August 1, 2011 is the second death anniversary of the first woman president of the republic and the icon of Philippine democracy, Corazon Cojuangco Aquino. She is best remembered for leading the 1986 People Power Revolution in EDSA, which toppled the Marcos dictatorship. She was the first woman president of the Philippines and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. In 1986, TIME Magazine named her Woman of the Year. She stepped down from the presidency in 1992, but continued to be active in politics. In early 2008, she announced she had colon cancer and was undergoing treatment. She died at age 76 on August 1, 2009.
Cory Aquino Quotes
Quotations from the former Philippines president
“I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life”
“As I came to power peacefully, so shall I keep it”
“It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship”
“The only thing I can really offer the Filipino people is my sincerity.”