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Corazon Aquino

Updated on January 13, 2013

Cory Aquino - the First Female President of the Philippines

Corazon Aquino was the first woman president of the Philippines and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She served as the president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992 after her bloodless "People Power" revolution led to the ouster of former ruler Ferdinand Marcos and swept Aquino into office and made her a global symbol for peace and democracy. In 1986, TIME Magazine named her Woman of the Year. She stepped down from the presidency in 1992, but continued to be active in politics. In early 2008, she announced she had colon cancer and was undergoing treatment. She died at age 76 on August 1, 2009.

(Public domain image of Corazon Aquino by Gerald B. Johnson on Wikipedia)

- I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.

- As I came to power peacefully, so shall I keep it.

- It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.

Cory Aquino Biography

Early years through marriage

Maria Corazon "Cory" Cojuangco Aquino (January 25, 1933 - August 1, 2009) was a President of the Philippines and a world-renowned advocate of democracy, peace, women's empowerment, and religious piety. She served as the 11th president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992. She was the first female president of the Philippines and was Asia's first female president.

A self-proclaimed "plain housewife", Aquino was married to Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. (1932-1983), a leading figure in the political opposition against the autocratic rule of President Ferdinand Marcos. After her husband was assassinated upon his return from exile in the United States on August 21, 1983, Aquino, who had no prior political experience, became a focal point and unifying force of the opposition against Marcos. She was drafted to run against Marcos in the 1986 snap presidential elections. After Marcos was proclaimed the winner despite widespread reports of electoral fraud, Aquino was installed as President by the peaceful 1986 People Power Revolution.

Early life and education

Corazon Cojuangco was born the sixth of eight children in Tarlac, a member of one of the richest Chinese-mestizo families in the Philippines. She was born to Jose Cojuangco of Tarlac and Demetria Sumulong of Antipolo, Rizal. Her ancestry was one-eighth Tagalog in maternal side, one-eighth Kapampangan and one-fourth Spanish in her paternal side, and half-Chinese in both maternal and paternal sides.

She was sent to St. Scholastica's College Manila and finished grade school as class valedictorian in 1943. In 1946, she studied high school for one year in Assumption Convent Manila. Later she was sent overseas to study in Ravenhill Academy in Philadelphia, the Notre Dame Convent School in New York, and the College of Mount Saint Vincent, also in New York. She worked as a volunteer in the 1948 United States presidential campaign of Republican Thomas Dewey against President Harry Truman. She studied liberal arts and graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts in French Language, with a minor in mathematics. She intended to become a math teacher and language interpreter.

Married life

Aquino returned to the Philippines to study law at the Far Eastern University, owned by the family of the late Nicanor Reyes, Sr., who had been the father-in-law of her older sister Josephine. She gave up her law studies when in 1954, she married Benigno Servillano "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., the son of a former Speaker of the National Assembly. They had five children together: a son, Benigno Simeon Aquino III, who was elected to the Philippine Senate in 2007, and four daughters, Maria Elena A. Cruz, Aurora Corazon A. Abellada, Victoria Eliza A. Dee, and actress-television host Kristina Bernadette A. Yap. Aquino had initial difficulty adjusting to provincial life when she and her husband moved to Concepcion, Tarlac in 1955, after her husband had been elected the town's mayor at the age of 22. The American-educated Aquino found herself bored in Concepcion, and welcomed the opportunity for she and her husband to have dinner inside the American military facility at nearby Clark Field.

A member of the Liberal Party, Aquino's husband rose to be governor of Tarlac, and was elected to the Philippine Senate in 1967. During her husband's political career, Aquino remained a housewife who helped raise the children and played hostess to her spouse's political allies who would frequent their Quezon City home.[6] She would decline to join her husband on stage during campaign rallies, preferring instead to stand at the back of the audience in order to listen to him. Nonetheless, she was consulted upon on political matters by her husband, who valued her judgments enormously.

