Isko Moreno is the screen name of Francisco Domagoso. He is a Filipino politician and actor who rose to fame and power from his humble beginnings as a scavenger during his childhood. In the Philippine mid-term election held on May 13, 2019, he defeated the well-entrenched former President Joseph Estrada to become the new mayor of Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
Real Name –> Francisco Domagoso
Screen Name –> Isko Moreno
Birthdate –> October 24, 1974 (Age 44)
Birthplace –> Tondo, Manila, Philippines
Father –> Joaquin Domagoso
Mother –> Rosario Moreno (from Allen, Northern Samar Province)
Children –> (5) Vincent Patrick (born 1998), Frances Diane (born 2000), Joaquín André (born 2001), Franco Dylan (born 2006), and Drake Marcus (born 2012)
Spouse –> Diana Lynn Ditan
Family Background and Childhood
Isko is the only child of Joaquin and Rosario Moreno from the poor province of Northern Samar in Eastern Visayas Region. The family was very poor because Joaquin’s meager salary as stevedore at Manila’s North Harbor was not enough to sustain the family’s financial needs. His mother was a plain housewife who earned small amounts of money washing clothes of well-off neighbors.
To help in the family’s budget, Isko went out on his own to look for ways to earn some pesos. He collected bottles, old newspapers and anything of value that can be sold to junk shops. Sometimes, he also picked up left-over foods from neighbors and restaurants to be recycled as the family’s dinner. Later, he began pushing his own cart to be filled with scraps.
Elementary – Rosauro Almario Elementary School
High School – Tondo High School
College – Philippine maritime Institute
Course – Marine Engineering (undergraduate)
College – University of the Philippines
Course – Local Legislation and Finance Course
College – Arellano University
Course – Bachelor of Laws
Others – Executive Education Program training at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University
While attending a funeral back in 1993, then 19 years old Isko was spotted by talent scout and producer Wawie Roxas who eventually became his manager. His first television project was teen drama anthology, Young Love, Sweet Love shown by the RPN-9. Later, he became a member of German Moreno’s “That’s Entertainment” show. Since then, he appeared in several television programs such as May Minamahal, Muntik Ka Ng Mahalin, Mga Anghel na Walang Langit, Bakekang, and Ligaw na Bulaklak. He was also cast in some films like Siya’y Nagdadalaga, Exploitation, Mga Babae sa Isla Azul and Misteryosa.
2020 – General Malvar
1999 – Misteryosa
1998 – Mga Babae sa Isla Azul
1997 – Exploitation
1997 – Siya’y Nagdadalaga
1994 – Muntik Na Kitang Minahal (as leading man to Claudine Barretto)
1993 – May Minamahal
June 30, 2019-present – Mayor, Manila
2018 – Undersecretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development
2017 – Chairman of the Board, North Luzon Railways Corporation (NorthRail)
2016 – Senatorial Candidate (Lost)
2007-2016 – Vice Mayor, Manila
1998–2007 – Councilor, First District of Manila (3 term)
Achievements and Awards
Education like scholarship, Environmental Protection, Livelihood, Affordable medicine, and Housing
Scandals and Controversies
On February 16, 2013, then vice mayor Isko Moreno and five councilors were arrested by the police due to alleged bingo operations held in a public place. He claimed that his arrest was politically motivated and that it was instigated by then Mayor Alfredo Lim. They were released later.