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Remembering Cory Aquino, the first Woman President of the Philippines

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

She has gone forever but she left a legacy that everyone will treasure.

DEMOCRACY was her language, PEACE, was her tongue, FREEDOM, her favorite and JUSTICE, her daily prayer. Cory Aquino, the one and only president who was true to her words and who made the people felt different, was a true advocate and fighter for democracy and freedom. Despite her many critics and the many people who had not trusted her capabilities in politics, she has done what she thought was right for her people amidst the trials and problems that followed her every step.

The reason I joined the People Power Revolution in 1986 was because of my love for her and what she was fighting for. I experienced climbing up the fence and joining the millions of Filipinos in fighting for democracy in my country. We faced the tanks and armed men with peace in our hearts and what we got in return was freedom. Without President Cory Aquino, we wouldn't have regained our freedom that we are enjoying right now.

Philippine President, Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, better known as “Tita Cory” to her people died at the age of 76, on August 1, 2009, leaving the country in deep mourning. Yet, her death spelled peace and cooperation from among her people who loved her to her death. It was a story to tell to the world because her death caused no troubles instead peace and care from everyone whom she had taught the value of peace, love and care, when she was still living. The teachings she has instilled in her people was what they gifted her as she bid goodbye to her people forever.

Perhaps one would say it is such a tragic incident for such a very especial person to go when she is still pursuing her mission in this chaotic world of ours. No other person has fought for peace, freedom and democracy like she did. She has gone, but she will always remain in the hearts of millions and millions of people. People love her because she is a true person. According to her niece, in her description of her Aunt Cory Aquino- "What you see is what you get".

The woman I had fallen in love with since I saw her flashing the L sign in 1986 which meant “laban”- in English, it means fight,- died causing the country in great pain. Why was Pres. Aquino that popular to Filipinos? What did she fight for? She fought endlessly for freedom, peace and democracy for her people. Back then, the Philippines was ruled by a president who has become a dictator for twenty years. People have been denied their freedom and kept away from the truth. When she finally surfaced because of the very peaceful People Power Revolution who gave her the power to become the next president in 1986, democracy has finally been regained by the Filipino people.

She was a woman full of kindness, humbleness, calmness, love and care for her people. In one of her speeches she has said and I quote, “Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice, otherwise it will not last. While we all hope for peace, it shouldn’t be peace at any cost but peace based on principle, on justice.”

President Cory Aquino has always been a faithful advocate of peace, freedom and democracy. Her mind was all set to help promote peace in her country, among her people and throughout the world. She was the first Philippine and Asian female president who became very popular internationally because of her advocacy to democracy, peace, women empowerment and religion. In 1986, she became “Woman of the Year”, in Time Magazine.

President Cory Aquino was not an ordinary Filipino citizen. She was bred from one of the wealthiest families in the Philippines and was educated in good schools in the Philippines and in the United States of America.

Despite her social standing and the highest position she was given in the Philippine government, Pres. Cory Aquino remained the humble and kind widow, mother and friend to everyone. When she left Malacañang Palace after her term as a president, she preferred to ride her simple white, Toyota Crown that she purchased herself instead of the government car, the Mercedes. Once again, she was an ordinary Filipino citizen.

Even as a private citizen, Pres. Cory Aquino has continued to fight for freedom, justice, peace and democracy. This is the reason why millions and millions of people love her.

She exudes peace, democracy and calmness wherever she went. She was a woman who gave too much to her people. In fact, a woman who attended one of her meetings said, “If you are looking at her and listening to her, she sounds like a saint and you just love looking and listening at her talk.”

When Pres. Cory Aquino died on August 1, 2009 at 3:18 am (Philippine time), everybody wept for her. During her wake, a lot has been told by people who were very close to her about who she really was in real life. For example, while two of her security aides were waiting outside, she suddenly brought them steaming noodles that she herself prepared. Her caretaker has lived with her for more than fifty years and she has made their lives better, plus many more stories that a woman with too much power has done to ordinary citizens. She was a true person and was loved and respected by all the people around her.

Even while in bed fighting for her life, the doctors and nurses who had attended to her were all shocked because according to them, she was more concerned and worried about them than herself. Pres. Cory Aquino was a simple housewife before her husband died, a mother, a grandmother but she was not like just another woman, she was one of a kind.

When Pres. Cory Aquino was finally brought to Manila Memorial, more than 300, 000 people attended the funeral to bid goodbye to their icon. As she lay in peace, the people of the Philippines grieved for her death. What a pain to have lost such a very special person in the lives of the people. Without her now, who will take her place to fight for peace, justice and democracy in this chaotic world of ours?



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