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55th Death Anniversary of President Ramon Magsaysay
Written by Cherry   
Thursday, 22 March 2012

The 55th Death Anniversary of former President Ramon F. Magsaysay was commemorated last March 17. It happened in a plane crash at Mt. Manunggal, Cebu City in 1957. Magsaysay was called "The Guy" during his time. He is a simple and humble leader of the country who is well-loved by his countrymen. He was born on August 31, 1907 at Iba, Zambales, the son of Exequiel Magsaysay, a blacksmith, and Perfecta del Fierro, a school teacher. In 1927, he studied pre-law at the University of the Philippines but he shifted to engineering. He worked as a mechanic in a bus company then he decided to transfer to Jose Rizal College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Commerce degree in 1930. He is working in the Philippine Army when World War II happened. His wife was Luz Banzon of Balanga, Bataan. They are blessed with three children: Teresita, Ramon Jr. and Milagros.

Then he became a member of guerrilla movement using the codename Captain Chow. He went to Zambales and serve as Congressman. He was appointed as National Defense Secretary in 1950 but decided to run for Presidency. He won as president and took his office as Phil. President in 1953.

 His accomplishments as president include: Approval of Laurel-Langley trade agreement between the Philippines and United States, War Damage Commission payments to the Philippines, creation of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization for Collective Defense, Republic Act 1400 enactment, the Land Reform Act of 1955, approval of the Treaty for the Collective Defense of Southeast Asia or the Pacific Pact, surrender of leaders of the Hukbong Bayan Laban Sa Hapon, passage of Congressional Act No. 1292 creating a special fund for Filipino traders, creation of the National Marketing Corporation to assist Filipino retailers, and cooperatives for marginalized sectors.


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