Lito Atienza is a respected and celebrated politician in the Philippines. He was born to a family of leaders and has managed to stay in the political scene for more than 30 years. How much do you know about this successful statesman?
Lito Atienza is among the wealthiest politicians in the Philippines. Currently, he is serving as the representative of the Buhay Party in the House of Representatives.
Name: Jose Livioko Atienza Jr.
Birthday: 10th August 1941
Lito Atienza age: 78 years
Zodiac sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Andres, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Political party: Buhay
Marital Status: Married
Religion: Christian, Roman Catholic
Eye color: Black
Hair color: Black/brown
Lito Atienza biography
Lito Atienza is a 78-year-old politician born on 10th Aug 1941 in the San Andres, Bukid district of Manila, Philippines. He was born to Filipino parents just four months before the World War II outbreak.
Some of Lito Atienza family members and relatives were also involved in politics. His father, Jose Atienza Sr. was a well-known civil servant to three presidents. Jose’s uncle Herminigildo Atienza was a World War II guerilla leader. He later became the Military Mayor of Manila after the war.
A second uncle, Rigoberto, was a Philippine army commanding general. He became Chief of Staff of the Philippine Armed Forces in the 1960s. His father had three brothers, and they all served as members of the Hunters resistance during the war.
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He attended his primary and high school at Ateneo de Manila University at the Basic Education Unit. He later joined the University of Santo Tomas. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.
Lito Atienza wife
Lito is married to Evalina Ilagan - Atienza. Their children are; Kim, Arnold, Lei, Maile and two others. Lito Atienza son, Kim is a TV host, and Arnold is a newscaster.
He started his political career in 1968 by organizing the Democratic Youth Movement. However, he was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 1984. He served the At-large Congressional District of Manila. Below are the political offices that he has held:
- 30th Jun 2013 – present: Congressman as a representative of Buhay Partylist
- 18th Jul 2007 – 28th Dec 2009: Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
- 27th Mar 1998 – 30th Jun 2007: Mayor, Manila
- 1992 – 1998: Vice Mayor, Manila
- 30th Jun 1984 – 25th Mar 1986: Mambabatas Pambansa (Assemblyman), At-large Congressional District of Manila
- 1988: General Manager, National Housing Authority
- 1971- 1981: Chief Information Officer under the Mayor Ramon Bagatsing administration
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Lito Atienza Maynila
Apart from politics. Jose is also a television host. He has hosted "Maynila", a Philippine television drama since 1998. The show is aired by GMA Network. His children Ali and Lei have also hosted the show in the past.
What are Lito's achievements?
He has been known to focus on community and social development. Lito has tried to improve the welfare of children and older people. Some of the significant Lito Atienza achievements include:
- He established the “Mahal Ko si Lolo, Mahal Ko si Lola” foundation in 1976.
- He founded “Kababaihanng Maynila” (The Women of Manila), in 1984. A women’s livelihood foundation.
- He established “Home for the Angels” in 1992 - a child care centre for abandoned and abused infants.
- He helped implement the Revive Manila program that helped in the renovation and restoration of Manila.
Lito Atienza net worth
As of 2020, his estimated net worth is between 1 million dollars and 5 million dollars. His primary source of income comes from being a politician. Although it is difficult to know his exact value, we know that he has acquired many assets over the years.
Earlier in May 2020, Lito expressed his displeasure on the shutting down of ABS-CBN. He blamed speaker Peter Cayetano. In a statement with ANC’s Headstart, He said;
“Kasalanan ni Speaker Cayetano ito. Pagkukulang niya ito sa bayan. He will have a lot to explain one day. It may not be today but later on, this issue will hound him because he’s the one who did not do his job even the President kept on reminding him do your job, magtrabaho na kayo aksiyunan n’yo yan. What did we do? Nothing,”
Atienza has an active social media platform. Of all his accounts, Facebook has the most considerable following of about 72,000 followers. His social media accounts are:
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Lito Atienza is among the most successful Filipino politicians. He has inspired many people with his work and service to the citizens. His regard for the elderly and abandoned children is something that will always be remembered.