Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 9) — Former president Fidel V. Ramos was laid to rest on Tuesday, August 9, at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani at Fort Bonifacio.
Ramos was buried near the grave of former president Elpidio Quirino. The president known as FVR died at age 94 on July 31.
Ramos’ cremains were met with full military honors, from his departure at the Heritage Park, and upon his arrival at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani. A funeral march and a 21-gun salute were also accorded to him.
“Alerta Filipinas” and Christian songs “How Great Thou Art” and “Ama Namin” were played during the funeral honors, as requested by the former president and relayed by his daughter Angel Ramos Jones.
Family, friends and colleagues took part in the ceremony to honor the 12th president of the Philippines.
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was present at the funeral. He turned over to Ramos’ widow, former first lady Amelita “Ming” Ramos, the Philippine flag that was previously draped over the late president’s casket.
In a short speech, the former first lady thanked the public for their support.
“Alam niyo, mahirap ang buhay sa military, pero kinaya namin…kayang-kaya niya (Ramos) at he was able to raise five daughters, eight grandsons and five granddaughters,” she said. “Kaya maraming salamat sa tulong niyo. Sabi nga niya, ‘kaya natin ito.'”
[Translation: Life in the military was hard, but we soldiered on…he was able to raise five daughters, eight grandsons and five granddaughters…Thank you for all your support, and like he would always say, ‘We can do it.’]
Also known as “Steady Eddie,” Ramos was a “stabilizer-in-chief” who steered the country towards economic recovery and fought for democracy in his many years of public service.
Before governing the Philippines, Ramos served as the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ chief-of-staff and defense secretary of his predecessor, the late president Corazon Aquino.
Ramos also served as chief of the Philippine Constabulary under his second cousin, former president Ferdinand E. Marcos. Ramos became a key figure in the EDSA People Power Revolution which toppled the late dictator.