On this day in 1928, Fidel Valdez Ramos, the twelfth president of the Philippines was born in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
Ramos, a West Point Academy graduate, spent most of his life in military service.
He rose through the ranks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and was their vice chief of staff during the mutiny that triggered the People Power Revolution in 1986. He and his leaders brought down the regime of Ferdinand Marcos.
Once Corazon Aquino became president, she appoint him as the AFP chief of staff again. He also served at the Defense Secretary before running for president of the Philippines in May 1992.
Ramos won and served as the 12th president of the country from June 30, 1992, to June 30, 1998. He was credited with helping to turn around the country’s economy.