Tingting Cojuangco

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Margarita “Tingting” R. Cojuangco
Governor of Tarlac
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1998
Personal details
Born Margarita Manzano de los Reyes
(1944-04-29) April 29, 1944 (age 73)
Quezon City, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party United Nationalist Alliance (2012–present)
Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan
Spouse(s) Jose Cojuangco, Jr.
Children Mikee
Residence Makati City
Profession public servant
Military service
Allegiance Flag of the Philippines.svg Republic of the Philippines
Service/branch Philippine Army
Years of service 1989 - Present
Rank AFP Colonel Rank Insignia.jpg Colonel

Margarita "Tingting" de los Reyes Cojuangco (born Margarita Manzano de los Reyes on April 29, 1944) is a Filipino politician, philanthropist and socialite. She was the former Chairman of the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi) party and a member of the Council of Philippine Affairs (COPA). She is a columnist in The Philippine Star, and was a candidate for a seat in the Senate in the 2013 Philippine Senate Election. Cojuangco lost in the election. She is the aunt of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Margarita M. delos Reyes was born on April 29, 1944 to Geronimo delos Reyes and Lita Manzano. In 1962, she married Jose Sumulong Cojuangco, Jr., former Tarlac Representative and incumbent President of the Philippine Olympic Committee. She is mother to one of the popular equestriennes of the country, Mikaela "Mikee" Cojuangco (who is married to former Representative Dodot Jaworski. Their other children are Dr. Luisita "Liaa" Cojuangco-Bautista, (married to Emmanuel Bautista),Josephine "Pin" Cojuangco-Guingona (married to Francisco Javier Guingona), Margarita Demetria "Maimai" Cojuangco-Zini (married to Andrea Zini), and Regina Patricia Jose "China" Cojuangco-Gonzalez (married to Gino Gonzalez).


Tingting Cojuangco studied at the University of Santo Tomas, finished her Masters in National Security Administration (MNSA) at the National Defense College, and holds doctorate degrees in Criminology and Philippine History.


Tingting Cojuangco is the president of the Philippine Public Safety College, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. She was the Undersecretary for Special Concerns of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (March 10-September 24, 2004); She was the Governor of Tarlac province from 1992 to 1998, and the President of the Philippine Public Safety College for eight years. She served as a Presidential Assistant to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2004); full colonel, Reserve Forces of the Philippine Army (1989-present); and columnist of Philippine Star (1999-present).

She is known for her humanitarian projects and her work among Muslim communities. She has participated in the peace talks with the Moro National Liberation Front.

Tingting Cojuangco has also taken on Gawad Kalinga as her pet philanthropy.


  • Part of the Philippine Tatler's Who's Who of the Philippines, 2009
  • One of Harper's Bazaar's 100 Most Beautiful Women in the world, 1968


  1. ^ Saturnino M. Borras Pro-Poor Land Reform: A Critique - 2007 Page 166 "The landholding in this case involves a landlord who has special ties with the national ruling elites: Geronimo de los Reyes is the father of Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, who is the wife of Jose “Peping""

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