His Excellency, President Benigno S. Aquino III, the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines, is celebrating his 53rd Birth Anniversary on February 8, 2013. He is the only son of martyred Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. and democracy icon, former Philippine President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino. His sisters are Maria Elena, Aurora Corazon, Victoria Eliza, and Kristina Bernadette.
Born on February 8, 1960, in Manila, President Aquino studied at Ateneo de Manila University from 1965 to 1977 and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1981, after which he joined his family in the United States of America. He returned to the Philippines on August 23, 1983, and worked in the private sector.
On June 30, 1998, he was elected to the House of Representatives, representing Tarlac province, was reelected in 2001 and 2004, and served as House Deputy Speaker. On May 15, 2007, he was elected to the Philippine Senate. After the demise of his mother on August 1, 2009, he sought the Presidency, and won in the May 10, 2010 national elections on a platform of good governance and reforms in education, health, agriculture, and the economy. On June 30, 2010, he was sworn into office at Quirino Grandstand.
After three years of his administration, the Philippines achieved a 6.6% economic growth in 2012, tourism arrivals reach the four-million mark, and various industries such as trade, real estate, construction, business process outsourcing, construction, agriculture, have surged. His policy of "Daang Matuwid" continues to guide agencies and leaders of government. He made several foreign trips, the latest of which was his participation in World Economic Forum in Switzerland on January 23-27, 2013. Abroad, he shared with world leaders his programs of government as well as reforms and changes in government.
In 2012, President Aquino signed several laws, including Republic Act (RA) 10157, the Kindergarten Education Law; RA 10175, the Cybercrime Prevention Act; RA 10354, the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012; RA 10349, the AFP Modernization Act, and RA 10351 on the excise tax system.
The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, Officers and Employees, greet His Excellency, Republic of the Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III on his 53rd Birth Anniversary. We wish him the best and success in all endeavors. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND MABUHAY!