Benigno Aquino soon emerged as a leading critic of the government of President Ferdinand Marcos of the Nacionalista Party, and there was wide speculation that he would run in the 1973 presidential elections, Marcos then being term limited. However, Marcos declared martial law on September 21, 1972, and later abolished the 1935 Constitution, allowing him to remain in office. Aquino's husband was among those arrested at the onset of martial law, later being sentenced to death. During his incarceration, Aquino drew strength from prayer, attending daily mass and saying three rosaries a day. As a measure of sacrifice, she enjoined her children from attending parties, and herself stopped from going to the beauty salon or buying new clothes, until a priest advised her and her children to instead live as normal lives as possible.

In 1978, despite her initial opposition, Aquino's imprisoned husband decided to run the 1978 Batasang Pambansa elections. Aquino campaigned in behalf of her imprisoned husband and for the first time in her life, delivered a political speech, though she willingly relinquished having to speak in public when it emerged that her six-year old daughter Kris was more than willing to speak on stage.

In 1980, upon the intervention of United States President Jimmy Carter, Marcos allowed Senator Aquino and his family to leave for exile in the United States, where he sought medical treatment. The family settled in Boston, and Aquino would later call the next three years as the happiest days of her marriage. He returned without his family to the Philippines on August 21, 1983, only to be assassinated on the tarmac of the Manila International Airport, which was later renamed in his honor. Aquino returned to the Philippines a few days later and led her husband's funeral rites, where more than two million people were estimated to have participated, the biggest ever in Philippine history.

Source: Wikipedia: Corazon Aquino

"The only thing I can really offer the Filipino people is my sincerity." - Corazon Aquino

Corazon Aquino Biography

The presidential years

1986 Presidential Campaign

Aquino participated in many of the mass actions that were staged in the two years following the assassination of her husband. In the last week of November 1985, Marcos unexpectedly announced a snap presidential election to be held in February 1986. Initially, Senator Salvador Laurel of Batangas, the son of a former president, was seen as the favorite presidential candidate of the opposition, under the United Nationalists Democratic Organizations. However, business tycoon Don Joaquin "Chino" Roces was not convinced that Laurel could defeat Marcos in the polls. Roces initiated the Cory Aquino for President Movement to gather one million signatures in one week for Aquino to run as president.

Aquino was reluctant at first to run for presidency, despite pleas that she was the one candidate who could unite the opposition against Marcos. She eventually was convinced following a ten-hour meditation session at a Catholic convent. Laurel did not immediately accede to calls for him to give way to Aquino, and offered her the vice-presidential slot under his UNIDO party. Aquino instead offered to give up her affiliation with her husband's political party, the Lakas ng Bayan (LABAN), which had just merged with Partido Demokratiko Pilipino, and run under the UNIDO banner with Laurel sliding down to the vice-presidential slot. Laurel gave way to Aquino to run as President and ran as her running-mate under UNIDO as the main political umbrella of the opposition.

In the succeeding political campaign, Marcos charged that Aquino was being supported by communists and agreed to share power with them, to which she responded that she would not appoint one to her cabinet. Marcos also accused Aquino of playing "political football" with the United States with respect to the continued United States military presence in the Philippines at Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base. Marcos also derided Aquino as "just a woman" whose place was in the bedroom.

The elections held on February 7, 1986 were marred by the intimidation and mass disenfranchisement of voters. Election day itself and the days immediately after were marred by violence, including the murder of one of Aquino's top allies, Antique governor Evelio Javier. While the official tally of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) consistently showed Marcos in the lead, the unofficial tally of the National Movement for Free Elections indicated that Aquino was leading. Despite the job walkout of 30 COMELEC computer technicians alleging election-rigging in favor of Marcos, the Batasang Pambansa, controlled by Marcos allies, ratified the official count and proclaimed Marcos the winner on February 15, 1986. The country's Catholic bishops and the United States Senate condemned the election, and Aquino called for a general strike and a boycott of business enterprises controlled by Marcos allies. She also rejected a power-sharing agreement proposed by the American diplomat Philip Habib, who had been sent as an emissary by U.S. President Ronald Reagan to help defuse the tension.

