Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cory Aquino Died at 76

[1933-2009]

Philippines' 11th and Asia's 1st female president died at 76 last August 1, 2009 after losing battle to colon cancer.

Cory Aquino is the widow of the late Senator Ninoy Aquino who was assassinated in August 21, 1983. The assassination of the latter catapulted Cory to the politics, toppling the 20-year Marcos dictatorship through leading a bloodless 'People Power' revolution in 1986. She instantly became an "Icon of Democracy" and serves as an inspiration for other countries to revolt against autocratic authorities. In 6 years within the office, Cory crushed 7 coup attempts in sustaining the Philippine democracy.
A devout Catholic, loving mother and a loyal citizen, Madame Cory does stick true to her principles: “I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.”
"Aquino was hailed by many as a modern-day Joan of Arc."
-Reuters
"The 'people power' uprising Aquino led in 1986 brought down the repressive 20-year regime of Ferdinand Marcos and served as an inspiration to nonviolent resistance across the globe, including those that ended Communist rule in eastern Europe."
-Yahoo
"Cory remained untainted by corruption up until her last days in office."
-Nelson, Long Beach USA
BBC News website reader
"Her courage, determination, and moral leadership are an inspiration to us all and exemplify the best in the Filipino nation. On behalf of the American people, the president extends his deepest condolences to the Aquino family and the nation of the Philippines."
-Barack Obama
The mere fact that all Filipinos are liberating their freedom right now is more than enough reason on why we should pay homage to her legacy.
Hands down to the Mother of Democracy in all of Asia!

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