Maria Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco Aquino was a Filipino politician and the first female president of the Philippines. She became an influential figure due to her participation during the 1986 People Power Revolution, which ended the 21-year long dictatorship of President Ferdinand Marcos. She became involved with politics and a leader against Marcos, after the assassination of her husband. When she became President she heavily advocated for civil liberties and human rights. Aquino not only changed her life, but also the state of the Philippines, and as a filipina she has made many firsts. She was named Time magazine’s Woman of the Year in 1986 and is now remembered as an ‘Icon of Philippine Democracy’. She was also the first Filipino to be given the prestigious Prize For Freedom Award in 1987. You can visit her monuments in the capital Manila and her home province, Tarlac.
“I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a live a meaningless life”
– Corazon Aquino