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1960-63 Governor Guadalupe Carreon Adaza, Zamboanga del Norte
E
arlier listed as governor of Misamis from 1937. This information does not appear to be correct.

1962-63 Governor Corazon Manzano-Espino, Nueva Vizcaya
Appointed to the post, and is a member of the Gaddang tribe and Commissioner for Region II.

1964-66 Acting Governor Belen Farbos-Calderon, Nueva Vizcaya
Vice-Governor 1963-64.

1966-86 Governor  Consuelo Calo, Agusan del Norte
Vice-Governor 1963-66.

1964-1980 and 1987 Governor Teresa J. Dupaya, Cagayan

1964-? Governor Adela Serra-Ty, Surigao del Sur
Mother of 7, she was married to a Chinese businessman. Her decandants have held the position of governor of the province for decades. One was Felicidad Ty-Pimentel.

1971-? Governor Princess Tarhata Alonto-Lucman, Province of Lanao del Sur
A member of one of the royal families of Maranao, she fought the Martial Rule of the deposed President Marcos. Her daughter, N
ormala Lucman, later became Vice-Governor of the Province. From 2001 she has been Autonomous Regional Government in Muslim Mindanao.

1971-83 Governor Elizabeth Marcos-Keon, Ilocos Norte
Sister of President Ferdinand Marcos.

1976-88 Governor Imelda Ramauldez Marcos, Manilla
First Lady of the Republic and had a number of ministerial posts

1976-80 Governor Juanita Lumanlan Nepomuceno, Pampanga

Member of the House of Representatives in 1962-1969 and 1984-1986.

1980-85 Governor Natalia F. Dumlao, Nueva Vizcaya
Vice-Governor
Circa 1995-98

1986-98 Governor Dr. Rosario P. Diaz, North Cotabato
Appointed governor in 1986 and elected 1988, 1992 and 1995.

1986-1987 Governor Josefina S. Sibala, Davao Oriental
1988-91 Vice-Governor
1991-1992 Governor
Elected as a result of the EDSA revolution. In 1991 the governor died and she took over for the remainder of the period.

1987-88 and 2013- Governor Ruth Cacpal Raña Padilla, Nueva Vizcaya
Through a number of years Chief political affairs officer in the Office of husband, Representative Carlos M. Padilla
. Ruth Padilla was Vice-Governor 1986-87.

1992-98 Governor Margarita (Tingting) de los Reyes  Cojuangco, Tarlac
Sister in law of the late former President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino

1992-2001 Governor Rozalinda Y. Lopez, Davao Oriental

1992-2001 and 2004-13 Governor Josephine Y. Ramirez-Sato, Occidental Mindoro (Philippines)
Her vice-governor was Anita A. Villaroza circa 1995-98.

1992-2001 Governor Priscilla Lopong Chiongbian, Sarangai

1992-98 Governor Emily R. Lopez, Guimaras

1992-2001 Vice-Governor Teresita S. Lazaro, Laguna
2001-10 Governor
First acting governor and then elected as such.

1995-98 Governor Josie C. Co, Quirino

1995-2004 and 2013- Governor Maria Angelica Rosedell M. Amante, Agusan del Norte
Daughter of the former Executive Secretary Edelmiro Amante. Her mother, Rosario, was Mayor of Cabadbaran.(b. 1970-)

1995-04 Governor Remedios (Matin) Loreto-Petilla, Leyte
Trinidad G. Apostol, Leyte was Vice-Governor 1998-2001

1998-2007 and 2010- Governor Carmencita O. Reyes, Marinduque
Undersecretary of Social Secretary and Development 1981-82 and later Member of the House of Representaives.(b. 1931-)

1998-2010 Governor Josefina (Josie) Mendoza. Dela Cruz, Bulacan
Vice-Governor 1992-98.

1998-2001 Governor Madeleine M. Ong, Northern Samar

1998-2007 Governor Imelda Quibranza Diamporo, Lano del Norte
Daughter of the late former governor of the state, Arsenio Quibranza. Her husband, Abdullah D,  is former governor of the state

1998-2001 Governor Maria Zita C. Valera, Abra

1998-2001 Governor Valentina G. Plaza, Agusan del Sur

1998-2001 Governor Ruthie de Lara Guingona, Misamis Oriental

2001-07 Governor Maria Elena Palma Gil, Davao Oriental
Lost her bid for reelection to her cousin, Corazon Nunez-Malanyaon

2001-10 and 2013- Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes, Cotabato

2001-10 Governor Salvacion (Sally) Perez-Zaldivar, Antique
Former Undersecretary of the Presidency for Liaison with the Senate

2001-04 Governor Clothilde Salazar, Eastern Samar

2001-10 Governor Milagros T. Tan, Western Samar
Her successor is her daughter Sharee Ann T. Tan.

