Monday, June 27, 2011

Daughter of ex-Philippine President Fidel Ramos dies

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 27, 2011) – The second daughter of former Philippine President Fidel Ramos succumbed to lung cancer at a hospital in Pasig City. She was 54.

Josephine Ramos died before dawn on Monday in Medical City, state media reported.

Ramos, a singer who was married to actor Lloyd Samartino, left a 17-year old son, Sergio. She was a champion water-skier and a member of the Philippine Ladies' National Water-Skiing Team that won medals in the Southeast Asian Games in the late 1970s.

She also performed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and was a back-up singer with Gary Valenciano group, the Mon Faustino Powerplay Band, and a fashionable percussionist for other musical ensembles.

President Benigno Aquino III has extended his sympathies to the family of the former president.

“The loss of any loved one is grave, indeed; the demise of a child is particularly painful for parents. The President assures former President and Mrs. Ramos that he will keep their entire family in his thoughts and prayers at this time of deep loss,” Aquino said. (Mindanao Examiner)

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