Famous Economists from Philippines

List of notable or famous economists from Philippines, with bios and photos, including the top economists born in Philippines and even some popular economists who immigrated to Philippines. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Filipino economists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These economists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known economist from Philippines is included when available.

This list features Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and more famous Filipino people in economics. 

This historic economists from Philippines list can help answer the questions "Who are some Filipino economists of note?" and "Who are the most famous economists from Philippines?" These prominent economists of Philippines may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Filipino economists.

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  • Augusto Santos
    Photo: U.S. Embassy in Manila / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    Augusto Santos is a Filipino career government official who served as acting Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority from 2005-2006, 2007-2008 and 2009-2010. He was educated at the University of the Philippines.
    • Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
  • Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III (born February 8, 1960) is a Filipino politician who served as the 15th President of the Philippines from 2010 until 2016. Aquino is a fourth-generation politician and the chairman of the Liberal Party from 2010 to 2016.On September 9, 2009, shortly after the death of his mother, Aquino officially announced that he would be a candidate in the 2010 presidential election. He was elected and on June 30, 2010 was sworn into office as the fifteenth President of the Philippines at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila, succeeding Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He ended his term on June 30, 2016, succeeded by Rodrigo Duterte. In 2013, Time named him one of the ...more
    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
  • Benjamin Estoista Diokno (born March 31, 1948) is the current Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, and Chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering Council. Prior to his appointment, he was the Secretary of Budget and Management under the same administration. He held the same position under President Joseph Estrada, from July 1998 until Estrada's ouster in January 2001. Diokno also served as Undersecretary for Budget Operations at the Department of Budget and Management, from 1986 to 1991, during the administration of President Corazon Aquino. On March 4, 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Diokno as the fifth Governor of the ...more
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Taal, Batangas, Philippines
  • Cielito Flores Habito (born April 20, 1953 in Cabuyao City, Laguna) or "Ciel" Habito is a Filipino economist, professor, and columnist. He served concurrently as the Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority and Socio-Economic Planning Secretary during the Ramos administration.He is one of the 1991 Ten Outstanding Young Men Awardees for Economics.
    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Philippines
  • Dante Canlas
    Photo: flickr / CC0
    Dante B. Canlas is a Filipino economist and mathematician. Currently a professor at the UP School of Economics at the University of the Philippines Diliman, he served as Socio-Economic Planning Secretary and concurrently Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority from 2001 to 2002 under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Dr. Canlas was also the Executive Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Kazakhstan, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Pakistan, and the Philippines from 2003 to 2004. He earned his B.S. in mathematics, M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of the Philippines, where he was a member of Upsilon Sigma Phi. He was Visiting ...more
    • Birthplace: Philippines
  • Diosdado Macapagal
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    Diosdado Pangan Macapagal Sr. (September 28, 1910 – April 21, 1997) was the ninth President of the Philippines, serving from 1961 to 1965, and the sixth Vice-President, serving from 1957 to 1961. He also served as a member of the House of Representatives, and headed the Constitutional Convention of 1970. He is the father of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010. A native of Lubao, Pampanga, Macapagal graduated from the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas, both in Manila, after which he worked as a lawyer for the government. He first won election in 1949 to the House of Representatives, representing a district in his ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1910-1997)
    • Birthplace: Lubao, Philippines