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8.01.2009

Farewell, Corazon Aquino, Asia's First Woman President




Corazon "Cory" Aquino
AKA María Corazón Sumulong Cojuangco Aquino

  • 1st Filipina President and Asia's 1st Female President (1986)
  • 1st Filipina President of the 5th Republic of the Philippines (1986)
  • 1st Filipina and 1st Woman to receive the J. William Fullbright Prize for International Understanding (1996)
  • 11th President of the Republic of the Philippines


The Associated Press Report:

"Former President Corazon Aquino, who swept away a dictator with a "people power" revolt and sustained democracy by fighting off seven coup attempts in six years, died on Saturday, her son said. She was 76.

The uprising she led in 1986 ended the repressive 20-year regime of Ferdinand Marcos and inspired nonviolent protests across the globe, including those that ended communist rule in eastern Europe. Aquino rose to power after the 1983 assassination of her husband, opposition leader Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr.

She was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer last year and confined to a Manila hospital for more than a month. Her son said the cancer had spread to other organs and she was too weak to continue chemotherapy."


Read more
Corazon Aquino, Philippines president, dead at 76
World condoles on Aquino's death
CORAZON AQUINO, 76: 'People Power' Leader Toppled Philippine Dictator
Erap on Cory's death: Our country has lost a mother

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