Installation as President

On February 22, 1986, the People Power Revolution was triggered after two key Marcos allies, Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and Armed Forces Vice-Chief of

Staff Fidel Ramos called on Marcos to resign and holed up in two military camps in Quezon City. Aquino, who was in Cebu City when the revolt broke out, returned to Manila and insisted on joining the swelling crowd that had gathered outside the camps as a human barricade to protect the defectors. On the morning of 25 February 1986, at the Club Filipino in San Juan, Aquino took the presidential oath of office administered by Supreme Court Associate Justice Claudio Teehankee. Marcos himself was sworn into office at Malacañang Palace on that same day, but fled into exile later that night.

Presidency

The relatively peaceful manner by which Aquino assumed the presidency through the EDSA Revolution won her widespread international acclaim as an icon of democracy. She was selected as Time Magazine's Woman of the Year in 1986. She was also nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize but lost to Elie Wiesel also in 1986. In September 1986, Aquino delivered a speech before a joint session of the United States Congress which was interrupted by applause several times, and which then U.S. House Speaker Tip O'Neill hailed as "the finest speech I've ever heard in my 34 years in Congress." Above the din of cheering officials, Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole said to Mrs. Aquino, "Cory, you hit a home run." Without missing a beat, Aquino smiled and shot back: "I hope the bases were loaded."

The six-year administration of President Aquino saw the enactment of a new Philippine Constitution and several significant legal reforms, including a new agrarian reform law. While her allies maintained a majority in both houses of Congress, she faced considerable opposition from communist insurgency and right-wing soldiers who instituted several coup attempts against her government. Her government also dealt with several major natural disasters that struck the Philippines, as well as a severe power crisis that hampered the Philippine economy. It was also during her administration that the presence of United States military bases in the Philippines came to an end.

Source: Wikipedia: Corazon Aquino

1986 - Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award

1986 - United Nations Silver Medal

1986 - Canadian International Prize for Freedom

1986 - Nobel Peace Prize nominee

1986 - International Democracy Award from the International Association of Political Consultants

1987 - Prize For Freedom Award from Liberal International

1993 - Special Peace Award from the Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Awards Foundation and Concerned Women of the Philippines

1994 - One of 100 Women Who Shaped World History (by G.M. Rolka, Bluewood Books, San Francisco, CA)

1995 - Path to Peace Award

1996 - J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding from the U.S. Department of State

1998 - Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding

1998 - Pearl S. Buck Award

1999 - One of Time Magazine's 20 Most Influential Asians of the 20th Century

2001 - World Citizenship Award

2005 - David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Awards

2005 - One of the World's Elite Women Who Make a Difference by the International Women's Forum Hall of Fame

2006 - One of Time Magazine's 65 Asian Heroes

2008 - One of A Different View's 15 Champions of World Democracy

Source:Wikipedia

Cory Aquino's Speech to the US Congress

World Leaders React to News of Corazon Aquino's Death

"Cory Aquino helped lead a revolution that restored democracy and the rule of law to our nation at a time of great peril. Our nation will mourn her passing." - Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

"Today our country has lost a mother." - former Philippines President Joseph Estrada

"Her courage, determination, and moral leadership are an inspiration to us all and exemplify the best in the Filipino nation." - US President Barack Obama

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      Ecking 4 years ago

      Interesting info! It was great to see the Time magazine cover with her on it. She is going to be talked about in my Women Studies class soon!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @tdove: You're fucking welcome bitch.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yep, I did.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I don't have a comment

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      <---- Look at that thing

      Did you look at it?

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      ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

      She was a very sincere woman. I wasn't amazed that she caught your attention. As a Filipino, I am very proud of her. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @ayng29 lm: now Her son is starting another totalitarian regime....

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      @ayng29 lm: Thanks for your thoughtful comments. It's kind of ironic that good people don't always make good presidents. I think the role of president in any country requires a bit of arrogance, ruthlessness and dogmatic thinking that "nice" people don't always possess.

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      ayng29 lm 5 years ago

      Hello. I'm from the Philippines and it's amazing that other nations also know about Cory Aquino. The most important thing about her presidency was how it ended a totalitarian regime and gave way to democracy in the Philippines-- something that also had an effect in other nations in Asia. I think she is a very good person but I can't say she was a good president. She wasn't prepared for the position at all and based on some of my readings, I say she made some bad decisions in her term. It makes me wonder what's more important in leadership: Character or Capability?

