Alfred Sison Romualdez was born in 1962 in San Juan, Manila. He is married to Tacloban City Councilor Cristina Gonzalez Romualdez with whom he has two daughters, Sofia and Diana. His father, Alfredo T. Romualdez is the brother of former first lady, Madame Imelda Romualdez Marcos, the wife of former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The Romualdezes are natives of Leyte, and call both Tolosa and Tacloban their hometown. The site where the famed Santo Niño Shrine (Romualdez Mansion) currently stands in Tacloban was where the Romualdez ancestral house was located.
Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez’s first stint in politics was as Congressman of the First District of Leyte from 1998 to 2001. He ran for his first term as Tacloban City Mayor in May 2007. He succeeded his father, Alfredo T. Romualdez, and has been the city mayor since then. Mayor Alfred, as he is fondly known, is on his third and last term as City Mayor of Tacloban.
In 2008, Mayor Alfred vigorously campaigned for the conversion of the City of Tacloban from a component city of the Province of Leyte to an independent highly-urbanized city. The campaign was largely successful, having been ratified unanimously by the people of Tacloban in a plebiscite held for that purpose. On December 2008, the City of Tacloban became a highly-urbanized city which paved the way for the City’s chartering its own course and progress as the country’s fastest growing city, before Typhoon Haiyan struck.