Ace Durano

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Ace Durano
Official portrait, 2013
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Cebu's 5th district
In office
June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2016
Preceded byRamon Durano VI
Succeeded byRamon Durano VI
In office
June 30, 1998 – November 29, 2004
Preceded byRamon D. Durano III
Succeeded byRamon Durano VI
Secretary of Tourism
In office
November 30, 2004 – June 30, 2010
PresidentGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Preceded byRoberto Pagdanganan
Succeeded byAlberto Lim
Personal details
Joseph Felix Mari Hotchkiss Durano

(1970-04-03) 3 April 1970 (age 52)
Cebu City, Philippines
Political partyPartido Pilipino sa Pagbabago (2021–present)
Liberal (2012–2021)
Lakas–CMD (2004–2007)
Nationalist People's Coalition (1998–2012)

Joseph Felix Mari "Ace" Hotchkiss Durano[1] (born April 3, 1970) is a Filipino politician who served as Secretary of Tourism under President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He was also general manager of the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA), being appointed by Arroyo in 2008.[2]

Political career[edit]

He also served twice as the Representative of Cebu's 5th congressional district: from 1998 to 2004 and from 2013 to 2016.[citation needed]

He was one of the youngest to be elected representative to the 11th congress (1998-2001). He was an Assistant Majority Floor Leader and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Trade and Industry during that time.[citation needed]

In the 2022 local elections, Durano challenged incumbent governor Gwendolyn Garcia for the governorship of Cebu and lost. He ran alongside incumbent vice governor Hilario Davide III as his running mate.[3]


Durano was convicted of graft by the Sandiganbayan over the development of the Department of Tourism 2009 wall calendar, worth PhP 2.7 million, which failed to undergo public bidding.[4] He filed a motion for reconsideration but it was denied by the court in February 2022.[5] The case is currently under appeal before the Supreme Court.[6]


  1. ^ Garcia, Patrick (April 1, 2019). "Former DOT Secretary faces graft charge". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on November 7, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
  2. ^ "Ace Durano gets second gov't post as tourism authority head". GMA News Online. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Ex-tourism chief Ace Durano to challenge Gwen Garcia in Cebu gubernatorial race". Rappler. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  4. ^ Mayol, Ador Vincent (2 December 2021). "Ex-DOT chief Ace Durano convicted of graft over 2009 project". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  5. ^ Semilla, Ador Vincent Mayol (2022-02-22). "Court affirms conviction of ex-tourism chief Ace Durano". Retrieved 2022-07-17.
  6. ^ Antojado, Le Phyllis F. "Sandigan sustains Durano's graft conviction". Retrieved 2022-07-17.

External links[edit]

Ace Durano on Instagram