The Official Gazette, which marks the birth and death anniversaries of our presidents, vice-presidents, leaders of the legislature and judiciary, national artists, and heroes, has a special tribute page to President Magsaysay, including a Filipino translation of the Magsaysay Credo:
One way to recapture the flavor and tempo of past times is to review the journalism of the era. Here is the Philippines Free Press telling its readers why, in its judgment, Magsaysay deserved to be its Man of the Year for 1950:
Another thing long gone, is the political drama of political conventions. In the Free Press, there’s a vivid account of the Nacionalista Party convention that marked the dawning of a new generation of leaders:
The 1953 campaign saw the birth of the modern political jingle, in this case, the “Mambo Magsaysay,” composed by Raul Manglapus, and which gained a new lease on life during the Edsa Revolution, when it was played over the radio as a pointed reminder to Ferdinand E. Marcos about what People Power was all about.
Mere months before the 1957 elections, which Magsaysay was widely expected to win by a landslide, his life was tragically cut short when the aircraft he was on crashed. There was only one survivor. Here’s newsman Nestor Mata’s account of the crash:
The wake and funeral that followed, became the biggest in our history, until Ninoy Aquino’s assassination in 1983. Ninoy Aquino himself had started in politics as an assistant of President Magsaysay. President Magsaysay is buried in the Manila North Cemetery.
President Ramon Magsaysay lies in state in the Ceremonial Hall of Malacañan Palace, March 1957. In accordance with Military Honors, the flag is draped on the casket and it should be of adequate size…