Who was Arturo Macapagal?

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 12 2015 12:59 AM | Updated as of Aug 12 2015 11:06 AM

President Diosdado Macapagal surrounded by his family. Clockwise: daughter Gloria, son Diosdado Jr., wife Evangelina, son Arturo and daughter Cielo. Malacanang Photo.

MANILA - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's brother, Arturo dela Rosa Macapagal, passed away Tuesday morning.

Macapagal had been confined at the Makati Medical Center for prostate cancer.

Arroyo was supposed to visit his brother at the hospital in a five-hour furlough from 3 to 8 p.m., but Arturo died ahead of his sister's visit.

The Sandiganbayan 1st Division allowed Arroyo to leave the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to attend her brother's wake at Heritage Park in Taguig from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Arturo was the son of President Diosdado Macapagal from his first wife, Purita dela Rosa.

The Macapagal brood is composed of Arturo and Cielo from Purita, and Gloria and Diosdado Jr. from first lady Evangeline Macaraeg Macapagal.

A biography from the Macapagal family website states the following:

Art or Arthur was the second child and eldest son of the late President Diosdado Macapagal from the latter’s first wife Purita dela Rosa, who passed away when Art was just a year old.

Purita was a younger sister of the matinee idol Rogelio dela Rosa. His elder sister Cielo Macapagal-Salgado was vice-governor of Pampanga from 1989 to 1992 and from 1995 to 1998.


When Art was five years old, his father Diosdado married Evangelina Macaraeg. President Gloria-Macapagal-Arroyo and Diosdado Macapagal Jr. are his sister and brother from this union.

Art was a very active and excellent student. He graduated from San Beda in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in business management, cum laude. During his last year in college, Art was president of the student council.

After graduating from college, Art continued his education and received his master’s degree in business management in 1971 from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). He was the first president of its student association and the first chairman of its alumni association.


Art ventured into a career in business and management, where he flourished and made a name for himself, having been an executive of top Philippine and foreign companies.

He was the president and chief executive officer of Toyota Pasong Tamo, one of Toyota’s largest dealers. He was also chair of Majal Properties Inc. and Melandrex Holdings Inc.

Art was also very active in different organizations, such as the Financial Executives Institute (FINEX) and the Management Association of the Philippines.

In 1979, the AIM Alumni Association gave Art the prestigious triple-award for Outstanding Achievements in Management.

In 1995, the San Beda Alumni Association, on the occasion of the Centennial of the Benedictine Monks in the Philippines, honored Art with the Centennial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business and Management.


Art was also a consummate athlete. He represented the country in target shooting competition for more than two decades, including two Olympics – Munich (1972) and Montreal (1976).

In 1972, Art was able to establish a national record in Olympic free pistol that remained unbroken for 21 years, the longest in the history of the country’s shooting sport. He also held the record in air pistol for many years.

In 1973 and 1974, he was an All-around Filipino Sports Awardee of the Philippine Sportswriters Association.

Because of his contribution and dedication to the sport of target shooting, the Philippine Olympic Committee honored him as the Most Outstanding Shooter for the Decade of 1980.


Dedication to work and to sports did not deter Art from his social and community responsibilities.

Believing the value of education, in 1963, Art together with some friends organized the Scholarship Foundation of the Filipino Youth, a scholarship foundation that grants college scholarship to talented but financially handicapped high school students, where he served as chairman.

He was also a trustee of St. Anthony College of Technology in Mabalacat, Pampanga.

He was also a member of Habitat Philippines, an organization that builds houses for the poor.

An offer of a life of public service came early to Art when in 1971, the late governor Jose Lingad asked Art to run for governor of Pampanga.

In 1987, he was also asked by the late Governor Bren Guiao to be congressman and in 1989 to be his vice-governor.


Art’s family life was equally successful, to say the least, to his professional life.

Art was happily married to Ma. Therese Jalandoni, who comes from Iloilo. Mariter, as his wife is called, is the executive directress of St. Joseph Cupertino School for Special Children and a senior professor at Miriam College.

Mariter has a master’s degree in special education and a doctorate degree in education administration from the University of the Philippines.

Art and Mariter had three children: Andrei, who is a special child; Alex, who also has an MBM from AIM and is now with Land Bank of the Philippines, president of Melandrex Holdings Inc. and treasurer of Toyota Pasong Tamo; and Ma. Elizabeth, who obtained her master's degree in social psychology degree from Claremont Graduate School in the United States and doctorate in psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Ma. Elizabeth is married to Juanito C. Mercado and has two children, Angela and Matthew. She teaches at the Ateneo de Manila's department of psychology.