First Lady of the Philippines

Louise Araneta-Marcos, wife of President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr., is the First Lady of the Philippines.  She is a lawyer, professor, devoted wife and a mother of three sons.

Early Life and Family

Louise Araneta-Marcos was born on 21 August 1959 in Manila, Philippines to Manuel “Manolet” Ledesma Araneta Jr. and Milagros Azaola Cacho.

Her father was born on December 8, 1926 in Iloilo City but grew up in Bago, Negros Occidental.  He was often referred to a “twinkle toes” because he would prance around the basketball court whenever there was a tournament.  He was a member of the 1948 London Summer Olympics for basketball.

Her mother was born on January 16, 1930 in Manila.  She is the daughter of Jesus Cacho and Rosario Barlow Azaola.

Both her parents are connected politically.

Her father is the first cousin of Judy Araneta-Roxas, wife of Senator Gerardo Roxas — the son of President Manuel Roxas.  Her mother’s youngest sister, Rosario Cacho, was married to Pedro Cojuangco, the eldest brother of President Corazon Aquino.

She is known to many as “Liza”, or by her initials “LAM”.

She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1981.  Subsequently, she earned her law degree from the same university in 1985.  In 1989, Liza enrolled in post-graduate classes in Criminal Procedure at the New York University.


Liza first met President Bongbong Marcos, her then would-be husband, in New York City while studying and working there as a lawyer in 1988.  They got married at the San Francesco Convent in Fiesole, Italy on 17 April 1993.

Sana makilala niyo siya katulad ng pagkakakilala ko sa kanya. Mabait talaga si Bong. I can’t even begin to say how intelligent and kind he is.


Interviews of the Wives & Children of the 2022 Presidential Candiates” with Boy Abunda, 9 March 2022

Starting a Family

The couple have three sons : Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” (born on 7 March 1994), Joseph Simon (born on 25 November 1995) and William Vincent “Vinny” (born on 17 May 1997).


Liza Araneta-Marcos is both a lawyer and a professor.  In September 2019, she worked at M & Associates law firm, where she was a founding partner.  She was also a founding partner at MOST law firm (Marcos, Ochoa, Serapio & Tan) where she worked from 2006 until January 2019.

As a law professor, Liza taught a wide range of subjects for over two decades: Administrative Law, Alternative Dispute Resolutions, Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, Criminal Law I, Criminal Law II, Criminal Law Review, Criminal Procedure, Election Law & Law on Public Officers, Evidence, Intellectual Property, Legal Ethics, Natural Resources & Environmental Law, Practice Court 1, Remedial Law Review, Special Proceedings, Transportation and Trial Technique.

Liza was a law professor in a number of universities across the country such as :

  • Mariano Marcos State University
    Ilocos Norte, Philippines
    2018 – 2020
  • St. Louis University
    Baguio City, Philippines
    2014 – 2018
  • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
    Manila, Philippines
    2010 – 2014
  • Northwestern University College of Law
    Ilocos Norte, Philippines
    1998 – 2006
  • Far Eastern University College of Law
    Manila, Philippines
    1996 – 1998

The 2022 Presidential Elections

Liza is known to be a very private person.  Before becoming First Lady, she preferred to lend her support to her husband’s role in public service quietly and in the background.

For the 2022 Presidential elections, however, Liza decided to publicly support her husband’s campaign, and remained focused amid the noise brought about by the campaign.  Her extraordinary skills in organization and logistics management were crucial in the Presidential bid of her husband.

“She knows how to put a group, a team together, find good people, put them in the right place, motivate them properly, and she’s always been good at that.”

President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.

“In Private, Presidential Interviews” with CNN’s Ruth Cabal, 26 April 2022

She was a significant voice of reason in the campaign of then Presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos.  Working with a deserving candidate and a committed team of enthusiastic campaign volunteers, Liza and her team helped Bongbong Marcos win the May 2022 Presidential elections by an overwhelming majority of 58.77% or more than 31.6 million votes.

First Lady of the Philippines

As the First Lady, Louise Araneta-Marcos will continue to support to her husband in her own little way.  This is the first time that the Philippines has a First Lady who is also a lawyer.  The country has not had an official First Lady in over two decades.

Liza plans to continue teaching in a public school in order to hone the skills of aspiring lawyers.  As in the past, the compensation she receives for her work will be used to defray the cost of the Bar Examination of her students.  She hopes that this project will be conducted on a larger scale in order to provide the country with competent lawyers.  Liza also intends to support free legal clinics for the benefit of the underprivileged.

Given her extensive experience in the field of education, part of her advocacy will be to increase the quality of education in public schools.

People who have worked for President Bongbong Marcos and First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos over the years have witnessed how they bring out the best in each other.  The Philippines has a dedicated and very capable First Couple committed to work for the best interest of the Filipino people.


Liza is a staunch advocate of providing access to education, especially to the underprivileged.  As a law professor, she believes that everyone has the potential to become a topnotch lawyer if provided with the necessary guidance and support.  Liza is also known to be advocate for women’s rights, championing causes that provide equal opportunities for women.

Official Events as First Lady

Closing ceremony.
PSG Grandstand, Manila, Philippines | 9 August 2022