Corazon C. Aquino (1933-2009)

Rest in peace, Pres. Cory! And may GOD Bless your soul forever!!! Thank you so much, Cory!!! (please click on pic to link to Cory's site!)

August 1st, 2009, is a very sad day in my homeland, the Philippines. For on this day, former President Corazon C. Aquino (the eleventh president to lead my country, from 1986 to 1992) died after her bout with cancer. She was 76 years old.
This humble blog offers its sincerest prayers, sympathies and condolences to her entire family.
No doubt there will be countless outpouring of tributes that will be made in her name. And through this post, I would also like to pay my deepest respect to honor her memory.
The very first time I exercised my right to vote was in college, waaay back in 1986 during the so-called snap presidential election (announced by then incumbent president, the late Ferdinand E. Marcos). This was to determine who actually wielded true control of the country, as numerous mass actions were being staged virtually everywhere following the 1983 assassination of Cory’s husband, Benigno Aquino, Jr. It would prove to be the catalyst for meaningful events unprecedented in Philippine politics! And I am proud of myself, even until now, that I was one of those people who supported Cory’s run for the presidency. Needless to say, during those tumultuous times when yellow reigned as the symbolic color of change, with still an impressionable young mind that bordered mostly on activism, I voted for her as my president. I had nary a doubt nor regret about my decision! In fact, looking back at that time, I recalled feeling larger than life, a young man who believed he made the wisest of choices! And I wasn’t wrong either! Because Cory Aquino ultimately won that election. This would culminate in the famous four days in February of 1986 (from the 22nd to the 25th), collectively and popularly known as the peaceful People Power Revolution, abruptly ending the 20-year regime of Ferdinand Marcos! And the rest, as they say, is history!
In hindsight, Cory’s six-year term as president was replete with enormous challenges, both from natural calamities (the 1990 earthquake, the 1991 Pinatubo eruption, and the Ormoc City flooding from typhoon Uring, also in 1991) and political upheavals, most notably the seven coup attempts against her government. But none of these would bring her down from her rule that was rightfully– and democratically– empowered in her! It was also during her six-year term that a new Philippine Constitution was enacted, replacing the erstwhile 1973 Martial-Law-penned constitution.
In all the years since running and winning the snap election, to serving her full term as president, to her post-presidency years, and even until her last days, she displayed the same integrity, honesty, humility, love of country, devotion to duty, strength of character, and God-fearing nature that made her the first duly-elected woman-president of the Republic of the Philippines and Time Magazine’s 1986 “Woman of the Year,” as well as one of the 20 Most Influential Asians of the 20th century!
She was just a simple housewife, who– in her desire to continue the legacy of her husband Ninoy’s firm belief that “the Filipino is worth dying for”– happened to be the country’s president for a mere six years and gave back to her people the democracy that was repressed for twenty years!
(Now, if you are someone who is eyeing the presidency, or any political position, but wants in earnest to fiddle with the Constitution and transform it back to the rule of regime that you fought so hard for to get out from in the first place, then you ought to think twice! Clearly, you’re missing the goal! With such self-interest, you can’t possibly lead a country all too mired in distrust with leadership and expect to bring it back to the glory days after EDSA ’86, when hope was fuel enough to rebuild a nation. Because, come to think of it: How can you see the light and relive this hope when, because of ulterior motive and vested interests, you can’t hold a candle to Cory’s nobility of purpose??!)