Democracy Icon Passed Away

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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 a wife to Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Servillano Aquino, Jr. a UP graduate and member of Upsilon Sigma Phi (Wikipedia entry).

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)
  • Honors:
    • 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

“Flag at half-mast” photo by Erwin Oliva licensed under CC By-SA 2.0.
“Ancestry” and “Honors” source: Wikipedia

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