2001- Governor Aurora E. Cerilles, Zamboanga del Sur
Reelected 2004.

2001-04 Governor Ramoncita P. Ong, Aurora

2001-04 and 2013- Governor Rebecca A. Yñares, Rizal

2004-10 Governor Maria Gracia Cielo Padaca, Isabela
Known as Edna Pacada, she defeated the incumbent governor and thereby toppled the Dy-dynasty which had held power in the province for more than 30 years. She is a former tv-personality (b. 1964-).

2004-13 Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, Aurora

2004-12 Governor Gwendolyn Fiel Garcia, Cebu

2004-13 Governor  Luisa L. Cuaresma, Nueva Vizcaya
Vice-Governor 1998-2004


2007-10 Governor Geraldine Ecleo Villaroman, Dinagat Island
2010-13 Vice-Governor

2007-10 Governor Floydelia Diasen, Kalinga

2007-16 Governor Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos, Batangas
Actor and Mayor of Lipa City. (b. 1953-)

2007-10 Governor Sally Ante Lee, Sorsogon
Wife of former Governor Raul R. Lee and mayoress of Sorsogon City since 2000.

2007-16 Governor Corazon T. Nunez-Malanyaon, Davao Oriental
A former Member of Congress, she won over her cousin, Governor Maria Elena T. Palma Gil. (b. 1949-)

2007-10 Governor Maria Valentina Plaza Cornelio, Agusan del Sur
Daughter of former Governor Valentina G. Plaza.

2007-10 Governor Elisa Olga Kho, Masbate
Wife of former Governor Antonio “Tony” Kho.

2007-16 Governor Jum Jainuddin-Akbar, Basilan
Her husband,
Wahab Akbar, had been Governor 1998-2007 and was elected to the House of Represenatives. His other wife, Cherry was elected Mayor of Isabela Citay and another wife, Nur-In, run as candidate for Mayor of Lamitan City.

2009-10 Acting Governor Bai Nariman Ina Abdullah Ambolodto, Maguindanao (Philippines)
Former former Vice Mayor of Northern Kabuntalan, Provincial Assembly Member from 2007 and Vice Governor and was appointed Acting Governor by the Governor of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao after her predessor was implicated inmplicated in the Ampatuan town massacre

2010- Governor Lilia Garcia Pineda, Pampanga
A former provincial board member and Mayor of Lubao 1992-2004. Her son was Vice-Governor and Mayor, her daughter Mylene Pineda Cayabyab became Mayor of Lubao and a daughter-in-law was Mayor of Sta. Rita.

2010- Governor Imee Romuáldez-Marcos, Ilocos Norte
Her candidate for Vice Governor in 2010, Yvonne B. Ranada, was not elected. Imee Marcos is daughter of former President Ferdiandd Marcos and Governor Imelda Marcos. (b. 1953-)

2010- Governor Sharee Ann T. Tan, Western Samar
Her precedessor was her mother.

2010- Governor Herminia D. Ramiro, Misamis Occidental

2010- Governor Emmylou 'Lala' J. Taliño-Mendoza, Cotabato (Northern Cotabato)

2010- Governor Glenda B. Ecleo, Dinagat Islands
Her precedessor was her daughter. She is also her Vice-governor.

2010- Governor Rizalina S. Lanete, Masbate
The two other candidates were incumbent Governor Elisa Olga Kho and Judith A. Espinosa.

2010- Governor Sol Forcadilla Matugas, Surigao del Norte

2012-13 Acting Governor Agnes Almendras-Magpale, Cebu
Vice-Governor from 2011.

2013-16 Governor Mimietta Bagulaya, Leyte
Vice-Governor 
2004-07


2013-16 Governor Araceli Bernardino Wong, Catanduanes

2015- Governor Rhodora "Dodod" Cadiao, Antiqua
Vice-Governor 2013-16

2016- Governor Czarina Umali, Nueva Ecija
Her husband is member of the Congress

2016- Governor Maria Jocelyn Bernos, Abra
Former Congresswoman.

2016- Governor Maria Luisa De La Fuente Romualdo, Camiguin
Mayor of Mambajao 2007-16 and married to the former governor of the province.


2016- Governor Bedjoria Soraya Adiong /Soraya Alonto-Adiong, Lanao del Sul
Her husband was governor of the Province 2001 until his death 3 years later and her son Governor 2007-16 and Vice-Governor from 2016.. Another son is also an influential politician.


2016- Governor Kathy Jyll Mayaen-Luis, Mountain Province
Her father was the only candidate for Governor in 2016 when he died of a hart attack. She was elected uonopposed.

2016- Governor Susan Sulit-Yap, Tarlac
Former Congresswomen


Last update 26.05.16