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I had forgotten all about her until I came across this lens - am very glad I did and was reminded of her achievements.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I had forgotten all about her until I came across this lens - am very glad I did and was reminded of her achievements.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Nice lens for a great milestone in Philippine history.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Nice lens for a great milestone in Philippine history.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      OUTSTANDING!! The woman and your lens about her. Worthy of a Purple Heart or Purple Star or both! :)

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      Boyd Carter 5 years ago

      Hello Lisa,

      this is an interesting and comprehensive review of one of the great women of our times.

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      kittitianhill 5 years ago

      Fine information, many thanks to the author. It is puzzling to me now, but in general, the usefulness and significance is overwhelming. Very much thanks again and best of luck!

      Economic Citizenship

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      She always make me proud of my very own country-

      The PHILIPPINES.

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      argonauta 5 years ago

      what a nice lens about a great woman!!

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      johsen 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Purchase the domain now rather than ur competitor buy it first. At https://bitly.com/o0aln1 and since there is only two day left.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I salute you (late) Cory Aquino.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like her being a peace advocate.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      She was a brilliant women

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      we will all mourn her death but in the end she truly is in a better place... tita cory we love you and miss you

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      WebWorksWorldWide 6 years ago

      I look up to her not just with how she stoop up against dictatorship but nonetheless how she was able to be triumphant even against all the adversaries that came to her life.

      Truly a Filipino!

      An advocate for Non-Violent Communication!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I admired her for giving her life to the country. She did not have to. She could just have lived a peaceful life.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i do believe that she is peacefully and happily united with our Almighty and her beloved ones. Her sorrows was ended.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      cory aquino was the brave president he is a mother of democracy.she is a well person

      and simple person.she is faithfull,she is helpful and carying..i am the supproter of cory aquino ipaglaban ang karapatan ng mamayang pilipino..

      i am 15 years old only came from iloilo city!!!!1

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      now our mother cory aquino, and she left us in our stepmother gloria macapagal arroyo

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      She really was the great president. indeed, she inspired every countryman who gonna be losing their hope..... the whole country owe so much for her....we will truly cherish you Tita Cory...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I would like to say thank you to Cory.For saving us from a life of dictatorship. She was so humble. Even as a leader, she was simple. Nothing was corrupted during her time. I wish as the following years continue to pass, may we remember her always and let she be our model. ( by the way, thank you for the information. I learned a lot.)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thank you president cory aquino for everything especially for giving us our freedom. As a filipino you are like our mother and i wish you will be happy in heaven.May god bless your family and may you rest in peace.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      salamat sa pagiging ina

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thank you tita cory!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thank u poh sa lahat

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I first learned that our beloved former President Ma. Corazon Cojuangco Aquino had passed away from my mom and a text message from my sister during wee hours in the morning. I quickly turned on the TV and saw the words "Salamat President Cory" flashing on the news. I felt a deep ache within me. Not that I was into politics and all that stuff but she has truly been a democracy icon for all of us. And her legacy will be continually experienced by the next generation of Filipinos. She is a a perpetual mother who is seen as the pillar of strength of many among us. I proudly say that i am one of them. And I truly lament her death very much. It made me cry as if I have lost someone from my own family. I have kept on praying for the cancer-stricken former president ever since I found out her health condition. Now that her remains lies peacefully in Manila Memorial Park, I will still continue to pray for her. To make her guide every Filipino dream and those who still believe that there is hope for restoring good governance in our country.

      Behind the tears I have wept on her death, a part of me is still in high spirits 'coz I know she is finally with her beloved Senator Benigno Aquino now. At least she didn't have to suffer a really long battle from colon cancer pains. Thanks to our prayers.

      So, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the Cojuangco-Aquino family. I am very thankful to the late President for the inspiration she had left us. Her sincere kindness, undiminished courage and strong faith in God even in her deathbed will always serve as an eternal memory that will be forever cherished within every Filipino heart.

