Amelita Ramos

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Amelita Ramos
First Lady of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1998
Preceded by Imelda Marcos
Succeeded by Loi Estrada
Personal details
Born (1927-12-29) December 29, 1927 (age 86)
Manila, Philippines
Spouse(s) Fidel V. Ramos
Children Angelita Ramos-Jones
Josephine Ramos-Samartino (†2011)
Carolina Ramos-Sembrano
Cristina Ramos-Jalasco
Gloria Ramos
Religion Protestant
(United Church of Christ in the Philippines)

Amelita "Ming" Martinez-Ramos (born December 29, 1927)[1] is the wife of Fidel V. Ramos–the twelfth President of the Philippines–and was the eleventh First Lady of the Philippines from 1992[2] to 1998.

As First Lady[edit]

In many ways, Ramos was a remarkable Presidential spouse, despite possessing a rather retiring character. Many past bearers of the title remained housebound homemakers, albeit as hostesses of Malacañang Palace; Ramos raised some eyebrows in conservative circles when despite her husband's accession following the three-way 1992 elections, she refused to resign as registrar at the International School Manila's old Makati campus.[3] Her newfound high social status aside as consort to the head of state, she dutifully reported to the registrar's office much to the delight of female professionals.

She was a particularly visible advocate of sport, a field not traditionally undertaken by First Ladies. An active sportswoman herself, she was most associated with badminton, having served as president of the Philippine Badminton Association. Her achievements in the environmental field are considerable as well, having campaigned for the rehabilitation and conservation of the Pasig River, which received prominent attention during her husband's rule. She continues to be active in efforts devoted to the Pasig.

Personal life[edit]

Aside from being a sportswoman, Ramos is also recognised as a talented amateur pianist, performing on several occasions with the Executive Combo Band of Raul Manglapus. She also received considerable public sympathy in 1993, when the Philippine Daily Inquirer published a front-page story revealing an alleged past affair between her husband and the socialite Baby Arenas. Ramos kept a dignified silence, and the scandal has had no visible impact on her decades-long marriage.

In the early hours of 27 January 2011, Ramos' daughter, Josephine Ramos-Samartino, died of lung cancer at the age of 54 at The Medical City in Pasig, Metro Manila. The former President admitted shortly after that Josephine, the second of their five daughters, was a smoker for 25 years who had only disclosed her illness to the family five weeks before her death.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Melandrew T. Velasco (2008). Simply Ming: The Life Story of First Lady Amelita 'Ming' Martinez Ramos. Media Touchstone Ventures Inc. p. 21. 
  2. ^ "Ramos takes office, tackles Manila crises". Kentucky New Era. AP. June 30, 1992. p. 3. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Moral, Cheche (12/08/2008). "Candid Ming in tell-all book". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 19 August 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Hernández, Zen (27 June 2011). "Jo Ramos a smoker for 25 years: FVR". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
Honorary titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Imelda Marcos
First Lady of the Philippines
1992–1998
Succeeded by
Loi Estrada