Democracy Icon Passed Away
Today, Saturday, August 1, 2009, Maria Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco Aquino passed away at around 3:18am ACT (Friday, July 31, 2009, 7:18pm UTC).
She became the icon of a peaceful revolution that was duplicated in the ASEAN region and around the world – People Power Revolution. I was only 4 years old at that time but I can still remember most of it (visually, I don’t recall how I felt at that time).
She’s also a mother of five namely – Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Maria Elena A. Cruz, Aurora Corazon A. Abellada, Victoria Eliza A. Dee, and Kristina Bernadette A. Yap.
Condolences to the family and yes, a big thanks.
- Full Name: Maria Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco Aquino
- Born: January 25, 1933
- Died: August 1, 2009
- Age: 76
- Presidency: 11th President of the Republic of the Philippines (1986 to 1992)
- 1st Female President of the Philippines and Asia
- 6th of 8 children of Jose Cojuangco of Tarlac and Demetria Sumulong of Antipolo, Rizal
- Married to: Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Servillano Aquino, Jr.
- Children: 5
- Benigno Simeon Aquino III
- Maria Elena A. Cruz
- Aurora Corazon A. Abellada
- Victoria Eliza A. Dee
- Kristina Bernadette A. Yap
- Ancestry: Chinese-mestizo family
- ⅛ Tagalog (Maternal)
- ⅛ Kapampangan (Paternal)
- ¼ Spanish (Paternal)
- Half-Chinese (Maternal and Paternal)
- 1986 Time Magazine Woman of the Year
- 1986 Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award
- 1986 United Nations Silver Medal
- 1986 Canadian International Prize for Freedom
- 1986 Nobel Peace Prize nominee
- 1986 International Democracy Award from the International Association of Political Consultants
- 1987 Prize For Freedom Award from Liberal International
- 1993 Special Peace Award from the Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Awards Foundation and Concerned Women of the Philippines
- 1994 One of 100 Women Who Shaped World History (by G.M. Rolka, Bluewood Books, San Francisco, CA)
- 1995 Path to Peace Award
- 1996 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding from the U.S. Department of State
- 1998 Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding
- 1998 Pearl S. Buck Award
- 1999 One of Time Magazine’s 20 Most Influential Asians of the 20th Century
- 2001 World Citizenship Award
- 2005 David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Awards
- 2005 One of the World’s Elite Women Who Make a Difference by the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame
- 2006 One of Time Magazine’s 65 Asian Heroes
- 2008 One of A Different View’s 15 Champions of World Democracy
- EWC Asia Pacific Community Building Award
- Women’s International Center International Leadership Living Legacy Award
- Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize
- United Nations Development Fund for Women Noel Award for Political Leadership
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