1981 in the Philippines
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1981 in the Philippines details events of note that happened in the Philippines in the year 1981.
- President: Ferdinand Marcos (Liberal)
- Prime Minister: Ferdinand Marcos (Liberal) (until June 30), Cesar Virata (Liberal) (starting June 30)
- House Speaker: Querube Makalintal
- Chief Justice: Enrique Fernando
- January 18 - Martial Law was lifted by President Marcos.
- February 12 - Pata Island, Sulu massacre.
- February 26 - A U.S. Air Force C-130 plane crashed into the South China Sea, near Subic Bay Naval Base, killing 23 of 24 American, Philippine, Australian, and New Zealand military personnel aboard.
- February 17-21 – Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines for his first papal visit.
- April 7 – National plebiscite and local plebiscites was held on April 7, 1981 in the Philippines. The majority of the Filipino people voted yes to the terms and constitutional amendments. All were in favor of the creation of the new municipalities in Bohol, South Cotabato and Zamboanga del Norte.
- June 16 – Presidential elections was held. Incumbent Ferdinand E. Marcos of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) defeated former Gen. Alejo Santos of the Nacionalista Party in a landslide victory garnering 88% of the votes. Most opposition parties boycotted the elections as a sign of protest over the 1978 elections for an interim Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly) which they condemned as fraudulent.
- July 1 - Tropical Storm Kelly lashed through the islands, killing 120 people in floods and mud slides.
- September 20 - The Philippine Navy destroyer 'Datu Kalantlaw' ran aground, killing at least 40 sailors.
- November 17 – Manila Film Center was collapsed, killing 169 workers.
- November 24 - Typhoon Irma battered the northern part of the island of Luzon, killing more than 50 people.
- December 6–15 – The 11th Southeast Asian Games were held for the first time in the Philippines at Manila. The Philippines ranked third with an over-all total of 187 medals.
- December 26 - Typhoon Lee swept across the Philippines, killing 50 people and leaving nearly 200,000 homeless.
Main article: 1981 in Philippine television
- January 19 - Paolo Bugia, basketball player
- March 7 – Rica Peralejo, actress
- March 22 – Karylle, actress, hosts
- April 21 – Luis Manzano, actor, hosts
- May 12 – Dennis Trillo, actor
- June 10 – Arwind Santos, basketball player
- June 20 – Maricar Reyes, Filipina actress, endorsement
- November 1 –
- November 3 – Mark Cardona, basketball player
- November 18 – Gian Magdangal, singer and actor
- July 6 - Fort Acuña, Filipino professional basketball player and coach (b. 1948)
- December 30 – Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (b. 1959)