Mar Roxas is the grandson of President Manuel Roxas and the son of the late Senator Gerardo Roxas.
A middle child, he related in one of his speeches, “I have my older sister, Ria, and she is the favorite because she is the eldest and she’s a girl.
“My younger brother Dinggoy was also the favorite because he was the youngest, he was cute, and he was fairer.
“And I, as the middle child, always felt like I was forgotten.”
A family portrait: (clockwise) Mar, the matriarch Judy Araneta-Roxas, Ria, Gerardo Jr. or Dinggoy, Gerardo Sr.
It was actually his brother who was then being groomed to follow in the footsteps of their dad and grandfather.
But Dinggoy died in 1993, six years after he first entered politics as representative of Roxas’ first district.
That was the year Mar, who was then working as assistant vice president of New York-based investment bank Allen & Company, decided to run for office.
Now here are eight interesting facts about this politician who earned his economics degree from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
1. He is a no-frills guy.
His wife Korina once told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “Kung ano yung meron, that will do. So halimbawa, ballpen, hindi siya yung tipo na bibili ng mamahalin. Ang importante, sumusulat.”
2. He has a temper, most of his critics say.
But in an interview with Ricky Lo, Mar said, “We all have tempers, sometimes, it’s just being tired, short-fused on other days, much longer fuse on some days.
"So I think the secret is to sort of call a timeout.”
A former staff of Mar described him this way, "What you see is what you get. If galit siya, galit siya. If ayaw niya, ayaw niya.
"He can be very frank. He doesn't know how to sugarcoat or kiss ass or mambola.
"Pag nakita mo siya and you ask for a photo, he would normally oblige. But expect times when he would refuse."
3. He is a Datu.
He was conferred the title by the Federation of the Royal Sultanate of Lanao, which, according to Philippine Daily Inquirer, is composed of 16 royal houses this year.
4. He usually has five hours of sleep, and wears "an old T-shirt."
5. No matter how busy he is, Mar makes time for father-son bonding with Paolo.
They only have one rule: Do not be late.
One of the many things the Yale student learned from his father, “You don’t waste other people’s time..."
6. Mar is into Plants and Zombies, a game he likened to economics.
7. He loves dogs.
He and wife Korina have three: a black Labrador named Goya and two Schnauzers Kolette and Chelsea, his favorite.
8. Aside from eating, reading, and watching DVDs, Mar goes scuba diving whenever he has free time.