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Nacionalista Party

Nacionalista Party

Partido Nacionalista
PresidentManuel Villar
ChairmanCynthia Villar
Secretary-GeneralAlan Peter Cayetano
FounderManuel L. Quezon
Sergio Osmeña
FoundedApril 25, 1907; 113 years ago (1907-04-25)
HeadquartersStarmall EDSA-Shaw 4F, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
Youth wingYoung Nacionalistas (YN)
Political position
National affiliationCoalition for Change
ColorsNational colors:
     Red,      blue, and      white
     Light green
SloganAng Bayan Higit sa Lahat
(The Nation Above All Else)
Seats in the Senate
Seats in the House of Representatives
Provincial governorships
Provincial vice governorships
Provincial board members

The Nacionalista Party (Filipino: Partido Nacionalista) is the oldest political party in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia, responsible for leading the country throughout the majority of the 20th century since its founding in 1907, being the ruling party from 1935 to 1946 (under Presidents Manuel Quezon and Sergio Osmeña), 1953-1961 (under Presidents Ramon Magsaysay and Carlos P. Garcia) and 1965-1972 (under President Ferdinand Marcos).


The Nacionalista Party was initially created as a Filipino nationalist party that supported Philippine independence until 1946 when the United States granted independence to the country.[1][6][7] Since then, many scholarly articles that dealt with the history of political parties during the Third Republic agreed that the party has been increasingly populist,[4][5][7][9][10] although some argued they had conservative[1][8] tendencies because of their opposition to the Liberal Party and the Progressive Party. The populist ideology of the party remained to present day as described on their website.


The original Nacionalista Party that was founded on August 21, 1901 in Calle Gunao, Quiapo, Manila, was forgotten. In that Quiapo Assembly, the following officers of the true Nacionalista were elected, namely Santiago Álvarez and Pascual Poblete as presidents; Andres Villanueva, vice president; Macario Sakay, secretary general; Francisco Carreón, Alejandro Santiago, Domingo Moriones, Águedo del Rosario, Cenón Nicdao, Nicolás Rivera, Salustiano Santiago, Aurelio Tolentino, Pantaleón Torres, Valentín Diza, Briccio Pantas, Lope K. Santos, Pío H. Santos, Salustiano Cruz, Valentín Solís and José Palma.

The party began as the country's vehicle for independence, through the building of a modern nation-state and the advocacy of efficient self-rule, dominating the Philippine Assembly (1907-1916), the Philippine Legislature (1916-1935) and the pre-war years of the Commonwealth of the Philippines (1935-1941). During the Japanese occupation, political parties were replaced by the KALIBAPI.

By the second half of the century, the party was one of the main political contenders for leadership in the country in competition with the Liberals and the Progressives during the decades between the devastation of World War II and the violent suppression of partisan politics of the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship.

In 1978, in a throwback to the Japanese occupation, political parties were asked to merge into the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, although the Nacionalistas preferred to go into hibernation. Eventually, the party was revived during the late 1980s and early 1990s by the Laurel family, which has dominated the party since the 1950s. The Nacionalista Party is now being led by party president and former Senator Manuel Villar and had three vice presidential candidates running independently or in tandem with other political parties (Alan Peter Cayetano, Bongbong Marcos and Antonio Trillanes) in the 2016 general elections. Two of the other present parties, the Liberal Party and the Nationalist People's Coalition, are breakaways from the Nacionalista Party.[1]

Electoral performance


Election Candidate Number of votes Share of votes Outcome of election
1935 Manuel L. Quezon 695,332 67.99% Won
1941 Manuel L. Quezon 1,340,320 81.78% Won
1946 Sergio Osmeña 1,129,996 45.71% Lost
1949 José P. Laurel 1,318,330 37.22% Lost
1953 Ramon Magsaysay 2,912,992 68.90% Won
1957 Carlos P. Garcia 2,072,257 41.28% Won
1961 Carlos P. Garcia 2,902,996 44.95% Lost
1965 Ferdinand Marcos 3,861,324 51.94% Won
1969 Ferdinand Marcos 5,017,343 61.47% Won
1981 Alejo Santos (Roy wing) 1,716,449 8.25% Lost as main wing boycotted
1986 N/A N/A N/A Supported Corazon Aquino who won
1992 Salvador Laurel 770,046 3.40% Lost
1998 N/A N/A N/A Did not take part
2004 N/A N/A N/A Supported Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who won
2010 Manuel Villar 5,573,835 15.42% Lost
2016 N/A N/A N/A Supported Rodrigo Duterte who won