      Thank you President Cory.

      You will always be our ONLY LADY PRESIDENT

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thank you madam cory..... ur my inspiration....u will be here in our heart forever... again thank u so much...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      THANK YOU MADAM CORY FOR RESTORING OUR FREEDOM... MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. YOU HAD SPENT YOUR LIFE MEANINGFULLY.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      THANK YOU MADAM CORY FOR RESTORING OUR FREEDOM... MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. YOU HAD SPENT YOUR LIFE MEANINGFULLY.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      She will always be the reason why my beloved country is enjoying the freedom of democracy after the dictatorship of Marcos regime. She will be missed by millions of freedom-loving Filipino. She is the epitome of a God-fearing president.I cried an ocean when she passed away.She indeed lived a meaningful life.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Beloved Corazon C. Aquino, I salute you as THE GREATEST FILIPINO THAT EVER LIVED. There is no doubt Jose Rizal deserved the right to be THE National Hero, after all our fight for freedom began with him. But such "reign" is at best tenuous, even today many contend he wanted reforms, not independence. On the other hand, our Cory waged a battle with all the odds running against her. Stories are rife about how she gallantly defied those odds, the most brilliant of all, her audacity to call for a rally in Luneta against the advise of her coterie of advisers. And then who could forget the way she conducted herself during her presidency, including how she weathered those seven coup attempts.Add to this the sheer beauty of her character. Impeccable! The very epitome of virtue - from her godliness (in the sense of being full of the Spirit of God) to the supreme simplicity of her ways. I am sure none or but a few would contradict me in this and I would gladly debate publicly anyone who would.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thank you po sa lahat nt ginawa nyo sa ating bansa... para sakin, napakahusay nyo po!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      THANK YOU SO MUCH MADAMME PRESIDENT...salamat sa kabutihan at kalayaan na binigay mo sa amin mga pilipino......may you rest in peace nanay......pray for us to God...salamat sa dios na ibinigay ka sa amin isang makabayan,makadios,makatao at salamat sa dios na binigyan nya kami ng mabuting nanay na katulad mo...we love you nanay cory..maraming maraming salamat..Jesus King of mercy help the souls of our beloved nanay cory trust in you..amen

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      THANK YOU SO MUCH MADAMME PRESIDENT...salamat sa kabutihan at kalayaan na binigay mo sa amin mga pilipino......may you rest in peace nanay......pray for us to God...salamat sa dios na ibinigay ka sa amin isang makabayan,makadios,makatao at salamat sa dios na binigyan nya kami ng mabuting nanay na katulad mo...we love you nanay cory..maraming maraming salamat..Jesus King of mercy help the souls of our beloved nanay cory trust in you..amen

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      tita cory thank you for giving to us the freedom that the filipino people are seeking for.. long time ago....Even though i was not yet born at that time but you open to us the true meaning of life and you shared to us the significant meaninig of color yellow and hope ..i will never forget you ...i'm only 16 years old today but you are our shield ..so continue your journey together with god..i will always pray for you...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you Madamme President for the democracy!!! Filipinos will always be indebted to you. I wish I could be like you. Farewell (^_^)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A SWEET GOODBYE FOR YOU MADAM PRESIDENT CORAZON C. AQUINO... UR AN ANGEL, A SAINT OF DEMOCRACY!!!WE LOVE YOU VERY MUCH...YES, UR GONE, BUT HERE IN OUR HEART, U RMAINS 4EVER, SA LHAT NG NAGAWA MO SA ATING BAYAN!!!MARAMING SALAMAT PO!!!IKAW ANG ISPIRASYON NMIN PRA IPAGPATULOY ANG IYONG INIWANG PAKIKIPAGLABAN PRA SA BAYAN MONG MAHAL!!!FAREWELL MAHAL NMING PANGULO!!!SA PUSO AT ISIP AY NAKATATAK KA NA ,SA PILIPINAS MONG MAHAL,,,KAILANMAN AY HINDI MABUBURA NG SINUMAN!!!PATULOY NA MABUBUHAY ANG IYONG PRESENSYA, DAHIL TUNAY KANG PILIPINA AT AMING INANG BAYAN!!!PAALAM MAHAL NAMING PANGULO!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Madam Cory? i just wanna thnk you for being a good Former President, thnks for showing us a good example in our country, We admire you? you're memories shall remains forever! We shall never forget you, and "We love you so much!" you're one of kind a perfect "President!" Goodbye Cory! :

