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Fidel Ramos

Fidel Ramos 01Fidel Valdez Ramos was born on March 18, 1928 in Lingayen, Pangasinan. His father, Narciso Ramos (1900-1986), was a lawyer, crusading journalist and 5-term legislator of the House of Representatives, who eventually rose to the position of Secretary of Foreign Affairs. As such, Narciso Ramos was the Philippine signatory to the ASEAN declaration forged in Bangkok in 1967 and was one of the founding fathers of the Liberal Party. His mother, Angela Valdez-Ramos (1905-1977), was an educator, woman suffragette and daughter of the respected Valdez clan of Batac, Ilocos Norte making him a second degree cousin to Ferdinand Marcos. He took his elementary education in Lingayen and secondary education at the University of the Philippines Integrated School and Centro Escolar University Integrated School.

In 1946, Ramos, barely months after enrolling in the Philippines’ National University, joined the Philippine Military Academy as cadet and won a government scholarship to the United States Military Academy in West Point. He pursued further studies in engineering following his graduation from West Point in 1950, obtaining a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering in the University of Illinois, where he was also a government scholar in 1951. He is a licensed civil engineer in the Philippines, passing the board exams in 1953 and finishing in the top 10. In 1960, he topped Special Forces-Psy Operations-Airborne course at the United States Army Infantry School at Fort Benning.

Ramos also holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Ateneo de Manila University.

In his military career, Ramos rose from 2nd Lieutenant infantry platoon leader in the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) in 1952 during the Korean War to Chief of Staff of the Philippine Civil Action Group to Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. He is instrumental in founding the Philippine Army Special Forces, an elite paratroop unit skilled in community development as well as fighting communist insurgents.

Other Information

  • Born : March 18, 1928
  • Birthplace: Lingayen, Pangasinan
  • Birth name : Fidel Valdez Ramos
  • Also nown as : FVR
  • Father: Narciso Rueca Ramos
  • Mother: Angela Valdez-Ramos
  • Nationality : Filipino
  • Ethnic Affiliation : Ilocano and Pangasinense
  • Schoolos Attended :
    • Philippine Military Academy
    • Philippines’ National University (1946)
    • Bachelor of Science, US Military Academy, West Point, New York (1950)
    • Masters Degree in Civil Engineering in the University of Illinois (1951)
    • Associate Infantry Company Officers Course, Fort Benning Georgia (1955)
    • Special Forces/Psychological Operations/Airborne Course, Fort Bragg, North Carolina (1960)
    • Master of National Security Administration, National Defense College of the Philippines (1969)
    • Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Ateneo de Manila University (1980)
    • Command and General Staff Course, Phil. Army CGSC (1985)
    • Doctor of Humanities honoris causa, Mindanao State University (1983)
    • Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, Lyceum University (1986)
    • Centro Escolar University (1987)
    • Philippine Women’s University (1997)
    • Doctor of Technology honoris causa, AIT (February 20, 1998)
  • Political party : Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats
  • Other political affiliations :
  • Spouse : Amelita Martinez Ramos
  • Children:
    • Josephine “Jo” Samartino Ramos
    • Carolina “Cbula” Sembrano Ramos
    • Cristine “Cristy” Jalasco Ramos
    • Gloria “Margie” Ramos
  • Profession : Soldier, Civil Engineer, Statesman
  • Religion : United Methodist


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