Corazon C. Aquino died today at the age of 76. Her death is a personal loss for me. I was just 14 years old when she ran for Presidency. I remembered singing the "Bayan Ko" for the first time with passion when Butch Abad came to my town and awaken the Filipino pride in us by a song. I never felt that Filipino pride in me until Cory came to challenge the dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.
I consider Cory as the best Presidents we ever had and I am truly blest to have lived during her leadership. Plagued with 7 coup attemps by selfish military men who are now serving as our Senators she survived them all courageously strengthened by her faith in God and her deep devotion to the Mother of God, Mary Most Holy. During those difficult times, no one knew that she was kept secretly inside comtemplative convents of the Pink Sisters, founded by St. Arnold Janssen, SVD.
At times, I didn't agree with her when she joined forces with Joseph Estrada but now I understand.
Cory never thought of herself alone. In all her decisions, she always considers what the Filipino people may benefit from her decision. Her saintly life as a devout Catholic leader was tarnished only by her own children's lapse judgment but she remained loving to her children.
I never heard any bad thing about Cory. Only God knows how virtuous she lived her life privately.
For me, she's a saint worthy of emulation.
May she rest in peace!