Mass farewell to ex-Philippine leader AquinoTens of thousands of Filipinos, many in tears, lined the streets of Manila to see the coffin carrying former leader Corazon Aquino Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco Aquino (born January 25, 1933), widely known as 'Cory Aquino', was President of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992. She was the first female President of The Philippines. during an emotional procession to the capital's cathedral on Monday.
The ex-president, whose husband was assassinated as·sas·si·nate
tr.v. as·sas·si·nat·ed, as·sas·si·nat·ing, as·sas·si·nates
1. To murder (a prominent person) by surprise attack, as for political reasons.
2. by forces loyal to dictator Ferdinand Marcos Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralín Marcos (September 11, 1917 – September 28, 1989) was President of the Philippines from 1966 to 1986. He was a lawyer, member of the Philippine House of Representatives (1949-1959) and a member of the Philippine Senate (1959-1965). after returning home from exile in 1983, died of cancer at the weekend and is to be buried on Wednesday.
There has been a massive outpouring of tributes for the woman fondly called Tita, or Auntie, Cory, a grandmotherly grand·moth·er·ly
1. Characteristic of or befitting a grandmother.
2. Having the qualities of a grandmother. figure credited with restoring democracy to the nation.
Traffic ground to a halt and confetti rained down from office blocks as people from all walks of life braved intermittent rain to get near Aquino's coffin, lying on a bed of yellow flowers atop an open truck that slowly made its way through the Makati financial district.
Making the letter "L" sign with their fingers for Laban (fight) -- Aquino's party slogan -- the crowd sang a revolutionary anthem and chanted "Cory, Cory".
Women openly cried as yellow balloons symbolising Aquino's "People Power" revolution were released into the air. Yellow banners fluttered from rooftops and posters of Aquino hung from lampposts outside the stock exchange.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all," the youngest of the Aquino children, actress Kristina Bernadette, said as the convoy stopped in front of a statue of her late father, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino.
"Our hearts feel so wonderful because you are letting us feel that you loved my mum very much," she said. "I feel so blessed to be a Filipino."
She said allowing the public to view her mother's body was "our way of saying thank you to the people who were with us from the very start".
Imelda Marcos Imelda Trinidad Romuáldez-Marcos (born July 2, 1929 in Manila) is a former First Lady and influential political figure in the Philippines. She is known as the "Steel Butterfly" and remains a controversial figure not only in her home country, but around the world. , the famously-extravagant widow of Aquino's archfoe, said she hoped for national reconciliation.
"I can feel the pain, the loss of a loved one, so I am in prayer. If these two families reconciled, there will be a miracle for the Philippines," the former first lady said on television.
The Aquino family earlier said relatives of Marcos could attend the wake for the former president, but should not expect a warm welcome.
Aquino's family rejected the offer of a state funeral The perspective and/or examples in this article do not represent a world-wide view. Please [ edit] this page to improve its geographical balance. from President Gloria Arroyo, who fell out with the former leader over allegations of corruption in Arroyo's administration.
Sirens wailed and ships docked at Manila's harbour blared their horns as the procession approached the Manila Cathedral The Manila Cathedral, also known as the minor basilica of the Immaculate Conception, was the seat of the Archbishop of Manila during the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines, and still remains the ecclesisastical seat of the Archdiocese of Manila. after a five-hour trip across town that covered a mere 12 kilometres (7.5 miles).
Classical music played while her body was received on a red carpet. She was taken near the altar, and priests wafted incense.
"The battle is over, victory is won," said close family friend Bishop Socrates Villegas, who helped officiate of·fi·ci·ate
v. of·fi·ci·at·ed, of·fi·ci·at·ing, of·fi·ci·ates
1. To perform the duties and functions of an office or a position of authority.
2. To serve as an officiant. at a mass.
Mourners offered silent prayers and recalled fond memories of the deeply religious woman who, even in death, wore her trademark yellow dress, and clutched a rosary with a golden cross.
Many wore pins and shirts with pictures of Aquino, whose death sparked tributes from around the world.
Among those who had visited her body was Wan Azizah Wan Ismail Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (born 3 December 1952) is a Malaysian politician. She is the president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People's Justice Party) and the party's Member of Parliament for Permatang Pauh since 1999. , the wife of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim Dato' Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim (born August 10, 1947) is a former deputy prime minister and finance minister of Malaysia. Early in his career, he became a protege of the former prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir bin Mohamad, but subsequently emerged as the most prominent critic of , who called Aquino a source of inspiration for Asian leaders.
East Timor East Timor (tē`môr) or Timor-Leste (–lĕsht), Tetum Timor Lorosae, republic, officially Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (2002 est. pop. President Jose Ramos-Horta was also expected to view the coffin at the cathedral later Monday, friends and family said.
Reluctantly stepping into the shoes of her husband, Aquino in 1986 challenged Marcos in a presidential election that he won amid massive cheating.
A group of military officers subsequently turned against him, and Aquino called millions onto the streets to protect them from Marcos's troops.
This mushroomed into a massive street protest that eventually forced Marcos to flee to Hawaii, where he died in 1989.