Biography of Cory Aquino

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Life of the Former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino

Maria Corazon "Cory" Sumulong Cojuangco Aquino (January 25, 1933 – August 1, 2009) was the First Female President and First elected Female Head of State in Asia and the 11th President of the Philippines. She was born on January 25, 1993 in Tarlac as the sixth of eight children, Ceferino, Pedro, Josephine Reyes, Tere Lopa, Carmen, Peping and Maria Paz Teopaco. She had her grade school studies in St. Scholastica’s College Manila as class valedictorian in 1943. She also studied law in Far Eastern University for a year.
Cory Aquino, a “plain housewife”, was the wife of Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., the youngest senator elected in the Senate. They had 5 children, namely Maria Elena, Aurora Corazon, Benigno Simeon III (Noynoy Aquino), Victoria Eliza and Kristina Bernadette (Kris Aquino). Ninoy was assassinated upon his arrival in Manila International Airport (present Ninoy Aquino International Airport).
After her husband’s assassinaton, Cory became active and fought against President Ferdinand Marcos’ Regime. She united the Filipinos in fighting for freedom which created the “1986 EDSA People Power Revolution”. The Revolution started when the Archbishop of Manila, Jaime Cardinal Sin, called millions of Filipinos to revolt along Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) while Juan Ponce Enrile and Gen. Fidel Ramos have been holding operations. With that, President Marcos called for a snap election and with that, Cory won. Cory was in office from February 25, 1986- June 30, 1992 with Salvador H. Laurel as Vice President. Democracy was restored and a new constitution was created which limited the powers of the presidency and established a bicameral legislature.
Cory had a lot of government programs that helped the country’s economy. Some of her programs were the Economic Management, Agrarian Reform, Constitutional and…...

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