Senator Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara
is not just another politician’s son making his way into politics. The three-term lawmaker representing the province of Aurora was named one of the country’s The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in 2010, a prestigious award given to accomplished and promising Filipinos under 40 years old
Sonny was born on July 15, 1972, the second child of Senator Edgardo J. Angara and Gloria Manalang Angara. He finished his elementary and high school studies at the Xavier School, then left to study at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science. In 1994, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and International Relations, graduating with honors.
Sonny returned to the country to study law at the University of the Philippines, just like his father. Afterward, he went to the Harvard Law School where he obtained a Master of Laws degree in 2003. He became a delegate of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in 1994, and was once a business reporter for the Philippine Star. After passing the bar, Sonny worked as an Associate Attorney for litigation at ACCRA Law from 2001 to 2003.
He was thrust into the political limelight in 2004 when he ran and won as the representative of the lone district of Aurora, one of the youngest members of Congress then. He was re-elected in 2007 and 2010, and had served as Deputy Majority Leader.
As the present Chairman of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, Sonny aims to institute reforms to make education accessible to more Filipinos, as well as improve the quality of the country’s educational system. He is one of the authors of the Kindergarten Education Act which was recently signed into law.
Sonny has distinguished himself as one of the most productive legislators, having authored numerous bills and laws on education, good governance, health, tourism, environment, women and children’s rights, and tax and economic reforms.
Most recently, Sonny topped the list of “prolific and hardworking members of the House of Representatives” for filing the most
number of bills of national importance that were enacted into law.
In his home province, Sonny has funded scholarships and training opportunities, access to healthcare, infrastructure development, and financial assistance.
He has also partnered with various academic and socio-civic groups, such as Gawad Kalinga, the University of Asia and the Pacific, the University of the Philippines, GILAS-Ayala Foundation, Rotary Clubs, and the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to meet the province’s needs.
Sonny is an avowed family man, a hands-on dad who believes service starts in the family. He and wife Tootsy Echauz Angara have three children: Manolo, 8, Ines, 7, and Javier, 1.
Surrounded by family members and award organizers, Congressman Edgardo "Sonny" Angara receives from President Benigno Aquino III the The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) trophy for his outstanding performances and achievement as a legislator.
Outside lawmaking, Sonny has ventured into the academe as a law professor and faculty member at the College of Law of the New Era University, as well as at the School of Law and Jurisprudence of the Centro Escolar University.
Sonny and Tootsy Angara with children Ines, Manolo and Javier
As an Angara, Sonny is driven to achieve excellence and reform-oriented leadership. He carries the weight of a great legacy but has shown that not only can he bear it—he can also enrich it.
Sonny admits that he is what he is today because of his father. However, he is not just the young Angara or the son of a senator. His father himself
says that Sonny is different from him. Sonny, by all measures, is his own
Sen. Edgardo J. Angara, President Cory Aquino, Malaysia Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Rep. Sonny Angara