It was reported today that Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino, icon of people power in the Philippines and around the world, passed away at 3:18 a.m. Saturday (1 August 2009). Her son, Senator Benigno Aquino III, said that the official cause of death was cardio-respiratory arrest.
The 76-year-old Aquino was diagnosed last year (March 24,2009) with stage 2 colon cancer and was treated with chemotherapy. Last May, she undergo surgery to remove parts of her colon and was brought to the Makati Medical Center in June due to loss of appetite. She never left the hospital, as her declining condition sparked a wave of emotion of the many people especially Filipino people and prompted the widespread appearance of yellow ribbons - on trees, car antennas, and even the Web in the country.Even the Pope gave his prayers to the family of Mrs. Aquino.
Senator Aquino informed everyone that, "She would have wanted us to thank each and everyone of you for all your continued love and support. It was her wish for all of us to pray for one another and for our country. Hinihiling ng aming pamilya ng kaunting panahon para makasama ang aming ina."
Dressed in her signature yellow, Mrs. Aquino rallied the middle class in a series of protests culminating in the 1986 people power revolt that toppled the 20-year regime of strongman Ferdinand Marcos and swept her to the presidency.
She blamed the Marcos government for the assassination of her husband, opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy" Aquino Jr., who was gunned down at the NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ( NAIA) upon returning from exile in 1983.
The former housewife reluctantly took over as Marcos’ main challenger, becoming an international icon of democracy after her victory sparked a wave of pro-democracy movements around the world. Time Magazine named Mrs. Aquino its Woman of the Year in 1986.
After her presidency, Mrs. Aquino retired to private life. She took an active interest in painting, with flowers and women as subjects, and joined various art exhibits to raise funds for her advocacies: the Senator Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation, Pinoy Me, ASA Foundation, and People Power People.
For the Filipino people she is one of our Hero because she fought for our democracy.To the family of Mrs. Corazon C. Aquino, our condolences and may she rest in peace with God.