More than just a symbol

Corazon C. Aquino, Philippine President from 1986 to 1992, passed away on 1 August 2009.  I was a high school student in the 1980s when she was thrust in the limelight soon after the assassination of her husband, Benigno Aquino.  People Power would never have been the miracle it was if Cory had not stepped up to challenge the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

This Time article is a good introduction to Cory’s life.

And this more personal article from Paulynn Paredes Sicam is very touching. There is a video interview with Jessica Soho on the same page.

I have my own memories of those days and the shaky years that followed the transition from dictatorship to democracy.  It will take me a long time to unravel them.

For other recent articles on the late President, visit the homepage.

People Power’s Philippine Saint: Corazon Aquino

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About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his latest poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. View all posts by matangmanok

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