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      mahal po namin kayo

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      condolence to Aquino's family.i know she's happy knowing that all Filipinos was there.Mrs.Cory Aquino,i admire you so much,your a real hero,your the best female president,you've been a good example of being religious and being balance from politics and family.i hope to those whom run for president will be have this idea that they should be like you,i love you,you will remain in our heart and mind..

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      condolence to Aquino's family.i know she's happy knowing that all Filipinos was there.Mrs.Cory Aquino,i admire you so much,your a real hero,your the best female president,you've been a good example of being religious and being balance from politics and family.i hope to those whom run for president will be have this idea that they should be like you,i love you,you will remain in our heart and mind..

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      motherly, saintly,virtuous: that's cory

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      ahm'

      kabilang po ako sa mga kabataan na hindi nasaksihan ang makasaysayang 'people power' na naganap noon....at ngayong pumanaw na po si former president cory aquino...lubos po akong nalulungkot...dahil ang katotohanan po niyan ay ngayon ko lang naintindihan kung gaano kalaki at kahalaga ang ginampanan niya sa ating bansa...isang asawang mapagmahal...inang maalaga...at isang babaeng may malasakit sa inang bayan....ang nagbalik ng demokrasya sa ating bansa..

      at ngayon po...bilang isang kabataan...ipagmamalaki ko pong ako'y isang pilipino...at sisikapin ko pong maging isang mabuting mamamayan..

      maraming salamat po tita cory!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      ahm'

      kabilang po ako sa mga kabataan na hindi nasaksihan ang makasaysayang 'people power' na naganap noon....at ngayong pumanaw na po si former president cory aquino...lubos po akong nalulungkot...dahil ang katotohanan po niyan ay ngayon ko lang naintindihan kung gaano kalaki at kahalaga ang ginampanan niya sa ating bansa...isang asawang mapagmahal...inang maalaga...at isang babaeng may malasakit sa inang bayan....ang nagbalik ng demokrasya sa ating bansa..

      at ngayon po...bilang isang kabataan...ipagmamalaki ko pong ako'y isang pilipino...at sisikapin ko pong maging isang mabuting mamamayan..

      maraming salamat po tita cory!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Correction on the first part of this page.. Tita Cory died last August 1, 2009 at 3:18am and not July 31, 2009.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i send my sincere heartfelt condolence to the aquino family and the filipino nation..

      to those selfish brats out there who are busy with their own lives well F*** u all.. you are pathetic.. hopeless.. you selfish brats who are arrogant and cheap.. we lost somebody dear and great and all you do is party and party and party.. what a shame.. useless.. why you are useless? read the acheivements below..

      Cory Aquino Awards & Achievements

      A list of notable accomplishments

      1986 - Time Magazine Woman of the Year

      1986 - Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award

      1986 - United Nations Silver Medal

      1986 - Canadian International Prize for Freedom

      1986 - Nobel Peace Prize nominee

      1986 - International Democracy Award from the International Association of Political Consultants

      1987 - Prize For Freedom Award from Liberal International

      1993 - Special Peace Award from the Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Awards Foundation and Concerned Women of the Philippines

      1994 - One of 100 Women Who Shaped World History (by G.M. Rolka, Bluewood Books, San Francisco, CA)

      1995 - Path to Peace Award

      1996 - J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding from the U.S. Department of State

      1998 - Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding

      1998 - Pearl S. Buck Award

      1999 - One of Time Magazine's 20 Most Influential Asians of the 20th Century

      2001 - World Citizenship Award

      2005 - David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Awards

      2005 - One of the World's Elite Women Who Make a Difference by the International Women's Forum Hall of Fame

      2006 - One of Time Magazine's 65 Asian Heroes

      2008 - One of A Different View's 15 Champions of World Democracy

      as for making tita cory a saint? well that would be ok but far way too imposible.. why not make tita cory a national hero? and why not?

