Aside from being hailed as the country’s first lady president and the person responsible for ousting tyranny in the country, Aquino made remarkable contributions in the many political and social strata in and out of the country:
In 1994, Aquino was cited as one of 100 Women Who Shaped World History in a reference book written by Gail Meyer Rolka and published in California. In August 1999, Aquino was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 20 Most Influential Asians of the 20th century. The same magazine cited her in November 2006 as one of 65 great Asian Heroes, along with Mahatma Gandhi and many other notable personalities. In January 2008, the Europe-based A Different View selected Aquino as one of the 15 Champions of World Democracy, alongside Lincoln, Luther King Jr and so many others. Also, not to mention nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, citations from the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights and World Citizenship awards and being hailed as Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year in 1986.
In my opinion, more than the accolades, the praise, the recognitions, I absolutely agree with one person who said “We should thank Aquino for giving us the BEST reason to be proud of being a Filipino”. I guess she may not totally mirror the Filipino masses for she was born with a silver spoon, but she definitely reflects the image of a caring mother who tried to free her sons and daughters from the grips of oppression, deprivation and dictatorship.
Grace under pressure – you’ll be remembered Cory, not just because you championed the Filipino race, but for simply who you are – a mother, a member of the church and a true blue Pinoy.