Having experienced the euphoria of EDSA 1986 in the Philippines, I can imagine the jubilation and hope now flooding the streets of Egypt. The road to freedom – true freedom, and not the one spoonfed by mass media to couchdwellers (hahahaha, new term) – will be far from smooth. May the people of Egypt find their way on their own terms and without the shadow of some other power’s hands hovering over their land.
This is just the beginning. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT!
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.