Cory, “Saint of People’s Power,” on TIME’S cover

August 6, 2009 9:21 am 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Aug. 06 -— The newsmagazine that appears to best love the late former President Corazon Aquino has put her on its cover for the third time, albeit without her iconic face but those of priests officiating a mass at her funeral at the Manila Cathedral.

Aquino died on August 1 and was laid to rest on August 5.

TIME magazine’s cover story, entitled “The Death of Corazon Aquino, Saint of People Power, 1933-2009,” was written by Howard Chua-Eoan, a relative of Mrs. Aquino’s close friend of the EDSA Days, the late Betty Go-Belmonte.

The article said that in the case of Mrs. Aquino, her life proved two maxims to be untrue.

One,that “political sainthood is a gift from heaven with a Cinderella deadline –once past midnight, you are a pumpkin.”

Two, that “personal virtues are never a guarantee of effective or successful governance.”

TIME said that “What was truly shocking about Aquino's tumultuous six-year term as President of the Philippines was that those maxims proved untrue."

"Midnight always threatened Aquino but never struck; and she was a good woman whose goodness alone, at the very end, was what proved enough, if only by an iota, to save her country."

Aquino was first on TIME’s cover in December 1986 as “Woman of Year,” when she rose to the Presidency of the Philippines and became Asia’s first female Head of State. She was interviewed by then Hong Kong Bureau Chief William Stewart with Manila Reporter Nelly Sindayen, recently deceased.

The second instance was in August 1999 as one of the 100 “Most Influential Asians of the Century,” written by her friend and supporter Sandra Burton, who died in 2004. Burton was travelling on the same plane that Benigno Aquino Jr. took on the day he was killed. Burton testified at the hearing of that incident.(PNA)

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