, Bongbong was sent to England where he lived and studied in an all-boys Benedictine abbey, Worth School. Thereafter, he pursued his undergraduate degree, graduating with a Special Diploma in Social Studies from Oxford University in England.
In his desire to pursue further studies, Bongbong took up Masters in Business Administration in Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA. Though he felt privileged to enter such an esteemed institution, he had to cut his studies short because he was elected Vice-Governor of the province of Ilocos Norte in 1981, at a young age of 23. He succeeded as Governor of the province from 1983 to 1986.
After his family’s return from exile in 1992, Bongbong served as Congressman in the Second District of Ilocos Norte. Among the measures he authored was the landmark law establishing the Philippine Youth Commission. He was also instrumental in advancing the cause of cooperatives by devoting most of his Countryside Development Fund (CDF) to organizing the cooperatives of teachers and farmers in his home province.
From 1998 to 2007, Bongbong served as Governor of Ilocos Norte where he served for three consecutive terms. During his tenure, he transformed Ilocos Norte into a first-class province of international acclaim, showcasing its natural and cultural destination areas. It was also during his stewardship that Ilocos Norte became a pioneer in wind power technology which, to this day, serves as an alternative source of energy not only for the needs of his province, but for the other parts of northern Luzon as well.
In 2007, Bongbong was again elected to Congress, where he was appointed Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. During this term, one of the important pieces of legislation he authored was the Philippine Archipelagic Baselines Law (Republic Act No. 9522).
In 2010, Bongbong won a seat in the Philippine Senate, placing 7th overall. He currently chairs the Senate Committee on Local Government and the Committee on Public Works.
He is married to lawyer Louise Araneta-Marcos with whom he has three sons: Sandro, Simon & Vincent.