Jose Francisco Benitez Biography

Jose Francisco Benitez is a Filipino politician. He is currently serving as congressman of the third legislative district of Negros Occidental Province.

In the May 13, 2019 election, he ran for congressman under the ruling PDP-Laban Party unopposed. He ran for re-election in 2022 and defeated Toto Bernard Ferraris of Reform PH Party.

Personal Information
Complete Name –> Jose Francisco Bantug Benitez
Nickname –> Kiko
Birth Date –> June 18
Hometown –> Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Family
Wife – Charlotte Kuo
Children – 3
Father –> former Deputy Minister of Human Settlements Jose Conrado “Joly” Benitez
Mother –> Former Executive Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Betty Bantug-Benitez
Brother –> Current Bacolod Mayor and Former Congressman Alfredo Abelardo Bantug Benitez
Grandfather –> Atty. Simplicio A. Palanca, Founder of Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation (Bredco)
Grandmother –> Former Victorias Mayor Remedios Palanca-Bantug
Relatives –> Victorias City Mayor Javi Benitez and Vice Mayor Abelardo D. Bantug III

Education
Elementary – Xavier School, San Juan City, Metro Manila
High School – Ampelforth College, York, United Kingdom
College – Cornell University
Degree – Comparative Literature (summa cum laude) and English (cum laude)
Master – Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Doctorate – Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Political Career / Work Experiences
2019-Present – Congressman
2010-2019 – President, Philippine Women’s University (PWU)
* Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Bayanihan Folk Arts Foundation
* Member, Board of Trustees, Philippine Air Force Educational Fund Inc.
* Assistant Professor, University of Washington-Seattle

Achievements and Awards
2017 – Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education given by World Education Congress, CMO Asia and CMO Council, Le Meridien Singapore

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See also: Famous People from Negros Occidental

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