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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fidel V. Ramos: The President Who Undertook the Most Number of State Visits

Former President Fidel V. Ramos, who celebrates his eighty-sixth birthday today, made 24 state visits during his six-year term from 1992 to 1998. It was the highest number of such category of foreign trips among all Philippine chief executives.

According to the official gazette of the Philippine government, the state visit  is the highest form of diplomatic interaction between the Republic and foreign nations, so it demonstrates the highest form of diplomatic ceremony. It includes full arrival honors and a state luncheon or state dinner that is held in honor of the visiting head of state. The state visit is undertaken at the invitation of the host country.

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President Ramos at the Pentagon (Image Credit: U.S. Department of Defense)
In comparison, the official visit is undertaken by the head of government at the invitation of the head of a foreign government or of a foreign high-ranking government official. A state luncheon or state dinner is not required in official visits. Working visits, which concentrate on topical agendas, do not require an invitation from the host country. Working meetings are conducted and media availability may be provided.

Shortly after Ramos' election in 1992, Ramos traveled to Brunei Darussalam (October 4 to 6) and to Thailand (December 17 to 20), both on official capacity. Following is a list of the ensuing state visits undertaken by the 12th President of the Republic of the Philippines:

January 27 to 30 - Malaysia
February 11 to 13 - Singapore
March 9 to 13 - Japan
April 25 to May 1 - People’s Republic of China
April 25 to May 1 - Hong Kong
May 23 to 26 - Republic of Korea
September 20 to 24 - Indonesia

August 6 to 8 - Brunei Darussalam

March 6 to 8 - Amsterdam
March 16 to 18 - New Zealand
March 18 to 23 - Australia 

Note: Ramos attended three summits in 1996: ASEM Meeting in Thailand (February 29 to March 3), Nihon Keizai Shimbun's International Conference in Japan (May 16 to 17) and ASEAN Leader's Informal Meeting in Indonesia (November 27 to December 2). He made an official visit to Brunei Darussalam on August 18 to 19. 

March 2 to 5 - India
March 5 to 7 - Bangladesh
March 7 to 9 - Pakistan
March 9 to 10 - Qatar
March 10 to 11 - Bahrain
June 21 to 22 - Oman
June 22 to 24 - Greece
September 13 to 15 - Kuwait
September 15 to 17 - Czech Republic
October 15 to 17 - Myanmar
October 17 to 18 - Lao People's Democratic Republic
November 26 to 27 - USA
November 27 to 30 - Canada

Ramos' last foreign trip as President happened from April 7 to 10, 1998, when he went to the United States in an official capacity.

SOURCE: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

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