Cory Aquino. 1933-2009

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When a whole population takes on the status of bystander, the victims are without allies; the criminals, unchecked, are strengthened; and only then do we need to speak of heroes. When a field is filled from end to end with sheep, a stag stands out. When a continent is filled end to end with the compliant, we learn what heroism is. And alas for the society that requires heroes.

– Cynthia Ozick, In her essay, “Of Christian Heroism”


Nothing can take our victory from us. No power can pry from our hands the freedom we have won this day.

In 1972, our country was taken from us by force in the dead of night and kept from us by deception. We became exiles in our own land. Now we have our country back. And it is fitting that, as we lost it in darkness, we have regained it in the night.

We are home again, in a country we can once more call our own. We have won back our country and won it with bravery, sacrifice, honor, and distinction. This night marks our true independence. We owe no one for our freedom but ourselves.

It is not for me to thank the Filipino people; it is for all of us to welcome ourselves home. Mabuhay ang Pilipino.

– From Cory Aquino’s victory statement, February 8, 1986

Some memorial readings: To be a woman! February 3, 1986; Business & Cory: An affair to remember, August 23, 1986; Is he? August 23, 1986; The Conscience of the Filipino: The Sacrifice, August, 1986; If, August 23, 1986; The fabric of freedom, February 25, 1996; Corazon Aquino: Person of the Century, December 30, 1999; Elections are like water, May 4, 2004; Circle to Circle, December 30, 2004, The perpetual avoidance of opportunity, 2007.

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    • Bert on August 1, 2009 at 11:16 am

    My whole family’s condolences to the President’s family. We mourn with the whole nation for her, our dear Cory.

    • cvj on August 1, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Thank you Cory for all that you’ve done for our people.

  1. to the end,
    and beyond,

    CORY fulfilled her contract with her people,
    and her commitment to God.

    Maraming Salamat.

  2. Thank You Cory!

    • BrianB on August 1, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Jessica Zafra has written what to me is the most acceptable good-bye:

    http://jessicarulestheuniverse.com/2009/08/01/tita-cory/

    I agree with this with all my heart:

    “Say what you will about her administration, the illusions dashed and opportunities missed, but she was decent to us. She never mocked us, made fun of our hopes, or knowingly insulted our intelligence.”

    • Omar Fria on August 1, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Paalam at maraming, maraming salamat.

    • baycas on August 1, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    The Aquino Foundation:

    http://www.coryaquino.ph/

    • grd on August 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Thank you Tita Cory! It’s a sad day for most filipinos.

  3. She’s was destined to be loved and remembered by her people. We’ll all miss her.
    http://thelivingrice.blogspot.com/2009/08/corazon-aquino-destined-to-be-loved-and.html

  4. I pray for Cory and her loved ones.

    But I also pray for us, for now that one of the brightest lights of decency has been extinguished, I fear that the darkness will take over once again.

    • Philjoy Lopez-Baluyut on August 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Memories of President Cory Aquino will always be remembered and those exemplary deeds are deeply penetrated in our hearts. The story of her life teaches us that God makes a way imperceivable or unanticipated to place us in whatever position in this world He deems perfect for us to fulfill the mission He wants us to accomplish. She became our President not by her own will but by the will of the people and she accepted that divine designation wholeheartedly…we witnessed that beyond simplicity, there is a magnanimity.

    • Dirk Pitt on August 2, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Paalam at Maraming Salamat Our Cory

  5. Paalam, Cory. Thank you for your contribution. Have a good time with Ninoy!

  6. 9 MONTHS AFTER SHE’S BEEN LAID TO REST:

    Cory’s death is the beginning of another life, or “death” of ideals,
    that will be delivered in May 2010.

    Now, the next leader is arming himself with
    the strong will to win. But will it really be about sacrificing his life
    for the good of the nation? Will it really be about the will to serve?

    Replacing the yellow ribbons to pay respect to a democratic icon,
    will be the countless campaign posters of the next alternatives to
    President Arroyo. It will definitely be a confusing choice among
    the lesser evils. Unless someone from anonymity, a true statesman
    sprouts from nowhere and capture the imagination of this nation.

    Like EDSA I, years after, it’s all been about politics, corruption,
    and greed. We’ll be back with candidates claiming they’re for the poor.

    If you’re really for the poor, the needy, the underprivileged,
    then spend all that campaign cash to worthy causes,
    as a private citizen.

    Why go for the highest position to serve the lowliest among us?

    Citizen Juans, added to more Juans, can create a multitude,
    a swelling of goodwill to help one another, and lead
    a movement, free of political color, to figure out a way
    to lessen the gap between those who have a lot, and those who have none.

    This is what the EDSA Miracle taught us, one person standing along
    that highway matters, it counts, to total into a million, to make a statement.
    We didn’t go to that highway to have a political path.
    We just wanted an overstaying President to leave the Palace.

