Curriculum Vitae


Rigoberto D. Tiglao


  • Since  January 2013, columnist at the  The Manila Times Mondays, Wednesdays,  and Fridays
  • Columnist of The Philippine Daily Inquirer, October 2010 – January 2013
  • Philippine Ambassador to Greece and Cyprus, May 2006 – October 2010
  • Head, Presidential Management Staff, August 2004 – April 2006
  • Presidential Chief of Staff, December 2002 – July 2004
  • Presidential Spokesman with Cabinet Rank, April 2001 to November 2002
  • Press Secretary, April 2002 – November 2002
  • Senior vice president and Editor-in-Chief of (now, the website of the Philippine Daily Inquirer), September 2000– March 2002.
  • Philippine Daily Inquirer regular columnist,  September 2000– March 2002.
  • Manila Bureau Chief and Correspondent of the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER), 1989 to 2000  (FEER, based in Hongkong was the most prestigious international magazine on Asia, owned by Dow Jones).
  • Business editor and columnist of the Manila Chronicle, 1986 to 1989.
  • Reporter, Business Day, 1981 to 1986.


  • Fellow, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan, May to Oct. 2002
  • Fellow, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, 1988-1989
  • Ten Outstanding Young Men for Print Journalism, 1992 by the Philippine Jaycees
  • Best Economic Journalist for Asia, 1991 by the Mitsubishi Corp. Foundation.
  • Best News Reporter, 1983 by the Catholic Mass Media Awards


  • Conceptualized, and one of the founders of, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.
  • President, Foreign Correspondents’ Association of the Philippines, 1997-1998 term. Conceptualized and undertook the FOCAP’s now yearly Annual Conference on the Philippines.


  • The Philippine Coconut Industry: Export-Oriented Agricultural Growth. Davao City: ARC Publication, 1984.
  • “The Coconut Industry,” in Political Economy of Philippine Commodities, Quezon City: University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center. 1983.
  • “The Consolidation of the Dictatorship”, in Javate-de-Dios, Aurora et. al, eds. Dictatorship and Revolution: Roots of People’s Power. Metro Manila: Conspectus Foundation, 1988.
  • “Rebellion from the Barracks” in Kudeta:  The Challenge to Philippine Democracy. Makati: Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, 1990.
  • “The Dilemmas of Economic Policymaking in a ‘People-Power’ State,” in Timberman, David, ed., The Politics of Economic Reform in Southeast Asia:  The Experiences of Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, Makati:  Asian Institute of Management, 1992.
  • “The Economy: Restoration and Global Incorporation” in Looking Back, Looking Forward: 1996, Manila:  Foundation for Worldwide People Power, 1995. (A project of Philippine Daily Inquirer founding chair Eugenia Apostol.)


Ateneo de Manila and the University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy


Birth: August 27, 1952
Widower of Raquel Edralin-Tiglao
Children: Andrea Raquel, Alexandro Kalayaan, and Ben Siddharta.
Married Getsy Selirio  April 13, 2002

Political Prisoner, Camp Crame, Camp Aguinaldo and Camp Bonifacio: March 1973 to December 1974.



  1. Good day Sir!

    I am Mary Adelaine Reyes, Legal Management student of the Faculty of Arts and Letters from the University of Santo Tomas. I am hoping to could get your opinion concerning our study entitled “The Effect of a Two-Term Presidency to the Performance of the Philippines.” I prepared few questions regarding the matter, I’m kindly asking permission if I can send it to you through this email.

    Thank you Sir! Your knowledge on this matter would be a great help. God bless!

  2. Dear Mr. Tiglao,

    With this message, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jamie Davidson. I’m an Associate Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. I’m currently conducting research on rice policies in SE Asia and in connection with this, I’ll be arriving in Manila next week. If you have the time, it would be GREATLY appreciated if we could meet and I could ask you a few questions about rice policies and politics in your country. I have done some research on the topic, but have lots more to learn.

    On a personal note, my wife and Vinia Datinguinoo of PCIJ are close friends from their UP days.

    Thank you for your attention.

    Jamie Davidson
    Associate Professor
    National University of Singapore

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