Vice president

Election Candidate Number of votes Share of votes Outcome of election
1935 Sergio Osmeña 812,352 86.91% Won
1941 Sergio Osmeña 1,445,897 92.10% Won
1946 Eulogio Rodriguez 1,051,243 47.38% Lost
1949 Manuel Briones 1,184,215 46.08% Lost
1953 Carlos P. Garcia 2,515,265 62.90% Won
1957 José Laurel Jr. 1,783,012 37.91% Lost
1961 Gil Puyat 1,787,987 28.06% Lost
1965 Fernando Lopez 3,531,550 48.48% Won
1969 Fernando Lopez 5,001,737 62.76% Won
1986 N/A N/A N/A Supported Salvador Laurel who won
1992 Eva Estrada Kalaw 255,730 1.25% Lost
1998 N/A N/A N/A Did not take part
2004 N/A N/A N/A Supported Noli de Castro who won
2010 N/A N/A N/A Supported Loren Legarda who lost
2016 N/A N/A N/A Supported either Alan Peter Cayetano, Bongbong Marcos or Antonio Trillanes who all lost


Election Number of votes Share of votes Seats won Seats after Outcome of election
1916 See seats after
1919 See seats after
1922 See seats after
Split into Osmeña bloc (12) that won and Quezon bloc (3) that lost
1925 See seats after
1928 See seats after
1931 See seats after
1934 See seats after
1941 See seats after
1946 7,454,074 41.2%
1947 10,114,453 45.0%
1949 8,900,568 36.6%
1951 13,266,643 59.1%
1953 9,813,166 39.8%
1955 17,319,389 67.6%
1957 13,273,945 47.2%
1959 17,160,618 50.1%
1961 17,834,477 45.1%
1963 22,983,457 50.2%
1965 21,619,502 43.8%
1967 30,704,100 62.8%
1969 32,726,305 60.8%
1971 24,819,175 42.6%
1987 N/A N/A N/A N/A Took part as member of GAD
1992 14,499,923 5.3%
1995 N/A N/A N/A N/A Did not take part
1998 N/A N/A N/A N/A Did not take part
2001 770,647 0.3%
2004 N/A N/A N/A N/A Did not take part
2007 27,125,724 10.1%
Nacionalista-led coalition
2010 49,585,503 16.7%
Split as two supported the PMP-led coalition, but both lost
2013 45,100,266 15.3%
Liberal-led coalition
2016 2,775,191 14.4%
Split, PDP-Laban-led coalition and lost
2019 60,955,374 16.01%
Split, NPC-led coalition

House of Representatives

Election Number of votes Share of votes Seats Outcome of election
Split into Quezon bloc (35) that won and Osmeña bloc (29) that lost
Split into Quezon bloc (70) that won and Osmeña bloc (19) that lost
1946 908,740 37.84%
1949 1,178,402 34.05%
1953 1,930,367 47.30%
1957 2,948,409 61.18%
1961 3,923,390 61.02%
1965 3,028,224 41.76%
1969 4,590,374 80.00%
1978 688,130 0.33%
1987* 1,444,399 7.19%
Lakas ng Bansa-led coalition
1992** 730,696 3.92%
Lakas-NUCD-UMDP-led coalition
1995* 153,088 0.79%
Lakas-NUCD-UMDP-led coalition
1998* 4,412 0.02%
Did not take part
2001 N/A N/A N/A Did not take part
Lakas-CMD-led coalition
Lakas-CMD-led coalition
2010 3,872,637 11.35%
Liberal-led coalition
2013 2,340,994 8.49%
Liberal-led coalition
2016 3,512,975 9.42%
PDP-Laban-led coalition
2019 6,554,911 13.73%
Nacionalista-led coalition

*It does not include candidates who ran as under a Liberal Party ticket along with another party.
**In coalition with PDP-Laban

Notable Nacionalistas


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politics and government of
the Philippines

Throughout their careers, many of the country's politicians, statesmen and leaders were in whole or in part Nacionalistas. Notable names include the following:


Most of these individuals embody solid political traditions of economic and political nationalism are pertinent today, even with the party's subsequent decline.