    This drama and overflowing emotion of goodwill and idealism
    will be gone so soon. The power chasers will make themselves
    felt to win the electorate.

    Savor the lull, the calm, from a nation so dedicated to
    democracy. Cherish the ideal.

    Once the power hopefuls run, their shadows are so black,
    the sunshiny brightness of Cory’s yellow
    will quickly transform into the darkness of night.

    • Marv Mijares on August 3, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Marcos pa rin!

    • Maryann Gacutan Agana on August 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    I would like to propose to all our countrymen to show unity by donating a peso for cory’s cause. One peso = 1 vote against all our corrupt officials. I can envision millions of peso in its equivalent. The money that will be accumulated can feed the really hungry countrymen whom Cory would have wanted to feed. Can someone pls step forward and collect from us all?? How about a title like PISO PARA KAY CORY AQUINO?

    • torn on August 3, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Marv

    Thanks for reminding us of the utter tastelessness and inanity of the Marcos loyalistas. It is disgusting that even in this tragic week your heroine Imelda cannot resist waddling into the limelight to offer “reconciliation” – despite her probable leading role in the murder of Cory’s husband.

    Thanks again for confirming the stereotype—great job.

  7. si cory ang presidente na hindi kurakot. mahal na mahal niya ang mga pilipino at ang bansang pilipinas. condolence sa mga kama-anak ni cory.

    • Marv Mijares on August 3, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    The return of the oligarchs brought about by the edsa mob 1 is disgusting

    • marife on August 3, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Former President Cory You are a good model to all the filipinos! You are a great leader! not corrupt.Good bye Madame President.We will miss you!

    • Juan Dela Cruz on August 3, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Marv , hindi ka pa ba tinamaan ng cognitive dissonance , si Marcos may mga sariling cronies din na naging mga oligarchs rin .

    • Marv Mijares on August 3, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    mrs. aquino’s regime brought back the old oligarchs who took advantage of the filipinos

    • prince on August 4, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    paalam sau cory aquino salamat salahat ng ginawa mo

    • Benjamin Rico Respicio on August 4, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Cory Aquino is an epitome of a great leader. The sincerity & moral character in her leadership will be hard to surpass by other leaders. Some may still criticize her even in death but I think it doesn’t really matter at this point. The tribute being given to her by the Filipino people will speak for itself.
    Thank you Mrs. Cory Aquino for what you have done for this country. Thank you for making us proud as Filipinos. May you rest in peace in the presence of our Lord.

  8. Tita Cory thank you for everything you did for the country we love you and you will always be in our hearts forever you remain the saint and the hero even for the next generation come..

    Love,
    From the people of Bacolod City

    • carlo on August 5, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    tita cory we thank God for giving you to us..
    who have given us our democracy and shown us the real meaning faith…
    Thanks po ma’am.. paalam

  9. From Amparo Ferreras Lavender August 6,2009.
    #76 is very special number in the Bible. Luke 3:23-38.
    May relevant ang buhay namin ni Cory Aquino. Sa panahon niya noon bilang Presidente, na-byuda rin ako. Nagkataon na-elect ako bilang presidente ng aming asosasyon. Katulad ni Cory, isa lang akong simlpeng maybahay at byuda. Sabi kasi ng mga miyembro, “Why don’t they try a woman president in our assosayon?” Dahil affective daw ang panunungkulan ni Presidente Cory Aquino sa sambayanan. Yun na nga! panalo din ako as a president in our association! Salamat President Cory Aquino.

    Isa ako sa lihim na umiiyak sa pagkawala niya. Pilit kong hinanap ang comfort sa Bibliya. Ito po ang natunghayan ko.
    There are 76 generation between God to Jesus Christ. President Cory died in her 76 years of age. 1933-2009=76. I don’t know what does it mean. But it comfort a lot. And I want to shout it to the whole world, number 76 is very special to the Lord. Salamat President Cory sa tapat mong paglilingkod sa sambayanan. Mapalad ang buo mong pamilya sa pagkakaroon ng isang Cory sa buhay nila.

    From Amparo Lavender

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    Amparo Lavender on Thu, 6th Aug 2009 10:34 am

    From Amparo Ferreras Lavender August 6,2009.
    #76 is very special number in the Bible. Luke 3:23-38.
    May relevant ang buhay namin ni Cory Aquino. Sa panahon niya noon bilang Presidente, na-byuda rin ako. Nagkataon na-elect ako bilang presidente ng aming asosasyon. Katulad ni Cory, isa lang akong simlpeng maybahay at byuda. Sabi kasi ng mga miyembro, “Why don’t they try a woman president in our association?” Dahil affective daw ang panunungkulan ni Presidente Cory Aquino sa sambayanan. Yun na nga! panalo din ako as a president in our association! Salamat President Cory Aquino.

