17th March 1957

President Ramon Magsaysay died in Plane Crash

Ramon Magsaysay’s term came to an abrupt end, when his presidential plane crashed, killing Magsaysay and 24 other passengers. An estimated 5 million people attended Magsaysay’s burial on March 31, 1957, and afterward, he was referred to in the Philippines as the “Idol of the Masses.” He is best known for defeating the communist led Hukbalahap (Huk) Movement.