Cory Aquino, Goodbye
At 3:18 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2009, Philippine time, Maria Corazon Cojuanco S. Aquino, the 11th President of the Philippines, passed away after a valiant battle against colon cancer. She was 76.
She breathed her last, with practically the entire Filipino people – of all personal and political persuasions – joined in prayer, demonstrating their love and affection for their beloved “Cory.”
Mrs. Aquino occupies a place in history together with those great men and women that, by choice or force of circumstances, or both, altered the course of their personal life to answer a higher calling – that of and for their country and people; and, in the process, set an example, a legacy for the rest of humanity.
So much has been said and written about of her. Many more will be said and written, now that she is gone.
In hindsight, we who may not have been on the same side as hers before, during or even after EDSA, cannot add to, let alone detract from or mitigate those accolades of admiration and respect.
We, therefore, join in humility and sincerity, the universal chorus of recognition and praise of her, even as we join, at this time of sadness, with her family, the Philippine nation and the rest of the world in mourning the loss of someone so unforgettable, an icon.