"For the first time in
my 18 years in the Philippines, I found myself in the front line of a demonstration. After
a few minutes my fear was gone; there was only love for the people and concern for their
well-being . . ."
Fr. Arnold Boehme, OCD
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Corazon Cojuanco Aquino was born in
Tarlac on January 25, 1933 to an affluent landowning family.
Cory received elementary
education in St. Scholasticas College, Manila and later at the Assumption Convent.
Later, she left for the United States to study in Ravenhill Academy in Philadelphia, Notre
Dame Convent School in New York, College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York and Far
Eastern University in the Philippines. Her Bachelor of Arts degree was finished in Mount
Saint Vincent College, majoring in French and Mathematics. Her honorary degrees include
Doctor of Humane Letters, College of Mount Saint Vincent (NY), Ateneo de Manila University
and Xavier University (Philippines), Doctor of Laws from University of the Philippines,
and Honoris Causa, Boston University, Fordham University, Waseda University (Tokyo),
Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas (Manila), as well as Doctor of
Humanities, Stonehill College in Massachusetts.
She enrolled in a law course
in Manila in 1956, but her marriage to Benigno Aquino, Jr. forced her to give up her
studies. By this marriage, five children were born: Maria, Elena, Aurora, Benigno III,
Victoria and Kris.
Corys role as a
homemaker and mother changed when her husband was assassinated on August 21, 1983, leading
to her distinction as the first woman president.