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Corazon Aquino

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Corazon Aquino's Biography

Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco-Aquino (January 25, 1933 – August 1, 2009) was the 11th President of the Philippines and the first woman to hold that office. Aquino was also the first female president and head of state in Asia. She is best remembered for leading the 1986 People Power Revolution, which toppled Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy in the Philippines. She is considered an icon of democracy, and was titled by TIME Magazine in 1986 as its 'Woman of the Year'.

A self-proclaimed "plain housewife", Aquino was married to Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., the staunchest critic of then President Ferdinand Marcos. Senator Aquino was assassinated on August 21, 1983 upon returning to the Philippines after three years in exile in the United States. After her husband's assassination, Aquino emerged as the leader of the opposition against the Marcos administration. In late 1985, when President Marcos called for a snap election, Aquino ran for president with former senator Salvador Laurel as her vice-presidential running mate. After the elections were held on February 7, 1986, the Batasang Pambansa proclaimed him the winner in the elections, Aquino called for massive civil disobedience protests, declaring herself as having been cheated and as the real winner in the elections. Filipinos enthusiastically heeded her call and rallied behind her. These series of events eventually led to the ousting of Marcos and the installation of Aquino as President of the Philippines on February 25, 1986 through the People Power Revolution.

As President, Aquino oversaw the promulgation of a new constitution, which limited the powers of the presidency and established a bicameral legislature. Her administration gave strong emphasis and concern for civil liberties and human rights, and peace talks with communist insurgents and Muslim secessionists. Aquino's economic policies centered on bringing back economic health and confidence and focused on creating a market-oriented and socially-responsible economy. Aquino's administration also faced a series of coup attempts and destructive natural calamities and disasters until the end of her term in 1992.

Succeeded by Fidel V. Ramos as President in 1992, Aquino returned to private life although she remained active in the public eye, often voicing her views and opinions on the pressing political issues. In 2008, Aquino was diagnosed with colon cancer and, after a one-year battle with the disease, died on August 1, 2009.

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The son of late democracy heroine Corazon Aquino trounced his rivals by a landslide in national elections
The son of late democracy heroine Corazon Aquino trounced his rivals by a landslide in national elections
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Corazon Aquino News Stories

  • Embattled PNoy gave best SONA ever, critics say

      News Source: GMA News | 8 hours ago
    Lawmakers, who are known to be critical of President Aquino and his administration, for a change gave glowing reviews of President Benigno Aquino III's penultimate State of the Nation Address on Monday. President was able to address major issues
  • Stamps featuring Cory’s paintings to mark her 5th death anniversary

      News Source: GMA News | 10 hours ago
    Starting Aug. 1, the Philippine Postal Corporation will issue stamps featuring paintings by the late Corazon Aquino , as the nation marks the former President's fifth death anniversary...Aquino took an "active interest" in painting under the tutelage
  • Aquino shuns DAP defense, focuses on legacy

      News Source: | 11 hours ago
    President Benigno Aquino III on Monday maximized his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) by focusing on the challenges surpassed by his administration and the legacy he will eventually leave behind. Instead of the combative President who was

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  • The Jeopardy Fan: Who'll Be The Final Nine?

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    Clue: <span style="cursor:default;color:#660000;" title="Corazon Aquino">Her husband's assassination & a People Power revolution made her president in 1986</span> His correct response put him at $4,400!
  • Implications of the Philippines-US military deal - Rappler

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    When the Philippine government of Corazon Aquino voted in 1991 to close Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base – major American military facilities in Southeast Asia – at the end of the Cold War, the strategic importance of the alliance to both ...
  • Drilon: Lawyers should be problem-solvers rather than ...

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    ... Drilon joins the exclusive groups of achievers recognized by the premier state university such as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon; Philippine Presidents Manuel Quezon, Benigno Aquino, Fidel Ramos, Corazon Aquino; and Senators ...

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