Raffy Alunan III is a Filipino politician and business executive. In the election of 2016, he ran for senator under Bagumbayan Party of Senator Richard Gordon and supported the candidacy of now President Rodrigo Duterte. He lost with less than 2 million votes which placed him above the 25th place. In 2019, he again ran for senator and lost despite the strong endorsement of the sitting president.
Complete Name –> Rafael Moreno Alunan III
Nickname –> Raffy
Birthdate –> May 17, 1948
Birthplace –> Manila, Philippines
Residence –> New Manila, Quezon City
Grandfather –> Rafael Alunan Sr. – Former cabinet member
Wife –> Elizabeth Jalbuena
Children –> 5
Family Members –> Alexi Alunan-Sarmiento, Cristina Alunan-Gatmaitan, Barni Alunan-Escaler, Carlo Gatmaitan, Katrina Alunan-Gonzalez, Amina Aranaz-Alunan (daughter-in-law), Mark Escaler, Robin Sarmiento, Bong Gonzalez, and Rafa Alunan (son).
Religion –> Catholic
Family Background and Childhood
Raffy came from a rich family. His grandfather was a high government official during the American period and who also served as minister during the commonwealth era and again under the Japanese-sponsored government during World War II. The family owns an agricultural company that is engaged in growing sugarcane in Negros Occidental. He himself owns high-valued real estate properties in Bacolod City where he spent most of his childhood.
High School – La Salle Bacolod
College – De La Salle University
Graduate – MBA at the Ateneo de Manila University and MPA at Harvard University
Chairman – Alunan Realty Company Inc.
Independent Director – Pepsi-Cola Philippines
Non-Executive Director – NLEX Corporation
Director, Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) Inc., Sun Life Financial Plans, Inc., and Sun Life Balanced Fund, Inc.
1999-2007 – President – First Philippine Infrastructure Development Corp
1999-2004 – President, Maynilad Water Services Inc.
1992-1996 – Secretary, Department of Interior and Local Government
1991-1992 – Secretary, Department of Tourism
1989-1991 – Undersecretary, Department of Tourism
1987-1989 – President, General Reliance Corp and Vice President of Filsyn Corp.
1975-1989 – President, Rafael Alunan Agro-Development Corporation
Achievements and Awards
On June 25, 1992, he was awarded Outstanding Achievement Medal by then incoming President Fidel Ramos.
Raffy is a member of Kilosbayan, a non-governmental organization that promotes good governance.
Scandals and Controversies
No convertroversy for Rafael Alunan III.