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Arnold Ilagan Atienza (born September 29, 1972), also known as Ali Atienza, is a politician, athlete, and newscaster. He was the Presidential Adviser on Youth Affairs from 2005 to 2007 and was concurrently the head of the Manila sports development office and inner city development program from 2001 to 2007. He is the youngest of two sons of former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, the other being weatherman Kim Atienza.
Atienza first gained fame as a gold medalist for the Philippines taekwondo national team in the 1990s. On March 28, 2007, he formally filed his papers as candidate for Mayor of the City of Manila during the May 14, 2007 mid-term elections. He lost to former Sen. Alfredo Lim for the 2007 mayoralty race, and had conceded to Lim.
Ali graduated from De La Salle University with the degree BS in Physics, with specialization in Computer Applications, (1989–1994), and earned from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila his master’s degree in Government Management. He was the lone gold medalist in the 1994 Asian Taekwondo Championships at the age of 21.
In 2001, he became the youngest chairman of the Manila Sports Council (MASCO) which hosted the Manila Youth Games, the MY National Invitational and Manila Marathons. He is a former anchor of IBC Express Balita from 2004 to 2007. On November 30, 2010, he was inaugurated as a barangay captain in San Andres, Manila after winning the barangay elections.
In 2013, he became the number one councilor in the fifth district of Manila garnering more than seventy thousand votes considering he ran semi-independent and joined a local party(KABAKA) instead.
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