A year after she was diagnosed with colon cancer, Former President Corazon C. Aquino succumbed to the disease. President Aquino has been in confinement at the Makati Medical Center since June this year where she received medical attention and had took pain medications. And after a month of fighting, the beloved president joined our Creator and her husband. The devastating news was delivered by her only son, Senator Noynoy Aquino via public announcement at around 6:30 am on Saturday morning.
Aquino's demise has gripped the Filipinos because of her contribution in restoring peace and democracy to their country. It can be noted that her husband, then-Senator Ninoy Aquino, was assassinated at the Manila International Airport (now the Ninoy Aquino International Airport) the moment he went down from the plane he flew in. From then on, the simple yet intelligent widow became the symbol of Filipino's hope for freedom from the Marcos regime.
It was on February of 1986 where democracy and freedom has at last been given back to the hands of the Filipino people. The now infamous People Power Revolution became the mark of how Filipinos valued their independence and the love for their country. Mrs. Aquino served as their strength to combat military forces and ammunition. She still remains seen as an icon of freedom.
And after peacefully stepping down from power, Cory Aquino did not turn her back when it came to serving her country. Thus, she became the country's guiding force to national issues and also serves as the living proof that even presidents can be simple, humble and religious. These traits endeared her more to her countrymen. Her intelligent opinions regarding Arroyo's administration and the proposed charter change has been valued greatly by politicians and the common people as well.
And now, as she takes the journey to eternity, The Black and White Movement will have a candle-lighting ceremony. The activity will take place at the Ayala Tower 1 in Ayala Avenue near Paseo de Roxas in Makati City. According to Leah Navarro, one of the organizers, they chose this venue because of its historic relevance to the life of Tita Cory. It can be remembered that it was in the same place that Aquino marched for her presidency while supporters showered her with yellow confetti.
The candle-lighting ceremony will take place at 9 am. Navarro also states that prayers will be offered and this is their way of showing support and respecting the family's privacy at their moment of grief while they wait for the details of President Cory's wake. Soy candles, beeswax candles and even ordinary candles can be lit because as what President Cory epitomizes - even presidents can be a common person too.