Current party officials

Some members of the House of Representatives and Senate include--but are not limited to--the following:

Nacionalista-affiliated parties

Candidates for Philippine general election, 2010

Senatorial Slate (11)

Candidates for Philippine general election, 2013

Senatorial Slate (3) (Team PNoy)

Candidates for Philippine general election, 2016

Vice President:

Senatorial Slate

Candidates for Philippine general election, 2019

Senatorial Slate (3) (Hugpong ng Pagbabago)

Nacionalista Party presidents

Term Name
1907-1935 House Speaker Sergio Osmeña
1935-1944 President Manuel L. Quezon
1944-1953 President Sergio Osmeña
1953-1964 Senator Eulogio Rodriguez
1964-1980 Senator Gil Puyat
1980-1989 Former House Speaker José Laurel, Jr.
1989-2003 Vice President Salvador Laurel
2003-present Former Senate President Manuel Villar

Controversy over dominant-minority status

In the 2010 general election, the Nacionalista and the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) formed an alliance after it was approved by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on April 12, 2010.[16] The Nacionalistas fielded Senator Manuel Villar and running with fellow Senator Loren Legarda who is a member of the NPC. It became the dominant minority party after a resolution passed by the COMELEC. On April 21, 2010, it was blocked by the Supreme Court after a suit filed by the rival Liberal Party.[16] On May 6, 2010, the Supreme Court nullified the merger and therefore giving the Liberal Party to be the dominant minority party. It was based on a resolution by the COMELEC giving political parties to be accredited by August 17, 2009.[17]

The coalition was made to help the Nacionalista Party to help boost the presidential campaign of Senator Villar and have a chance to be the dominant minority party by the COMELEC which give the rights to poll watchers during the canvassing of votes.[18] However, it is being challenged by the Liberal Party calls the said alliance a bogus alliance and they are seeking the same party status by the COMELEC.[16] Several local races are also being challenged from both parties, therefore causing confusion in those races.[18]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Dayley, Robert (2016). Southeast Asia In The New International Era. Avalon Publishing. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Guillermo A. Historical Dictionary of the Philippines. Maryland, USA: Scarecrow Press. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  3. ^ Teehankee, Julio (2016). "Weak State, Strong Presidents: Situating the Duterte Presidency in Philippine Political Time". Journal of Developing Societies. 3 (3).
  4. ^ a b Bertrand, J. (2013). Political Change in Southeast Asia. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  5. ^ a b c Berneo, N.; Yashar, D. (2016). Parties, Movements, and Democracy in the Developing World. New York: Cambridge University Press USA.
  6. ^ a b Liow, J.; Leifer, M. (1995). Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Southeast Asia. New York: Routledge. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Celoza, A. Ferdinand Marcos and the Philippines: The Political Economy of Authoritarianism. Connecticut, USA: Greenwood Publishing Group. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Philippine Journal of Public Administration, Volumes 34-35 (1990). UP College of Public Administration. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  9. ^ Simbulan, D. (2005). The Modern Principalia: The Historical Evolution of the Philippine Ruling Oligarchy. Quezon City: UP Press.
  10. ^ Del Rosario, Simon G. (1973). An Integrated Course on Communism and Democracy. SGR Research & Pub.
  11. ^ Laurel was member of the NP before 1942 and from 1945-1959. During his tenure as President, he was affiliated with KALIBAPI.
  12. ^ During the 1946 presidential election, Roxas, who is a member of the liberal-wing of the NP, formed the Liberal Party and eventually moved there.
  13. ^ Moved to the Liberal Party during the 1946 presidential election.
  14. ^ In 1978, Marcos left the NP and formed his own political party known as the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL).
  15. ^ Estrada was a member of the NP during his term as Senator. In 1991, he formed his own party known as the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).
  16. ^ a b c Alvarez, Kathrina (April 12, 2010). "NP-NPC coalition formally granted (5:15 p.m.)". Sun.Star Cebu. Retrieved 2010.
  17. ^ Torres, Tetch (May 6, 2010). "SC nullifies NP-NPC coalition". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on May 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  18. ^ a b Maragay, Fel V. (March 1, 2010). "NP-NPC coalition complicates fight in the local level". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 2010.

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