    Isa ako sa lihim na umiiyak sa pagkawala niya. Pilit kong hinanap ang comfort sa Bibliya. Ito po ang natunghayan ko.
    There are 76 generation between God to Jesus Christ. President Cory died in her 76 years of age. 1933-2009=76. I don’t know what does it mean. But it comfort a lot. And I want to shout it to the whole world, number 76 is very special to the Lord. Salamat President Cory sa tapat mong paglilingkod sa sambayanan. Mapalad ang buo mong pamilya sa pagkakaroon ng isang Cory sa buhay nila.

    From Amparo Lavender

  11. -thank you tita corry, your not just a leader but a MOTHERS of all Filipinos, and we will sure you that the Filipino people will continue your advocacy to seek freedom and peace!!!!

    To Aquino family Especially to KRIS, I salute you for being strong despite of all this TRIALS, you’ve really shown that you kris and other siblings are really AQUINO FAMILY!!!!

    tita Corry your memories will always be remembered by all……
    We love you and SALAMAT!!!!!!

    • mhaye on August 6, 2009 at 11:53 am

    thank you madam President.
    Humahanga po ako sayo. Naikwento po ng mama ko
    kung ano po nagawa nyo para sa bansang Pilipinas.
    sana po naabutan ko ung panahon na ung..
    we luv you tita Cory.

    • anna ancheta-azcuna on August 6, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    It will take another lifetime to have another Cory Aquino again. goodbye Madam Pres. Cory and thank you for your strength and courage to uphold what is right and wrong and for giving us back the freedom and democracy in the country.

    • Fred Amores on August 7, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Goodbye President Cory Aquino. Tuloy ang laban para sa tunay na demokrasya!

    • Susana Malig Sanchez on August 7, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Pres. Cory your’re truly God’s greatest gift to us. In your God’s life kindly pray for us here on earth. Thank you very much.

  12. i give my Condolence to the Aquino family for the death of the former president Corazon Aquino. she is one of the worlds notable icon in the struggle for Democracy and Freedom.

    • Marie on August 7, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Maraming maraming salamat po President Cory Aquino.
    Nawa’y namulat mo ang buong sambayanan tungo sa kapayapaan ng ating bansa.
    ikaw lang ang Nag-iisa at natatanging Ina ng Bansang Pilipinas.
    We love you President Cory.
    R.I.P.

    • DARRYL HANNA CHASE E. ORBE on August 12, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    THANK YOU PO SA LAHAT NG NAGAWA NINYO SA BAYAN NATIN

    • godofredo calayag on August 19, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    i support the “I Am Cory” movement. Isa-buhay natin ang mga mithiin ni Pangulong Cory, gawin natin, huwag lamang sabihin. Maging MakaDiyos, Makabayan, Maka-kalikasan. Sa ganitong paraan, mananatili si Pangulong Cory sa ating isip at buhay.

    • RONNIE on August 20, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    CORY AQUINO SALAMAT SA NAGAWA MUH SA BAYAN KAYA LABAN TAYU LABAN NATIN ANG DEMOKRASYA

  13. THANK YOU CORY AT NINOY WE LOVE YOU

  14. I BASURA NATIN SI GLORIA KASI WALA SYANG PAKIBABANG SA BANSA BUTI PA IKAW CORY LAHAT IBIBIGAY KESA KAY GLORIA WALANA NGA NAGAGAWA SA BANSA NA NGUNGURAKOT PA(^_^)PEACE!!!!

  15. CORY WE TRUST IN YOU!!!THAKS FOR GIVE SA BANSA NATIN MRAMING SALAMAT GMA KURAKOT^^!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • kate on August 21, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    im prod to u i dol kita pressedente kaparin para sakin i basura gi gloria

    i love u tita corry aquino

    • george on August 26, 2009 at 10:42 am

    cory thank kumg hmdi dhil sayu wlang demokrasya sa

    pilipinas

  16. Goodbye Tita Cory

    Kung Di sayo di maibabalik ang demokrasya sa Pilipinas

    • John Christian Canda on August 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    For me, Mrs. Aquino was a good Lady President whose goodness was exploited by her opportunistic relatives (Kamag-Anak Inc.), Leftists, and traditional politicians. May she rest in peace.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uW25cQ-Xj0

    • wenkz on September 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    you we’re definitely disgusted Marv because we sent your boss flying out like a scowl dog in 1986.. truth hurts isn’t it?? oligarchs?? i bet you have minions.. waiting for your arrival at the gates of hell.. andun naman din si bossing mo hinihintay ka rin nya dun..

    • Marvin on November 18, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    isa sa mga magaling at marangal na presidente si dating pangulong Cory Aquino. sana magkaroon pa ng presidente na katulad niya.

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