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At 3 a.m. today, the 11th president of the Republic of the Philippines, Corazon Cojuangco Aquino died at the age of 76. After a year of battling with colon cancer, finally God decided to end her suffering and bring her to His loving embrace.

The whole nation mourned its great loss. We may have lost the icon of democracy, but what she eternally symbolizes and her legacy of freedom and non-violent resistance remain in our hearts. She was truly an amazing woman. From being a widow of the late Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., she became the first woman to become the president of the Republic of the Philippines. A leader that ended the years of tyranny from the hands of a dictator. A true symbol of democracy and freedom. She led the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. The event that etched the Philippines on the face of history, earned the respect and admiration of other countries and changed the lives of millions of Filipinos.

Whatever we, Filipinos are enjoying today, we owed it to her. No wonder how Filipinos love this simple yet truly remarkable and strong woman. Even in her death she remained simple for she opted to have a private funeral over a state funeral.

We should be happy for her, for she will already be united with her husband Ninoy. I know he's waiting for her with yellow ribbon tied on trees as what she did to welcome him home but he never get to see.

Tita Cory, go in peace to the Father's home. Help us Filipinos to guard your legacy with fervor.


Ron said...

This will hurt us all.

Bailey Baretto said...

well said. we are in great debt to the Aquino family...