In Memoriam
FIDEL VALDEZ RAMOS
(18 March 1928 – 31 July 2022)

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines joins the Filipino nation in remembering former President Fidel V. Ramos who passed away on 31 July 2022, aged 94.

During his presidency, President Ramos supported what was then the National Historical Institute (NHI) in its goal of promoting Philippine history.

In anticipation of the centennial of Philippine independence on 12 June 1998, President Ramos issued Executive Order No. 73 s. 1996 which ordered the writing of official histories for government agencies believed to be nearing their Centennials.

President Ramos signed Republic Act No. 8491, also known as the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, which made official the current form of the National Flag and Anthem. The law also set forth rules on their usage, as well as the process of approval of state seals and logos. He also expanded the celebration of National Flag Days from 28 May to 12 June by virtue of Executive Order No. 179, s. 1994.

President Ramos consistently led national commemorations and graced the inauguration of the Museum of Philippine History on 30 December 1996. Under his watch, the government also supported the improvement of eight shrines and landmarks under the NHI’s care as part of the Centennial Freedom Trail of the Philippine Centennial Commission. These are Rizal Shrine Calamba, Rizal Shrine Dapitan, Rizal Shrine Fort Santiago, Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine, Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine, Barasoain Church Historical Landmark, Mabini Shrine Talaga, and Mabini Shrine Pandacan.

Pursuant to Section 27 of Republic Act No. 8491, the NHCP enjoins all public and private institutions and offices to fly the National Flag at half-mast for ten (10) days until 9 August 2022.