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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

  • AFTA and the sugar industry: Tiempo Muerto or Tiempo Suerte

      News Source: GMA News | 2 days ago
    Cuaresma or Holy Week is the time when Filipinos reflect on the agony of Jesus Christ. It is also the time when the mamumugon the workers in the vast haciendas or plantations of Negros Occidental slip into a suspended state between life and death, a
  • NY1 ItCH: De Blasio's Restoration Project

      News Source: NY1 | 6 days ago
    Patti Smith It's become the p-word in City Hall and in his 100th day in office, the mayor invoked his magic word 21 times. Paul Murnane cooed: Progressive the most beautiful label ever heard We'll keep using the word til it seems absurd. And with a
  • The Philippines: A new condominium

      News Source: The Economist | 7 days ago
    The first of several attempts to make the government offer contraception was proposed in Congress 16 years ago. All attempts failed, shunned by presidents and politicians reluctant to antagonise the church. Since the Catholic primate of the

Corazon Aquino Blogs

  • You blooming beast, you! | Peace, Love & Great Country Music

      Blog Source: | 2 hours ago
    ... wait to see it finally open up and do its thing. “Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.” Corazon

      Blog Source: | 2 hours ago
    Corazon Aquino in 1987, requiring all radio stations with musical format programs to broadcast a minimum of four (4) original Pilipino musical compositions in every clock hour. “OPM aims to ensure the growth of the local music industry; thus, ...
  • Randy Ford Author- POSTE RESTANTE MANILA Chapter Thirteen ......

      Blog Source: | 2 hours ago
    Cordero had never asked himself whether Corazon Aquino was strong enough to control the cultic vigilantes that she used. Cordero didn't worry when she said she wasn't a politician. He didn't react until he was directly affected. Cordero

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