Thursday, June 29, 2006


Flashback! Sen. "Mar" Araneta Roxas

Hi! everyone:

Just for your info(FYI):

Senator Manuel "Mar" Araneta Roxas garnered the highest number of votes during the last Senatorial Election. He is presently the Araneta bloodline who occupies the highest position in government service.

While the First Gentleman, Mike Arroyo is a great grandson of Jesusa Araneta Lacson de Arroyo and husband of incumbent President "GMA".

These parientes and their immediate families attended the first and/or second Araneta Family Grand Reunion/s.

Kind regards...dinggol..
(this story was taken from

Roxas matriarch elated
over son's Senate bid
Posted:0:51 AM (Manila Time) | Dec. 14, 2003
By Raj Padilla
Inquirer News Service

ILOILO CITY -- There could be no prouder mom than Judy Araneta-Roxas, widow of the late Senator Gerardo Roxas, and mother of former Trade Secretary and now Senate aspirant Manuel "Mar" Roxas II.

Ms Roxas told the Inquirer on Friday how happy she was to find her eldest son inching closer to the footsteps of his father, a former senator, and grandfather, the late President Manuel Roxas.

"I think that is his vision. I will support him all the way -- his plans, ambitions and passions,'' said Roxas of the wealthy Araneta clan.

She said destiny has always been in Mar's favor and if luck comes his way always, he would even be more thriving in his chosen public career.

"Mar is a very dedicated person. Whatever he does, he does it with so much passion. God has given him so many blessings. He's intelligent. But he's biggest gift of all is that, his heart is in the right place -- the desire to help," she said.

According to her, Mar wanted to become a senator so he can continue serving his people on a national scale.

"On a macro level, he wants to be of help to the greater majority. You have to be in a higher position to be able to do that," she said.

Judy was here as an honored guest of former Iloilo Representative Albertito Lopez and his wife, erstwhile Guimaras Representative and Governor Emily Lopez, at the Christmas party of the Lopez-run Taos Puso Foundation in Zarraga town, Iloilo province last Friday.

When her chance to speak came, Judy appealed to thousands of people in attendance to give her son a chance to serve them better.

She told them that Mar knows the concerns of even the ordinary Filipino, the reason why he earned the monicker, Mr. Palengke, while serving as trade secretary.

"He believed that the market is a microcosm of life, particularly in our country. Whatever happens in the market, happens in the Philippines but in a different dimension," she said.

Roxas, 46, was a Capiz provincial representative when deposed President Joseph Estrada assigned him the trade portfolio in 1998. He resigned though before Estrada was removed from power through a popular uprising. But President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo re-appointed him.
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