Sunday, February 11, 2007

Mat's Biodata

(a.k.a. Mat Ranillo III)

Elementary: Lourdes School, QC
High School: St. Vincent's School, Dipolog City
San Sebastian College, Manila
College: PMI College, BS Customs Administration
City College of SFO, USA, Computer Info Systems
AIDE, BA Political Science
Center for Local and Regional Governance, NCPA UP Diliman

Professional Training:
Eric Morris Acting Course: Actor's Workshop Foundation 1996
Film Course 1st Art Film Summer Workshop: Mowelfund Institute 1999

Mr. Phil. Movies, Guillermo Awards 1977-1980
Best Supporting Actor 1978 FAMAS Awards
Best Actor 1979 FAMAS Awards

1979 Medal of BRAVERY by the PC Chief Fidel V. Ramos
1979 Recognition for HEROISM by QC Mayor Adelina Rodriguez

Board of Director KAPPT (Actors Guild) 1998-2000, 2000-2005
Chairman Screening Committee, Electoral College of the Film Academy of the Phils.
MTRCB Deputy (Movie and TV Review Classification Board)
TESDA Testing Officer OPA (Office of the Performing Arts)
SCFO, PCA (Small Coconut Farmers Org) Provincial Coordinator, ZDN
President, Gov. Matias Ranillo Sr. Foundation
Sustaining Member Phil. Band of Mercy (Cleft/Lip Palate Foundation)
Member PROLIFE Phils
Member AHFI (Alliance of the Holy Family International)
Member Defensores Fidei

Incumbent Governor Lando Yebes, Zamboanga del Norte
Incumbent Congressman (2nd District) Roseller Barinaga
The Jalosjos Political Family

Grandfather: Atty. Matias Castillion Ranillo Sr.
Former Governor Zamboanga Penninsula
Former Congressman Lone District Zamboanga del Norte

Father: Atty. Matias "Mat" Kaper Ranillo Jr.
(Ran for Congress but died due to a plane crash accident 2 months before the Nov. 1969 elections)
King of Visayan Movies
Former Chief Legal, Bureau of Customs

Mother: Gloria Sevilla-Cortez
Board Member MTRCB
Consultant, TESDA

Step-Father: Hon. Amado P. Cortez
Former Ambassador to the USA
Former Councilor of Quezon City

Uncle: 1.Atty. Miguel Kaper Ranillo
Former Board Member
Former Fiscal of Dapitan City

2. Pasual T. Martinez
First Mayor of Dipolog City

3. Pastor Ranillo Bajamunde
Former Mayor of Dipolog City

Cousin: Atty. Alan Michael Z. Ranillo
Former Councilor of Dipolog City
Current National President Philippines Jaycees

The Platform of Government

Mission-Vision Statement:

"I am running for Congressman in the 2nd district to lead a movement for change. I believe that leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing. All communities in the 2nd district of Zamboanga del Norte are provided with appropriate and adequate programs for Social Welfare, Education, Health care and Livelihood Programs."

  • The pursuit of a legislative agenda towards a populace that is socially-accepted, healthy, educated and has the capabilities to meet their basic needs.
  • The provision of more school buildings and other facilities and learning materials for the Elementary and Secondary schools.
  • The provision of more employable skills by strengthening the Formal and Non-Formal community-based Vocational and Technical Education Skills Development Capability to meet the demands of Industry and Agriculture in the second district of the province.
  • The development of community-based Health Organizations capable of providing Community Health Management Systems and affordable medicines.
  • The provision of appropriate Post-Harvest and Processing Facilities for Agriculture and Fisheries such as the Integrated Coconut Oil Mill and the "Blast Freezing" and "Contact Freezing" Cold Storages respectively.
  • The development of low investment but high impact community-based Ecological, Cultural and Historical Tourism that will attract more local and foreign tourists and create more local entrepreneurs and employment opportunities.
  • The creation of innovative programs such as micro-finance and enterprise clustering which will give birth to a corps of entrepreneurs in the 2nd district.
  • The provision of infrastructure development projects such as roads, bridges, public facilities and public markets, expansion of airport and ports, hospitals, irrigation and water systems and electricity projects.
  • The strengthening of agricultural programs by way of: providing various farming technologies and access to technological livelihood training, promoting the government's rice and corn programs, providing veterinary services to cattle, swine and poultry raisers and promoting integrated farming system.


Many have wondered, "why is Mat Ranillo III, a notable award-winning actor running for Congressman in Zamboanga del Norte?"

Just like acting, politics has been in his bloodline. His Grand father, Mat Ranillo Sr. was the long-time governor of the province and was responsible for separating Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur. His mother, Gloria Sevilla ran for public office in Cebu City. His father, the late Mat Ranillo Jr. died in a plane crash during the campaign period. He was running for Congress as well.

Having grown up in Dipolog city, he is familiar with the needs of the people. He is one with them in their fight to uplift their depressing situation. Moreover, even before he decided to run for office, he was able to provide the province with 2 school buildings, water systems for 12 barangays, agricultural inputs for farmers, computers, medicines, books, educational packages and other things that the people needed.

More importantly, the people have personally asked him to run. "It is overwhelming when people come up to you, crying because they are in dire need of your help. Even 20 pesos is a big deal to them. My heart goes out to the people. They see me as "Kristo" because of my image and it is a big responsibility because people expect me to be the miracle in their lives." -Mat Ranillo

THE CURRENT SITUATION- Zamboanga del Norte

Zamboanga del Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Zamboanga Penninsula Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Dipolog City and the province borders Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay to the south and Misamis Occidental to the east. The Sulu Sea lies to the northwest of Zamboanga del Norte.

Zamboanga del Norte is comprised of three districts and is subdivided into 25 municipalities and 2 cities (Dipolog-2nd dist. and Dapitan-1st dist.)

The locals of Zamboanga del Norte still live in poverty. Recently, Zamboanga del Norte has been named by NEDA as THE POOREST PROVINCE in the country. People still live without electricity, clean water, medicine and children have to walk as far as 5-10 kilometers a day to get to school. People called the "Subanons" still live in the mountains and do not have any access to roads, education or hospitals. Many have died because of fever and other minor illnesses due to the fact that medicine is unaccessible to them.

The people rely mostly on agriculture and commercial fishing to get by. However, bad weather and lack of livelihood have been a burden to the many farmers and fishermen of the province.

Mat Ranillo III-Picture