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
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 Philippine President Fidel Ramos and was the eleventh First Lady of the Philippines from 1992[2] to 1998.

In many ways, Mrs Ramos was a remarkable Presidential consort, despite possessing a rather retiring character. Many past bearers of the title remained housebound homemakers, albeit as hostesses of Malacañang Palace. Mrs Ramos thus raised some eyebrows when despite her husband's election in 1992, she refused to resign as registrar of a prominent Manila high school. Her newfound social status aside, she dutifully reported to the registrar's office to the consternation of the traditionally-minded, and to the delight of female professionals.

She was a particularly visible advocate of sport, a field not traditionally associated with 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. She was a passionate campaigner for the rehabilitation and conservation of the Pasig River, a cause which received prominent attention during the Ramos years. She continues to be active in efforts devoted to the Pasig River.

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. Mrs Ramos kept a dignified silence, and the scandal has had no visible impact on her decades-long marriage.

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. 
Honorary titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Imelda Marcos
First Lady of the Philippines
1992–1998
Succeeded by
Loi Estrada