Mabuhay! Welcome to the website of the Fidel V. Ramos Presidential Library. You have reached the online facility for acquiring information on the life and career of the Philippine president who guided his nation through the turn to the 21st century. This digital library provides details about a leading political actor — a soldier who became a statesman through various leadership roles as his country emerged from the Cold War. President Ramos undertook these roles by systematically attending to both political and economic empowerment. The economic growth that he thought to be the true foundation for democratic reform would define his presidency, both in his home country and internationally. This website provides multiple entry points into the directions he set in the offices he occupied throughout his life, and the work that he accomplished with a wide range of expert cohorts. President Ramos is inscribed in this digital facility as one fulcrum of the events that impacted Philippine history, and also as a leader impacted by the global forces at play in Southeast Asia during the last century. The emphasis this website places on the mass of details available for both casual perusal and scholarly inquiry represents the commitment of the website owner, the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV), to sharing the legacy of a leader who solidly affixed democratic principles to economic development, and in succeeding, gave his nation, the region, and the world a leadership model distinct for his time.

Fidel V. Ramos, a lifelong peace builder. 
An accomplished servant leader who pole vaulted the Philippines into the 21st century.
Photo credit: Revoli Cortez

About the Library

The Fidel V. Ramos Presidential Library is the digital summary of this Philippine statesman’s life and career. It is an open access website whose organization will be reiterated in a future physical library that will house the extensive archive of images, documents, and reportage on this exemplary Filipino leader. This online library provides annotated entry points into the appreciation and study of President Ramos' statesmanship formed and informed by an earlier career as a soldier and engineer, and by a devotion to technocratic methods and oversight. His concepts of leadership were also shaped by his childhood in a family of patriots.

The website is a threshold marking multiple paths into research. Its visitor will find links, footnotes, and other connecting devices to sources of further, deeper information in books, news accounts, government archives, development work reports, and memoirs of peers and key allies. President Ramos—the person and the august career—represents an extraordinary resource for the topic of leadership that he himself defined to be biased toward meritocracy, interdisciplinary collaboration, cross-sectoral consensus building, bureaucratic efficiency, and high-quality outcomes. The vast information is offered to Filipinos and all other publics interested in such a definition as exercised in national leadership. Fidel V. Ramos, whose record as president (and, prior to that, as defense chief) is widely regarded as worthy of emulation and accolades. Nevertheless, the Library dedicated to the traceries of his life is curated not for mere celebration, but as an enabling instrument for leadership formation in a state abiding by a democratic Constitution.

President Ramos left to posterity an immense archive of documents, images, and recognitions. This website is a library with considerable holdings on democratic statecraft and museologically important memorabilia. These holdings consist of a body of data and analysis that deservedly achieves the status of a national treasury. Its online operations are multi-platform, circulating information on YouTube, Instagram, and other digital channels. Its support structure counts some of the most respected experts in Philippine national life (many of whom served in the Ramos Cabinet), and who are themselves sources of vital oral and documentary knowledge on the crucial years before, during, and after the Ramos Presidency. Indeed, this online library incorporates segments of a voluminous audio archive of interviews with this peer group, both in the Philippines and overseas.