Benjamin Romualdez

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Benjamin Trinidad Romualdez
Former Governor and Ambassador Benjamin "Kokoy" Romualdez on his 81st birthday
Governor of Leyte
In office
December 30, 1967 – March 25, 1986
Personal details
Born(1930-09-24)September 24, 1930[1]
Manila, Philippine Islands
DiedFebruary 21, 2012(2012-02-21) (aged 81)
Makati, Philippines
Political partyKilusang Bagong Lipunan (1978–1986)
Nacionalista (1967–1978)
Spouse(s)Juliette Gomez
ChildrenDaniel Romualdez II
Benjamin Romualdez, Jr.
Ferdinand Martin Romualdez
Marean Romualdez

Benjamin "Kokoy" Trinidad Romualdez (September 24, 1930 – February 21, 2012) was a Filipino politician who served as Governor of Leyte and later appointed as ambassador to the United States, China and Saudi Arabia.[2]

He was a younger brother to former First Lady Imelda Marcos and the father of former Representative Martin Romualdez.[2]

Personal life[edit]

The son of the late Vicente Orestes Romualdez, a former dean of the law school of St. Paul’s College in Tacloban City, Kokoy Romualdez began his career in politics after serving as an assistant of then Speaker Daniel Romualdez from 1957 to 1961. He was a younger brother to former First Lady Imelda Marcos and the father of former Rep. Martin Romualdez. He was married to Juliette Gomez and children, Daniel, a practicing architect in New York, and partner Michael; Benjamin Philip, president and chief executive officer of Benguet Corp., who is married to Inquirer president and CEO Maria Alexandra; Ferdinand Martin, who is married to Yedda Marie; Marean, an investment banker, and husband Thomas; sisters Imelda Marcos, Alita Martel, Conchita Yap and brothers Alfredo and Armando.

Political Life[edit]

Romualdez embarked on his own career in the diplomatic service and in politics spanning more than 20 years. He served several terms as Leyte governor. His brother-in-law, President Ferdinand Marcos appointed him as ambassador to China, Saudi Arabia and the United States while serving as Leyte governor until 1986, when his family went into exile following the People Power Revolution. He was later elected as a member of the Batasang Pambansa in 1984 but preferred to remain as ambassador to the United States, therefore was disqualified to sit in the parliament.

He was instrumental in the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China in the 1970s, becoming Manila’s first ambassador to Beijing.

Known for his organizational skills, Romualdez paved the way for the state visits of President Marcos to various countries, including the United States.[2][failed verification]


Governor Romualdez Funeral

He died on the afternoon of February 21, 2012 of cancer, at Makati Medical Center in Makati City, Philippines at the age of 81.


  1. ^ Pedrosa, C.N. (1969). The Untold Story of Imelda Marcos. Tandem Publishing Company. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  2. ^ a b c Dinglasan, Rouchelle R. (2012-02-21). "Kokoy Romualdez, powerful younger brother of Imelda Marcos, dies at 81". GMA News. Retrieved 2012-02-22.