The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) brought the late former President Fidel V. Ramos to his final resting place at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Tuesday August 9th.
AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Bartolome Vincent Bacarro was the military host of the state funeral for Ramos, who began his career as an esteemed military officer, rising to head of the AFP from 1986 to 1988, Secretary of the Department of National Defense (DND) from 1988 to 1991, and was elected the 12th President of the Philippines, serving from 1992 to 1998. He died last July 31 at the age of 94 .
Ramos’ cremated remains were taken from the Heritage Park Viewing Chapel by honor guards around 10 a.m. Prior to this, a private mass was held which was attended by his family, relatives and close friends.
The bronze coffin bearing Ramos’ urn arrived soon after at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani where Ramos’ wife, Mrs. Amelita “Ming” Martinez-Ramos, and other family members were received by Bacarro.
Full military honors were rendered by AFP before loading Ramos’ coffin onto a caisson. After that, a funeral procession took place until Ramos’ remains reached his grave.
Upon arriving at the grave site, a final blessing was pronounced by the AFP Chief Chaplain, Fr. Colonel Daniel Tansip.
From there, the AFP lowered Ramos’ urn to the ground and delivered a 21-gun salute, each shot marked with a five-second interval, in a final tribute to the former commander-in-chief.
Military planes then performed a flower drop while Ramos’ favorite songs, Maalala Mo Kaya and Alerta Filipinas of the Katipuneros, were played by the AFP composite band.
The solemn ceremony ended with a ‘farewell to the flowers’ as attendees laid white roses at Ramos’ burial site, a final act of tribute for him, while President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. handed over the flag Filipino man draped over Ramos’ coffin to his wife, Amelita.
Ramos is survived by his wife, five daughters, eight grandsons and five granddaughters.
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