Risa Hontiveros is a popularly known Filipino activist, journalist and politician. She is one of the people who have impacted positively in Filipino politics thanks to her firmness and strong will.
Risa is currently serving as a senator of the Philippines. At some point in her life, she also served as a news anchor. Here is more to this political legend in the Filipino government.
Risa Hontiveros profile summary
- Full name: Ana Theresia Navarro Hontiveros Baraquel
- Celebrated name: Risa Hontiveros
- Date of birth: 24th February 1966
- Place of birth: Manila Philippines
- Risa Hontiveros age: 54 years
- Nationality: Filipino
- Ethnicity: White
- Height: 5 feet 5 inches
- Marital status: Married
- Profession: Activist, journalist, politician
- Net worth: $0.6 million
Risa was born on 24th February 1966 as Ana Theresia Navarro Hontiveros Baraquel in Manila. Not much is known about Risa Hontiveros family. However, she was brought up by Ramon P Hontiveros (father) together with her sister Pia Hontiveros.
Hontiveros joined St. Scholastica’s College Manila-Grade school and graduated in 1987. She received her secondary school education at the same institute and graduated in 1983. During her senior year at St. Scholastica College Manila-Grade School, she successfully organized the Nuclear Disarmament Group (NDG).
She joined Ateneo de Manila University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences. She also emerged as the Departmental Awardee. In October 2004, Risa completed her Diploma course in Managing Arts Program at the Asian Institute of Management.
Risa Hontiveros husband
Risa got married to the love of her life Francisco Baraquel Jr. in 1990. Unfortunately, the marriage came to a sudden end in May 2005 after the death of her husband. Francisco suffered and succumbed from a heart attack that resulted from severe asthma.
Before the death of Francisco, the couple had been blessed with four lovely children. Ianna, Issa, Sinta, and Kiko are the four Risa Hontiveros children
Hontiveros made her first appearance on television through a student canteen while she was at the age of 14 years. Between the period of 1987 and 1989, she served as the co-host for the program that was broadcasted in RPN Channel 9 dubbed Street Pulse.
Later on, she worked as an executive producer and co-host for several channels such as PTV-4, ABS-CBN, IBC-13, and GMA-7. In 1990, she worked as the TLP Production Inc. managing partner. In the same year, she was a member of the National Peace Conference.
In 1992, she worked as the secretary-general of the Coalition for Peace. From 1992 to 1998, she worked as a news anchor for GMA Network News alongside Marga Ortigas, Mari Kaimo, and Vicky Morales.
In 2004, she entered into politics as a representative of the AKBAYAN Party. She was a member of the following committees:
- Higher and technical education
- Ethics and privileges
- Human rights
- Trade and industry
- Good governance and public accountability
- Foreign affairs
- Women and gender equality
Here is a list of Risa Hontiveros accomplishments:
- 1994 - Kapisanan ng Mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas Golden Dove Awards for the Best Female Newscaster
- 2001 - Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for advocating for peace
- 2005 - Nobel Peace Prize nomination
- 2017 - Love Gala Ripple Award for HIV-AIDS awareness
- 2018 - Lagablab Network Equality Champion Award
- 2019- Silver Rose Award for social justice
Risa Hontiveros net worth
She has successfully created a name for herself through her career as a politician. She has built a lucrative household name, thus gaining support from fans across the world.
This has made her one of the high-profile politicians whose net is estimated to stand at roughly $0.6 million.
Risa Hontiveros latest news
The latest news revolves around Risa Hontiveros Philhealth probe on the misuse of funds. The senator called for urgent and comprehensive investigations on the funds used by the Philippine Health Corporation (PhilHealth).
This came after the allegations revealing that the funds might have been used in paying for non-existence dialysis patients.
This scheme not only steals funds from the government but may have also led to the deaths of people who would have otherwise benefited from PhilHealth's programs. A response from government is needed, said Risa.
Risa Hontiveros remains as one of the individuals who have aided in enacting numerous positive changes in the Filipino government due to her activism. She has also worked in varying capacities, where she has gained multiple awards as well. Despite the death of her husband, she has remained strong and steady in all her undertakings.