I woke up this morning rather a little late than usual. I joined my father and sister downstairs for a little chat since hubby and little boy were still deep in slumber. The television was on and I was so shocked to learn that former Philippine president Corazon Aquino had passed away. She rejoined the Savior on August 1, 2009 at 3:18 am due to a cardio-respiratory arrest. She was 76 years old.
January 25, 1933 - August 1, 2009
Diagnosed with advanced colon cancer last year, she underwent chemotherapy but the cancer had already spread to her other organs, making her weaker to continue the treatment.
Swept and elevated to the presidential seat in 1986 by People Power known amongst Filipinos and all over the world, Corazon Aquino proved her mettle as a woman, wife, mother and leader of the Philippines.
Donning her signature yellow dress, Corazon Aquino rallied with the people in strong protest to oust the 20-year autocratic rule of her predecessor, Ferdinand Marcos.
A housewife to opposition leader Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., (assassinated at the Manila airport upon his return from exile in 1983), the lady in yellow had taken the reins of leading the country to a peaceful and democratic sovereignty. Her courage and determination had inspired a wave of nonviolent protests and rallies across countries and around the globe.
I need not elaborate her political achievements for it has been written and read many times. I am not really an avid supporter of her as well. As a woman and mother, I appreciated her for she had lead this country to a peaceful walk to freedom and equality. Not in so many ways but it was a great start. I just pray that other people will stop abusing People Power (in its full glorious sense) everytime they want to overthrow a government they consider as ineffective and corrupt.
To her honor and memory, may she find eternal solace in the loving hands of God.
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