Francisco Domagoso is the current vice mayor of Manila, Philippines and a former three-term councilor of the city's first congressional district. He was also an actor, using the screen name Isko Moreno, who became known for his mature roles in the "Titillating Films" genre that was prevalent in the country during the 1990s.
Domagoso is the only child of Joaquin Domagoso (a stevedore
at Manila's North Harbor) and Rosario Moreno (from Allen, Northern Samar
). Being out of wedlock, he and his mother were often neglected financially. Because of their plight, his mother taught him to be resourceful and fend for themselves amidst the tough, lower-class Tondo
neighborhood. He found alternative sources of income at the age of 10 by pushing a cart and go house-to-house to gather old newspapers and used bottles then reselling them at a local junk dealer. He also rummaged through restaurant garbage bins for leftover food, which his mother would recook for dinner.
Show business career
Domagoso caught the attention of talent scout Wowie Roxas in 1993 while attending a funeral in Tondo and was then convinced to join show business
. He was part of That's Entertainment
, a daily variety show featuring German Moreno
's stable of aspiring teenage actors, under the screen name Isko Moreno. He got his major break in 1993 when he was cast in a cameo role in the romantic movie May Minamahal
(Loving Someone) and eventually became a leading man to Claudine Barretto
in Muntik na Kitang Minahal
(I Almost Loved You) a year later.
He eventually ventured into mature movies, mostly as lead actor. Moreno's first "titillating film" as with Aya Medel in Siya'y Nagdadalaga (She's Reaching Puberty), and has appeared in similarly-themed movies such as Exploitation and Mga Babae sa Isla Azul (The Women of Azul Island). Moreno's last mature movie was in 1999 with Glydel Mercado in Misteryosa (Mysterious Woman).
In 2005, during his third term as a councilor of Manila, he returned to the spotlight as a kind-hearted priest in the television drama series Mga Anghel na Walang Langit (Angels Without a Heaven). He also had a brief appearance in 2007 in the television drama series Bakekang. The following year, Moreno has a supporting role in afternoon soap opera Ligaw na Bulaklak.
Domagoso was inspired to pursue public service
through his humble beginnings. He ran for office despite only graduating from high school
and eventually served three consecutive terms (or nine years) as a councilor for Manila's first congressional district. He admitted having difficulty expressing himself in English
during sessions which would make him a laughing stock
among his political rivals. This mockery challenged him to take a crash course in Local Legislation and Local Finance at University of the Philippines
. He then studied Public Administration
in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
(University of the City of Manila) while fulfilling his alderman duties.
During his campaign for Manila's vice mayor in 2007, posters of Domagoso wearing only a speedo—depicting his softcore past—were distributed in the city. He cried foul over what he called a "black propaganda", but did not pursue any charges. Domagoso eventually won the elections, beating the closest rival by about 80,000 votes.
Domagoso also serves as vice chairman of Manila Historical and Heritage Commission and studies as a law student in Arellano University.
He is married to Diana Lynn Ditan. They have four children namely Vincent Patrick (born 1998), Frances Diane (born 2001), Joaquin Andre (born 2002), and Franco (born 2006).