Darlene Antonino-Custodio

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Darlene Magnolia Antonino-Custodio
Mayor of General Santos City
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2013
Preceded by Pedro Jun Acharon Jr.
Succeeded by Ronnel Rivera
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from South Cotabato's First District
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2010
Preceded by Luwalhati Antonino
Succeeded by Pedro Acharon, Jr.
Personal details
Born Darlene Magnolia R. Antonino-Custodio
(1973-12-26) December 26, 1973 (age 41)
California, USA
Political party Liberal/AIM
Occupation Congresswoman
Website Official Website

Darlene Magnolia Antonino-Custodio (born December 26, 1973) was a former representative of the first district of South Cotabato and former mayor of General Santos City. She gained national fame for defeating her challenger, professional boxer seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao in the 2007 elections.

Darlene comes from New Manila, Quezon City. Her father and mother, Aldelbert and Luwalhati R. Antonino both served as mayor and house representative of General Santos City and South Cotabato. She is also the grandgrandaugher of Senators Gaudencio and Magnolia Antonino. She is married to Benjamin Custodio, a businessman.

Early Life & Education[edit]

Darlene was born on December 26, 1973 in California, USA. She is an American citizen by birth. She graduated high school at O.B Montessori, Manila in 1992. She finished her college degree in B.S. Business Management in De La Salle University-Manila in 1996. She holds a master's degree in Culinary Arts in the prestigious school Le Cordon Bleu in London, England.


She belongs to the NPC-AIM party and served as the House Deputy Minority Leader in the 13th Congress of the Philippines.

On May 14, 2007 elections, she defeated her challenger professional boxer seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, by more than thirty thousand votes.

On May 10, 2010, she ran for the mayorship of General Santos City and won.

On May 14, 2013,2013 Philippine mid-term elections, she was defeated by Councilor Ronnel Rivera in her bid for a second term as Mayor of General Santos City.


TV Appearances

  • 2007 Proudly Filipina
  • 2007 Upclose and Personal
  • 2008 Totoo TV


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