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Farewell Former Philippine President Cory Aquino

Updated on January 2, 2011

The Legacy Left by Cory Aquino Will Always be Etched in the Heart and Mind of Filipinos.

The marathon procession of Cory Aquino that was greeted with huge mourning supporters.
The marathon procession of Cory Aquino that was greeted with huge mourning supporters.
Three of the four honor guards that accompanied the late Philippine President in the flatbed truck were bestowed with honors and rewards.
Three of the four honor guards that accompanied the late Philippine President in the flatbed truck were bestowed with honors and rewards.
There is a possibility that Cory Aquino will join her husband in the 500 peso bill.
There is a possibility that Cory Aquino will join her husband in the 500 peso bill.

Filipinos find it difficult to say goodbye to their well-loved former Philippine President.

Corazon Aquino weaved her magic for the last time as millions of Filipinos showed their unwavering love and compassion to the woman that restored democracy in the Philippines. The funeral of Cory Aquino attracted huge followers. Rich and poor, famous and the common people, soaked with rain, braved their way and defying the tedious march in accompanying their cherished heroine with immense affection from Manila Cathedral to Manila Memorial Park.

Yellow confetti and flower petals were showered and were seen flying all over the place, military cannons were fired to honor their late Commander-in-Chief, and church bells all across the land sounded to pay tribute to the lady that the Filipinos has indebted much.

All thoughout the procession you could hear people cheering Cory! Cory! Cory! Truly a reminiscent of the same chants that was heard in the world's first bloodless revolution, the 1986 "EDSA People Power". The 22.38 km marathon trek started from 11:30 a.m. and reached the Memorial Park at around 7:30 p.m. Mourners came in with yellow shirts and umbrellas truly unfazed with the rains brought by tropical thunderstorm "Kiko". Big crowds waited for hours to catch a last glimpse of the casket of Cory Aquino which is draped with a Philippine flag.

Government officials, famous personalities and celebrities attended the Requiem Mass which was filled with tears and grief. Seen in the mass were Former Philippine Presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada accompanied by his former senator wife Loi, Vice President Noli de Castro, Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., lone foreign leader present from Timor Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta and MMDA chair Bayani Agbayani.

Kris Aquino the youngest daughter, was tasked to deliver the family's final message.The tearful celebrity daughter pulled through with her speech with grace and too much love for her mother.

Filipinos singing prowess was at its best during the mass, Leah Salonga sang the heart-pounding "Bayan Ko" with so much passion, that enabled the people present in the mass rise to their feet weeping while flashing the everlasting Laban (L) sign. A day earlier, Mark Bautista rendered the heartwarming and moving song "Ugoy ng Duyan" at Necrological Service held at the Manila Cathedral.

The show of affection given to Cory Aquino was truly enormous, now Cory Aquino was considered to be the "Greatest Filipino that Ever Lived". Even her political enemies and ardent critics was humbled by her wit, charm and meekness. Now Cory Aquino accompanies the Man She had Loved Most, Benigno Ninoy Aquino. Farewell Ma'm Former President. Filipinos and the freedom loving people across the globe will surely miss you...


Last August 4, 2009, Malacañang Palace issued their apology to the Aquino Family.

Cory Aquino relinquished her power as she declined to run for a reelection, a gesture that should be emulated by current leaders in the Philippines.

Cory Aquino helped political detainess released from prison. Atty. Larry Ilagan and Anakpawis Congressman Joel Maglungsod owed their freedom to the mother of the Philippine democracy.

Business scion and tobacco magnate Lucio Tan also visited the wake of the late President last August 2, 2009.

Kris, Pinky and Ballsy are the nicknames of the daughters of Cory Aquino, and their beloved son's nickname is Nonoy.

The truck carrying Cory Aquino's brown casket is adorned with cattleyas, anthuriums and casablancas.

There is a porposal by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas that the 500 peso bill will have the portrait of the late Maria Corazon C. Aquino at the back of his husband Benigno Aquino.

Pfc. Antonio Cadiente, Airman 2nd Class Gener Laguindan, Police Officer 1 Danilo Malab Jr., and Petty Officer 3 Edgardo Rodriguez the honor guards that stood on top of the flatbed truck that carries the remains of Cory Aquino for ( hours were given honors and rewards of 25,000 pesos each (roughly 540 US dollars). The quartet stood without taking a break and meal.

Cory Aquino's Senator son Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino is urged by his peers in Liberal Party to run for the Vice President in the election slated next year.


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      8 years ago

      thank you for being a good president in our country

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      8 years ago

      I would like to ask ano ba yung dedicated song pra kay late President Cory Aquino sung by Michael Bubble?

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      Allie Mendoza 

      8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Wow! Maraming salamat, GeneralHowitzer! This hub is sooo moving and well-written. I will always love and remember President Cory Aquino. I remember her speech for the US Congress many years ago... and I was sooo proud. Now, this is making me cry... I better stop writing. :)Allie

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Thanks po Genesis... ingat ka palagi...

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      9 years ago

      Wala po talaga makakapantay sa kanya kasi po sobra po siya humble napaka bait naman po talaga eh lalo na po tuwing magsasalita sya ibinababa po nya ang kanyang sarili subalit itinataas naman po sya ng langit totoo po na may tao na Angel sa lupa at isa po ang ating dating naging Pangulo Corazon C. Aquino salamat po sa Diyos to bring her here in our land to help the entire Filipino people to have freedom and Democrasya salamat po at sa inyo po mahal na Pangulo Corazon C. AQuino one of the good Angel that God given us here in our land Philippines... salamat po!

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Yeah she had done a lot for our country, and the outpouring of love given to her by Filipino in her burial will show you why...

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      Charia Samher 

      9 years ago

      As I have posted to some Cory article here in HP, only after her death did I truly known her. I still feel like crying every time I have thought of her.

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      yeah the burial of cory aquino will indeed go down as one of the loneliest in Philippine History. Thanks for dropping by mam bingskee.

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Thanks for dropping by cory...

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      9 years ago


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      9 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      i cried and cried when it was time for Kris to bid goodbye to her mom...

      i cried a bucket thinking that no one can replace her. i hope i am wrong.


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