      and i think, noynoy should run as president for the upcoming 2010 elections.. the death of his mom made a great impact to us all filipinos..

      i'l vote for noynoy if he runs for president.. he is responsible and im sure and i know he wants to follow his mom's footsteps.. clean and wise..

      as for kris.. she can't run nor walk because she doesn't know anything about politics.. all she knows about is her SNN news crap now nah and magbabalik ang the buzz! i hated her before her mom died, now im starting to like her but i still hate her.. but i know she will campaign for noynoy so cge nlng..

      anyway, im glad and proud my room was painted yellow.. it was just a coincidence cause it was already done before i transferred.. i usually love purple, admire blue, choose pink, but however, my walls were yellow all along.. and what does yellow mean? get the point? aw bogo ka kun wa ka kasabot..

      hehehe..

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      salamat Former President Cory Aquino..

      mamimis po namin kayo..

      maraming salamat po sa lahat ng ginwa nio sa pilipinas..

      mahal na mahal po namin kau..

      LABAN..

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thanks for the democracy,,.... you'll still remain in our hearts forever.. philippines love you!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to ronald sarraga dasma,cavite]

      the mother,,,,,,,,,,,,

      tnx pOh s Lhat.,,,,,,,

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      "Today our country has lost a mother."

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thank you so much pres.cory i will never forget you!thanks and your my hero!

      i love you so much![=

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      LABAN

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      FROM CAIRO EGYPT

      TO THE AQUINO FAMILY ,WE EXTENCE OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY.

      TITA CORY WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH,YOU ARE A GREAT MOTHER OF OUR NATION.YOU ARE THE GREATEST SYMBOL OF OUR COUNTRY,

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      SALAMAT TITA CORY!! YOU ARE REALLY A HERO TO EACH AND EVERYONE.... WE LOVE YOU..

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you President CORAZON AQUINO

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you President CORAZON AQUINO

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you President CORAZON AQUINO

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      what a great president CORY AQUINO was! i hope we can have another pres just her like who is so SINCERE,HONEST,GOD FEARING and the most of all a dearly mother to all of us FILIPINOS.....

      hope WITH MOTHER MARY'S INTERENTION WILL GIVE US FILIPINOS ANOTHER PRESIDENT JUST LIKE AS CORY!!!LON LIVE MADAM PRESIDENT CORY AQUINO! u'l remain in our HEARTS....

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A great lider left us but her contributions and all the things she has done are still with us...as a sign of giving honor and giving thanks to all that she had done, let us continue her fights..President Cory Aquino, we love you!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      you are our hero tita cory.. we will never forget you..

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      May you rest in God's love in his kingdom. . . We love you and Ninoy. Because of you, we are proud to be Filipinos!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wrong date of her death please correct

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wrong date of her death please correct

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      NAIZA LM 8 years ago

      What a great tribute for the former President Corazon Aquino. She has just recently passed away this August 1st. What a great loss for all the Filipinos. She is our democratic icon. Hope she rest in peace eternally.

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      gmansky 8 years ago

      Good lens. She would always be remembered as the first woman president of the Philippines and helped restore democracy to the Filipino people with People Power.

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      sunshinesplendid2 8 years ago

      Corazon "Cory" Aquino, was so brave that she fought for democracy in Philippines during her time. She surpassed all the trials for her and her family.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Despite of your privilege being born to a wealthy family, you had undergone so many painful experiences in life but you never complained nor gave up. It was your steadfast faith in God that sustained you with extraordinary strength to withstand all the storms blown unto you. God loves you, Tita Cory, we love you too.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      WE LOVE YOU MADAM MARIA CORAZON AQUINO , YOU ARE BEST PRESIDENT REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES, 1986 - 1992. CONDELENCES OF THE FAMILY AQUINO.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      ..she's was so brave...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      tanga

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      I has forgotten about her, but she was a great woman and an important public figure. 5* to you and her.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      I has forgotten about her, but she was a great woman and an important public figure. 5* to you and her.

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!