Dato Arroyo

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Dato Arroyo
Dato Arroyo - 16th Congress.jpg
Official portrait, 2013
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Camarines Sur's 2nd district
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2016
Preceded byLuis Villafuerte Sr.
Succeeded byLuis Raymund Villafuerte
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Camarines Sur's 1st district
In office
June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2010
Preceded byVacant
(post last held by Rolando Andaya Jr.)
Succeeded byRolando Andaya Jr.
Personal details
Diosdado Ignacio Jose Maria Macapagal Arroyo

(1974-09-04) September 4, 1974 (age 48)
Manila, Philippines
Political partyLakas/Lakas–CMD
Victoria "Kakai" Manotok
(m. 2003)
Parent(s)Jose Miguel Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
RelativesMikey Arroyo (brother)
Alma materAteneo de Naga University (BSBA)

Diosdado Ignacio Jose Maria "Dato" Macapagal Arroyo[1][2] (born September 4, 1974) is a Filipino politician who served as a member of the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2016. He represented Camarines Sur's 1st district from 2007 to 2010, and the 2nd district from 2010 to 2016. Born into the Macapagal family, his mother, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, served as the 14th president of the Philippines, while his grandfather and namesake, Diosdado Macapagal, was the 9th president.

Early life[edit]

Dato Arroyo was born on September 4, 1974,[citation needed] in Manila, and comes from a family of public servants. His father, Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo, is a descendant of the late former Senator Jose Ma. Arroyo of Iloilo and Gen. Aniceto Lacson who led the province of Negros in the revolt against Spain. His mother, Gloria Macaraeg Macapagal, is the daughter of the late former President Diosdado Macapagal whose name and ancestry can be traced to Lakandula.


Arroyo took his elementary and high school education at the Ateneo de Manila graduating in 1992. He finished his college education at the Ateneo de Naga University in October 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Legal Management.


Arroyo worked as one of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's speechwriters, and also served as an intern with the Ateneo Human Rights Center. He proudly considers himself a Bicolano by choice, and has been actively supporting programs for the Bicol Region since graduating from college, particularly in areas concerning the provision of basic needs, Bicol tourism and sports. Recognizing his efforts, he was officially made an Adopted Son of Camarines Sur in November 2004, Lived somewhere in Barangay Dayangdang and soon moved to Libmanan.

In 2005, Arroyo set up the Amigo Foundation, with the objective of helping out of those with less in life. The foundation has pushed for and promoted various livelihood, health, education, youth and sports programs not only within the Bicol Region, but around the country as well.

Aside from the founding the Amigo Foundation, Arroyo was also the president of the Metro Manila Chapter of the Ateneo de Naga Alumni Association, and the Chairman of the Bicol Regional Tourism Summit.

Political life[edit]

Promoting his platform of TKO, or "Tubig, Kalye, Oportunidad" in the 2007 elections, Arroyo ran and won as Representative of the First District of Camarines Sur, winning in over 80% of the barangays and leading by more than 30,000 votes over his nearest rival. In Congress, Dato is active as a member of 12 committees. He serves as Vice-Chairman in the Committees of Agriculture and Food, Youth and Sports Development, and Bicol Recovery and Development, making him the only first-term congressman with three vice-chairmanships. Aside from having a perfect attendance record in sessions, he has already filed numerous pro-poor bills and resolutions, including those on cheaper medicines, tax exemptions for minimum wage earners, and the use of agrarian land as collateral. He has consistently been chosen as one of the Most Outstanding Congressmen by various organizations and publications.

Personal life[edit]

Arroyo married banker Ma. Victoria "Kakai" Manotok on May 16, 2003. Their wedding sponsors included: actress-singer Sharon Cuneta, businessman Jaime Zobel de Ayala, and the House Speaker's wife, Gina de Venecia. Former presidents Corazon Aquino and Fidel V. Ramos were among the guests.[3]


  1. ^ Jarque, Edu (August 15, 2004). "Dato & Kakai Arroyo never leave home without a Swiss knife & a medical kit". Citizen of the World. The Philippine Star. Archived from the original on October 9, 2020. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  2. ^ "Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo". malacanang.gov.ph. Manila: Malacañang Palace - Presidential Museum and Library. Archived from the original on July 7, 2020. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Nocon, Paula (May 17, 2003). "Elegance, privacy mark Dato-Kakai wedding". The Philippine Star. Archived from the original on October 9, 2020. Retrieved October 9, 2020.