Corazon Aquino: The Father Of The Philippines

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Born on January 25, 1933, in Paniqui, Tarlac, María Corazón "Cory" Sumulong Cojuangco. Both her parents came from wealthy and politically active clans. Aquino went tp St. Scholastica 's College in Manila, where she graduated on top of her class and was batch valedictorian for her elementary years. For high school, she moved to Assumption Convent for her first year of high school, only to move to the United States, to attend Ravenhill Academy in Philadelphia and to transfer again the next year to Notre Dame Convent School in New York City where she graduated (Encyclopedia of World Biography.). She continued her college education in the U.S. She went on to attend College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York City, where she majored in Mathematics…show more content…
Despite the accolades she has received thwarting the Marcos dictatorship and becoming the President of the Philippines, Aquino has always firmly stated that it was actually the Filipino people, not her, who restored democracy in the Philippines she was merely an instrument. Because of her strong belief of justice and her vocal antipathy against government corruption Filipinos always called for her to lead to the streets to express public outrage against the conspiracies and corruption of even the highest and most powerful politicians. On March 24, 2008, Aquino 's family announced that Cory had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, On August 1, 2009 after more than 1 year battling cancer, the 76-year-old Aquino died peacefully at her hospital bed surrounded by her family at 3:18 a.m., of cardiorespiratory arrest. Her death provoked a worldwide reaction, and thousands attended her wake and funeral. Hillary Clinton stated that Aquino was “admired by the world for her extraordinary courage” in leading the fight against dictatorship. Pope Benedict XVI applauded her “courageous commitment to the freedom of the Filipino people, her firm rejection of violence and intolerance” (Inquirer). She was honored by Time Magazine as Woman of the Year in 1986. In 1994, Aquino was cited as one of 100 Women Who Shaped World History in a reference book written by Gail Meyer Rolka and published by Bluewood Books in San Francisco, California. In 1996, she received the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding from the Fulbright Association, joining past recipients such as Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela. In 1996, she received the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding from the Fulbright Association, joining past recipients such as Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela. Her image
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