Jose Miguel Arroyo

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José Miguel T. Arroyo
Jose Miguel Arroyo departing St. Luke's Medical Center (cropped).jpg
Arroyo in 2010, departing from St. Luke's Medical Center
14th First Spouse of the Philippines
In role
January 20, 2001 – June 30, 2010
PresidentGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Preceded byLoi Estrada
Succeeded byVacant (Kris Aquino, de facto)
Second Spouse of the Philippines
In role
June 30, 1998 – January 20, 2001
PresidentJoseph Estrada
Preceded byLoi Estrada
Succeeded byRuthie Guingona
Personal details
José Miguel Tuason Arroyo

(1945-06-27) June 27, 1945 (age 74)
Negros Occidental, Philippine Commonwealth
RelationsIgnacio Arroyo, Jr. (brother)
ChildrenMikey Arroyo
Luli Arroyo-Bernas
Dato Arroyo
ParentsIgnacio Lacson Arroyo and Lourdes Zaragoza Tuason
Alma materAteneo de Manila University
OccupationLawyer, First Gentleman, Second Gentleman

José Miguel "Mike" Tuason Arroyo (born June 27, 1945) is a former First Gentleman of the Philippines. A lawyer by profession, he is the husband of Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, The current House speaker of House of Representatives . This effectively makes him the only male Spouse of a President of the Philippines and Vice President of the Philippines.


Tomb of Arroyo's ancestresses, Jesusa Araneta-Lacson and María Teresa Arroyo, in the graveyard adjoining Santuario de Santo Cristo, San Juan, Metro Manila

Arroyo's great-great-grandparents were Ignacio Arroyo and Doña María Pidal, who had three children: Maria Beatriz del Rosario Arroyo (a candidate for sainthood in the Catholic Church); José María Arroyo; and Mariano Arroyo. José María became a senator in 1919, whilst Mariano was elected governor of the western province of Iloilo in 1928. Senator José María Arroyo and his wife, Jesusa Araneta-Lacson of Negros Occidental, produced seven children, one of whom was Ignacio Lacson Arroyo.

Ignacio subsequently married Lourdes Zaragoza Tuason and had two sons, José Miguel and his brother, Ignacio Arroyo, Jr.[1]

José Miguel wed María Gloria Macaraeg Macapagal in 1968, and the couple has three children: Juan Miguel ("Mikey"); Evangelina Lourdes ("Luli"); and Diosdado ("Dato"). Luli married former investment banker and director of the Ayala Foundation, J. Aloysius "Luigi" Bernas on November 5, 2008 in Tagaytay Highlands.[2]

Public life[edit]

Arroyo's major project whilst occupying the role of the First Gentleman was the sourcing of funds for the training of Filipino athletes in preparation for the 2005 Southeast Asian Games, for which the Philippines was the host nation. Beyond that, not much else is known.


The former First Gentleman's fragile health has been a public affair since April 9, 2007, when he underwent open heart surgery after being diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. The procedure lasted for ten hours but was considered successful, and 22 days after the operation, Arroyo had almost completely recovered and was discharged from hospital. However, Arroyo's health since 2007 has been described as "questionable", with serious abdominal pains resulting in an emergency landing in 2008, and another heart-related hospital visit in 2010.[3]


During the period his wife's rule, Arroyo became the main target of attacks, including those against his wife's administration, and his alleged involvement in a corruption scandal[4] led him to opt for voluntary exile as a management technique.[5]


  1. ^ "GMA NEWS.TV, Mike Arroyo's kin may become a saint – report". June 17, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  2. ^ ", Luli Arroyo marries Luigi Bernas in Tagaytay". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Angelo S. Samonte (March 25, 2010). "Mike Arroyo rushed to hospital". Global Balita. Archived from the original (Web page) on July 11, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Controversies involving First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo". Associated Press. February 8, 2009. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  5. ^ Mendez, Christina (July 8, 2005). "Wrong Arroyo went into exile — Pimentel". The Philippine Star. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Loi Estrada
First Gentleman of the Philippines
Second Gentleman of the Philippines
Title next held by
Ruthie Guingona