Former First Lady Ming Ramos Retires After 67 Years of Service at International School Manila

After 67 years of service at the International School Manila, former first lady Ming Ramos retires

AMELITA “MING” RAMOS – The former first lady has retired after 67 years of service at the International School Manila.

Ming Ramos
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The widow of former President Fidel V. Ramos was given a formal tribute by the ISM on November 17, 2022. She is ISM’s longest-serving employee, having begun working there in 1955 at the age of 95.

Ming looked back in her short speech on almost seven decades of working at the institution where he started as the assistant headmaster’s secretary.

Her position rose and eventually, she became a physical education teacher, director of testing, director of admissions, and as school registrar. Before retiring, she worked as a consultant.

Ming Ramos continued to work at ISM even after her husband was elected President of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998. The military general-turned-president passed away on July 31, 2022, at the age of 94 from complications of COVID-19.

In an interview then, she was asked why she was still working even though her husband was the president.

She said: “Somebody has to earn in the family. Who will pay for the bills? I must help Eddie. E, kadalasan noon, ang suweldo niya hindi pa natatanggap, naka-pledge na kagaya sa mga cooperatives o grupo ng mga golf caddies and workers.”

Ming Ramos graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education at Boston University’s Sargent School and completed her Master of Science in Physical Education and Recreation at the University of California, Los Angeles. She likes swimming and playing badminton.

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