Tag Archives: Cory Aquino

From Where I am, I Can Only Look at Pictures of What You Leave Behind

for Cory Aquino

A line of sacred ibises beats
silently against the blue chill
of dawn.  How certain they are,
eastward, though darkness grips
their beaks.  Not for themselves,
they bring together land and sky.

Their journey is everything and nothing.

-o-


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