MANILA, Philippines – Today, marks the second year death anniversary of the woman considered to be the nation’s Mother of Democracy, the 11th President of the Republic of the Philippines, the late Corazon C. Aquino who passed away at the age of 76 due to colon cancer; the nation pays tribute for her historic contribution.
Aquino once was applauded for her stirring speech before the joint session of the United States Congress, Washington, D.C. on September 18, 1986, and left one of the powerful lines, “Three years ago I left America in grief, to bury my husband Ninoy Aquino. I thought I had left it also, to lay to rest his restless dream of Philippine freedom. Today, I have returned as the President of a free people.”
She was the symbolic head of the opposition in the historic landmark Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) People Power Revolution that catapulted her to the Presidency in 1986.
After assuming into office, she did not last only for six months, but survived her six-year term as President.
In Manila proper, the city mayor, Alfredo Lim signed a proclamation declaring August 1 as Corazon C. Aquino Day as confirmed by his chief of staff and media bureau chief, Ric de Guzman on Sunday. Highlight of the celebration will be a memorial ceremony, prepared by the City of Manila, at her monument, alongside the monument of her husband, the martyred Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr., on the corner of Roxas Boulevard and P. Burgos in Intramuros, Manila.
Meanwhile, a strict security plan will be implemented in the Manila Memorial Park.
Parañaque police will sternly guard all people who will enter the cemetery, but will not hinder people who would wish to offer flowers at the tomb of the late president according to Police Chief Nestor Pastoral.
A Eucharistic Celebration will be held at before Mrs. Aquino’s tomb, which will be attended by President Benigno Aquino III and his sisters according to Malacañang.
Monuments of the late Senator Ninoy Aquino and President Cory Aquino, situated on the corner of Roxas Boulevard and P. Burgos Street, Intramuros, Manila.
Born January 25, 1933, Mrs. Aquino spent most of her young life abroad where she studied in the United States. In 1986, she was hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Woman of the Year’ and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, in 2006 and cited her as one of Asia’s greatest heroes.
She was known for her governance of simplicity, honesty, and integrity, restored investor confidence in the economy.