Saturday, August 01, 2009

Former Philippine President Cory Aquino - Icon of Philippine Democracy (1933 - 2009)

Former Philippine President Cory Aquino died August 01, 2009 at the age of 76 after an 18 month battle with colon cancer. She is considered an Icon of Philippine democracy and the first women President of Southeast Asia. Mrs. Aquino rosed to prominence after her husband the late Benigno Aquino, Jr. was assassinated at the tarmac of then Manila International Airport (which later was named to Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA) on August 21, 1983. The "people power" uprising which Mrs. Aquino led brought down the 20 year regime of Ferdinand Marcos. The Philippine "people power" style was an inspiration to nonviolent resistance around the world, including those that ended communist rule particularly in eastern Europe. I may say, Mrs. Corazon Aquino was beloved to many Filipino people. She is a devout Catholic, a true mother to her children and to a nation. She never questioned God about her cancer because it is only her who is involved in this battle. She will be remembered in Philippine and world history as the woman who led a bloodless revolution against a dictator. As our nation mourns on her death, I believe Mrs. Aquino is very happy that she is with her almighty God. She is very happy that she will be reunited with her beloved Ninoy. A nation has lost an icon, a symbol of democracy, a woman of bravery, and a mother to Filipino people.
My thoughts and prayers for Mrs. Cory Aquino's family in this difficult times.

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