ONCE again, former President Fidel V. Ramos answered the 'National' call.
The former president came out to support the National University Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon, showing up at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for Game Three of the UAAP Finals against Far Eastern University.
FVR, it turned out, was one of the prominent alumni of the Sampaloc-based school, having enrolled at NU in 1946 a few months before earning a government scholarship to study at the United States Military Acedemy, or more popularly known as West Point.
The West Point education set him off for a career in the military before he became the 12th president of the republic in 1992.
On Wednesday, Ramos, now 86, sat at ringside as he supported his alma mater, marking one of the few times that a former or sitting head of state has attended the collegiate league's games.
His appearance came as a huge emotional lift for the Bulldogs, who won their first and only championship in 1954 - or eight years after Ramos left the school.
He proved to be the 'lucky charm' for the school, which won the game, 75-59.