Corazon Aquino inauguration

Corazon C. Aquino, 11th President of the Philippines, pictured during the 1986 People Power Revolution.

Corazon C. Aquino (January 25, 1933-August 1, 2009) was the 11th President of the Republic of the Philippines and the first female president in Asia. Popularly known as Cory Aquino, she was the wife of the late Benigno Aquino Jr., who was assassinated on August 21,1983. Aquino was elected President during the People Power Revolution of 1986 that toppled the 20 year rule of Ferdinand Marcos.

She was listed "Woman of the Year" in TIME magazine for 1986. Aquino also improved relations with the West and many other Asian countries, including China. As World War III broke out, Aquino did not declare war on the Soviet Union but nonetheless supported the United States and NATO. A state of war was declared by President Aquino and the Philippine Congress when the People's Republic of China launched a limited invasion of the Philippines. Aquino remained at the Malacañang Palace during the limited invasion and refused to relocate to Baguio or Cebu City. Thankfully, the invasion was repelled by joint Filipino-American forces. The PLA never reached the capital of Manila.

She passed away on August 1, 2009 where her funeral was attended by hundreds of thousands of Filipinos.

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