Isko Moreno

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Isko Moreno Domagoso
27th Mayor of Manila
Assumed office
June 30, 2019
Vice MayorMaria Sheilah Lacuna-Pangan
Preceded byJoseph Estrada
Undersecretary of Social Welfare and Development for Luzon Affairs
In office
May 11, 2018 – October 11, 2018
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Chairman of the Board of the North Luzon Railways Corporation (NorthRail) 
In office
July 1, 2017 – October 27, 2017
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Vice Mayor of Manila
In office
June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2016
Preceded byDanilo Lacuna
Succeeded byMaria Sheilah Lacuna-Pangan
Member of the Manila City Council from the 1st district
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
Personal details
Francisco Moreno Domagoso

(1974-10-24) October 24, 1974 (age 44)
Tondo, Manila, Philippines
Political partyAsenso Manileño
Other political
NUP (2016–present)
PMP (2014-2016)
UNA (2010–2014)
Nacionalista (2006-2010)
Diana Lynn Ditan (m. 2000)
ResidenceSanta Cruz, Manila
OccupationActor, Politician

Francisco Moreno Domagoso (born October 24, 1974) is a Filipino politician. He is the 27th mayor and a former Vice Mayor of the City of Manila, the capital city of the Philippines; and a former three-term councilor of the city's first congressional district. He is also a former actor, using the screen name Isko Moreno, who started as a matinee idol and later became known for his mature roles during his short stint in the "Titillating Films" genre that was prevalent in the country during the 1990s.[1]

Early life[edit]

Francisco is the only child of Joaquin Domagoso (a stevedore at Manila's North Harbor from Antique province) and Rosario Moreno (from Allen, Northern Samar).[2] He found alternative sources of income at the age of 10 by pushing a cart and going house-to-house to gather old newspapers and used bottles, then reselling them at a local junk dealer.[3] He also rummaged through restaurant garbage bins for leftover food, which his mother would recook for dinner.[1]


Domagoso caught the attention of talent scout Wowie Roxas in 1993 while attending a funeral in Tondo and was then persuaded to join show business.[2][4] He was part of That's Entertainment, a daily variety show featuring German Moreno's stable of aspiring teenage actors, under the screen name Isko Moreno.[1] His major break came in 1993 when he was cast in a cameo role in the romantic movie May Minamahal and became a leading man to Claudine Barretto in Muntik na Kitang Minahal a year later.[4]

He appeared in Siya'y Nagdadalaga, and has appeared in movies such as Exploitation, Mga Babae sa Isla Azul and Misteryosa .[5]

In 2005, during his third term as a councilor of Manila, he returned to acting as a kind-hearted priest in the television drama series Mga Anghel na Walang Langit .[4] He also had a brief appearance in 2007 in the television drama series Bakekang.[5] The following year during his first term as vice mayor, Domagoso had a supporting role in the afternoon soap opera Ligaw na Bulaklak.


Domagoso started his political career when he elected and sworn as councilor for Manila's first congressional district in 1998 and reelected in 2001 and 2004 respectively. In 2007, he later became vice mayor of the city. He took a crash course in Local Legislation and Local Finance at University of the Philippines.[2] He then studied public administration in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila) while fulfilling his alderman duties.[1] Moreno also attended leadership and governance courses at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. [6]

During his election campaign, he criticised what he called "black propaganda" by opponents, but did not pursue any charges.[7] Domagoso eventually won the elections, beating the closest rival by about 80,000 votes.[2]

Domagoso also serves as vice chairman of the Manila Historical and Heritage Commission and studies Law in Arellano University.[2][8]

In May 2012, Joseph Estrada, the former President of the Philippines, announced his intention to run for Mayor of Manila but only for one term in 2013. He ran with Domagoso, who was running for re-election as Vice Mayor.[9] Estrada said, "I’m done with the presidency in Malacañang. Now, I will be moving to the city hall of Manila." He drove his famous “Jeep ni Erap” from San Juan to his new house at Altura, Sta. Mesa, Manila to ceremonially launch his candidacy. He was joined by his wife, former Senator Loi Ejercito and Domagoso.[9] Domagoso said Manileños welcomed Estrada and his wife, adding that they will try to make their stay in Manila comfortable. “We are humbled that the former president of the Philippines will live and stay in Manila,” Domagoso said. “We are thankful he had chosen Manila,” he added.[9]

On February 16, 2013, Domagoso and other five councilors was arrested by the police, due to alleged bingo operations held in a public place, Domagoso denied the bingo game is in a public place in Sta. Cruz, Manila, and he believed that Mayor Lim was involved in his arrest, and the bingo game was not illegal. The day before, Lim and Estrada signed a "Peace Covenant" to prevent any election related violence in the City of Manila.[10]

In 2016, Domagoso announced that he would run for Senator of the Philippines. He lost in his bid, placing 15th overall.

On July 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte appointed him as the chairman of the board of the North Luzon Railways Corporation (NorthRail) until his resignation in October 2017.[11] In May 2018, he was appointed by Duterte as Undersecretary for Luzon Affairs at the Department of Social Welfare and Development. On October 11, 2018, he officially resigned from his post to run for Mayor of Manila in the 2019 elections.[12]

On May 13, 2019, Domagoso won the mayoralty of Manila, over incumbent Joseph Estrada via a landslide win of close to 150,000 votes more than Estrada. Domagoso was officially proclaimed winner by the City Board of Canvassers the following day, May 14, 2019.[13] Joseph Estrada conceded defeat also on the evening of 13 May.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Domagoso is married to his non-celebrity girlfriend, Diana Lynn Ditan since 2000. They have five children.


  1. ^ a b c d Ancheta, Michael (July 15, 2007). "Actor-turned vice mayor Isko Moreno pursues his true calling". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2008-02-09.
  2. ^ a b c d e Lo, Ricky (June 3, 2007). "The Saga of Super Isko". Archived from the original on July 9, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "The story of Isko Moreno on Maalaala Mo Kaya". Sun.Star Manila. August 26, 2004. Archived from the original on February 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ a b c Bautista, Mario (September 24, 2005). "part of "JEANETTE JOAQUIN: SHE PREFERS HER WOMAN LOVER"". Archived from the original on April 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ a b Isko Moreno's profile,
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  7. ^ Hidalgo, Wheng (May 2, 2007). "Manila vice-mayoral bet hits foes' black propaganda". Archived from the original on July 9, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ Official website of the City of Manila, Vice Mayor section
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  11. ^ Ranada, Pia (July 19, 2017). "Isko Moreno is chairman of North Luzon Railways Corp". Rappler. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  12. ^ Tomacruz, Sofia (October 11, 2018). "Isko Moreno resigns from DSWD, eyes running for Manila mayor". Rappler. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Danny Lacuna
Vice Mayor of Manila
Succeeded by
Ma. Sheilah H. Lacuna-Pangan
Preceded by
Joseph Estrada
Mayor of the City of Manila