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.
Corazon C. Aquino