LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The province’s Sangguniang Panlalawigan offered its condolences to the family of former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani who passed away on Monday at the age of 87.
Shahani, the younger sister of former president Fidel V. Ramos, succumbed to cancer at the intensive care unit of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig where she was being treated, according to her daughter Lila.
Her other children are Ranjit, former Pangasinan vice governor, congressman and board member of Pangasinan, and another son, Chanda, a journalist.
Shahani was widow of the late Indian statesman, professor and writer Rajee Shahani.
She served as senator for two terms after her long stint in the foreign service and in the United Nations. She also served as undersecretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
She and former president Ramos were children of the late DFA Sec. Narciso Ramos and Angela Valdez, an educator.
The Shahanis as well as the Ramoses are from Asingan, Pangasinan.
Shahani was an ASNA awardee in Pangasinan for her contributions to the nation that made her provincemates proud.
ASNA is the greatest award being given by the province to outstanding Pangasinenses who made good in their respective professions and vocations.
The former senator was also an educator and a writer.
The resolution authored by all the provincial board members present cited Shahani’s many contributions to the province and the nation as a topnotch diplomat.
After retiring from the Senate, she went back to her home province and set up a modern farm in Barangay Tulong, Urdaneta City where she pioneered dairy farming, making use of fresh milk from female water buffaloes (carabaos). Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com