Aquino leads wreath-laying ceremony for former President Corazon Aquino

February 25, 2012 10:56 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 25 — President Benigno S. Aquino III led Saturday the wreath-laying ceremony for his mother, the late president Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco Aquino as part of the 26th anniversary celebration of the Edsa People Power Revolution.

Presidents Cory Aquino’s monument, erected through the initiatives of the City of Manila, is located at Padre Burgos St. corner Bonifacio Drive at Rizal Park. Her statue stands beside her husband’s monument, the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

The statue of the late Jaime Cardinal, which was also honored Saturday by local officials of Manila, is also located in the area.

In the historical marker dedicated for the former leader, it says the City of Manila erected the statue to enliven the spirit of democracy in the country that President Cory Aquino championed. The monument was inaugurated January 25, 2010.

President Cory Aquino, the 11th president of the country, also became the Time Magazine “Woman of the Year” in 1986 following her rise to power. She was also a Ramon Magsaysay award recipient in 1988.

Aquino, who is also the first woman president of the Philippines, was propelled to the country’s highest office following the Edsa People Power Revolution in 1986.

A devout Roman Catholic, Aquino led the restoration of democracy and changed the country's Constitution during her six-year term in office.

Even after stepping down from power, she remained in the public eye and continued to speak out on political issues.

The former president passed away on August 1, 2009, after battling colon cancer for more than a year. (PNA)

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