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Fidel V. Ramos

After President Aguinoís term, the next elected president was Fidel Valdez Ramos, with Joseph Estrada as his vice-president. He took his oath of presidency on 27 July 1992.

Ramos was the first Protestant president of the country. Nevertheless, he served the people without bias towards any religion. He is the son of Narciso Ramos, a politician, and Angela Valdez, a teacher in Lingayen, Pangasinan. He finished engineering at the National University, and took his masterís at the University of Illinois. He also studied at the West Point Academy. He began his service in the Armed Forces of the Philippines as second lieutenant until he became the AFP Vice-Chief-of-Staff. This was his position when he and Juan Ponce Enrile defected to the EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986.

Corazon C. Aquino

Corazon C. Aquino was born on 25 January 1933 in Manila. She was the daughter of Jose Cojuangco Sr. of Tarlac and Demetria Sumulong of Rizal. She studied in Manila and finished a bachelorís degree in French and Mathematics in Mount Saint Vincent College, New York, in 1953. She was the widow of the late Benigno S. Aquino Jt., the opposition party leader during the Marcos regime.

After the EDSA People Power Revolution, Corazon Aquino served as the president of the Philippines. She founded a transitory revolutionary government since the success of the People Power Revolution was a clear denouncement of 1973 Constitution by the people.

Manuel L. Quezon

Manuel Luis Quezon, the boy from Baler, Tayabas, who became President of the Philippine Commonwealth was born on Aug. 19, 1878, to parents who were schoolteachers. He studied at San Juan de Letran where he became a popular student, athlete, class orator and leader. He graduated with bachelor of arts degree and a surveyor-land appraiser title.

He was studying law at the University of Santo Tomas when the Philippine revolution interrupted his studies. He joined the insurgents and rose to the rank of major; after the war, he finished law and became a lawyer in 1903.

Quezon practiced law, was named Mindoro provincial fiscal; then he joined the Nationalista party, was elected councilor, then governor, he became Philippine resident commissioner to the U.S. obtained from the U.S. Congress the Jones Law promising Philippine independence. Upon return to the Philippines, he was senator.


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