Arnulfo Fuentebella

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The Honourable
Arnulfo P. Fuentebella
19th Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives
In office
November 13, 2000 – January 24, 2001
President Joseph Estrada (2000-2001)
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001)
Preceded by Manuel Villar, Jr.
Succeeded by Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.
Deputy Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives for Luzon
In office
July 23, 2007 – June 30, 2013
Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
from Camarines Sur's 4th district
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2013
Preceded by Felix Alfelor, Jr.
Succeeded by Felix William "Wimpy" B. Fuentebella
Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
from Camarines Sur's 3rd district
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2010
Preceded by Felix William "Wimpy" B. Fuentebella
Succeeded by Luis R. Villafuerte
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 2001
Preceded by Eduardo P. Pilapil
Succeeded by Felix William "Wimpy" B. Fuentebella
Mambabatas Pambansa (Assemblyman) from Region V Bicol Region
In office
June 12, 1978 – June 5, 1984
Preceded by Post created
Succeeded by Edmundo B. Cea
Personal details
Born Arnulfo Palma Fuentebella
(1945-10-29) October 29, 1945 (age 69)
Goa, Camarines Sur
Nationality Filipino
Political party Nationalist People's Coalition
United Nationalist Alliance
Other political
Kilusang Bagong Lipunan
Spouse(s) Evelyn Buquid
Children Patricia Rinah F. Aldaba
Felix William "Wimpy" B. Fuentebella
Arnulf Bryan "Arnie" B. Fuentebella
Pamela Rinah B. Fuentebella
John Vincent B. Fuentebella
Eugene Adrian B. Fuentebella
Residence Abo, Tigaon, Camarines Sur (provincial)
Quezon City (Metro Manila)
Alma mater University of the Philippines
Profession Lawyer

Arnulfo P. Fuentebella (born October 29, 1945) was the Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives from 2000 to 2001. He is a former representative of the Third (now Fourth) District of Camarines Sur, more popularly known as the Partido District.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Arnulfo "Noli" Fuentebella was born in October 29, 1945 in Camarines Sur to former Representative and Governor Felix A. Fuentebella and Rita Palma.

He was educated in his home province and spent most of his life in scouting until he reached Life Scout. At the age of 15, Fuentebella was a Philippine delegate to the 50th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America in 1960.

He studied law at the University of the Philippines in 1970 and graduated being the 7th in his class and passed the Bar Exams in 1971.

Political and Professional Career[edit]

After he passed the Bar Exams, Fuentebella started a family with his wife Evelyn and pursued a career in law and banking, hoping that he could dismount the tiger of politics attached to his name.

But after President Ferdinand E. Marcos imposed martial rule and called for elections to the Interim Batasang Pambansa (IBP), Noli was chosen by the President to run in Congress to represent Partido.

He subsequently won the elections and served as an assemblyman in the IBP from 1978 to 1984. However, he lost his bid for a seat in the 1984 Regular Batasang Pambansa and used the hiatus to practice law in New York, where he was admitted to the State Bar. Then the EDSA Revolution happened and President Marcos fled into exile. As the Fuentebellas had been identified with the Marcoses, Noli opted to sit out the Cory Aquino years.

In 1992, political allies asked him to run again in Congress. Noli returned to the fray and won three consecutive terms as Congressman (1992-2001).


After then Speaker Manuel Villar, Jr. passed the President Joseph Estrada's Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, Fuentebella was elected Speaker after Estrada's allies in the House of Representatives motioned to make all positions in the House vacant; Fuentebella won the nomination.

On January 20, 2001, during the EDSA Revolution of 2001, Estrada left the Malacañan Palace and Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was sworn to the presidency at the EDSA Shrine by Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. Accompanying Davide were the chairs of the two houses of Congress, Aquilino Pimentel and Fuentebella. Four days later, on January 24, the Arroyo allies mustered enough votes to unseat Fuentebella, replacing him with Quezon City representative Feliciano Belmonte.


When Noli had served the maximum three consecutive terms as a congressman, his son Felix William/Wimpy took over for one term (2001-2004). In the interim, Noli took up post-graduate courses at the Kennedy School of Governance of Harvard University. Noli ran again for Congress and won three more consecutive terms (2004-2013).

He was very instrumental for the proposed creation of a new province to be called as Nueva Camarines, which will be composed of the Fourth and Fifth Legislative Districts of Camarines Sur.

In the 14th Congress of the Philippines, Fuentebella was elected Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines for Luzon.

Accomplishments as Legislator[edit]

Noli made numerous accomplishments to the country through legislation. Some of them are as follows:

External links[edit]

  • Building Institutions: The Fuentebella Legacy by Coylee Gamboa
  • Sunday Inquirer Magazine (Pushing for Nueva Camarines: A New Beginning)