Profession: 7th President of the Philippines
Why Famous: Ramon Magsaysay was the first President of the Philippines to come from the lower middle class and the first not to be elected from the Senate. Throughout his tenure he was well-loved for his sense of humility. While he aligned himself with US interests he is also credited with making a stand on anti-corruption.
Magsaysay came to power for his part on restoring law and order during the crisis in 1950 and successfully defeating the communist-led Hukbalahap movement.
During his term as president Magsaysay passed significant agrarian reforms and established a system for hearing grievances of the people. His life and term of office was tragically cut short by his death in a plane crash in 1957.
- 1933-11-16 Ramon Magsaysay, latter President of the Philippines (26) weds Luz Banzon (18) at Lourdes church in Manila
- 1956-05-09 War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan was finally signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration
- 1957-03-17 Presidential plane crashes on Mt. Manunggal in Cebu, Philippines killing 25 including Filipino President Ramon Magsaysay