Real Name: Maria Corazon "Cory" Sumulong Cojuangco Aquino
Birthday: January 25, 1933
Birth Place: Paniqui, Tarlac (Philippines)
Died: August 1, 2009 3:18 a.m. at Makati Medical Center suffering from colon cancer at the age of 76
Mother’s Name: Demetria Sumulong of Antipolo Rizal (pharmacist, daughter of senator)
Father’s Name: Jose Cojuanco of Tarlac (3 term congressman)
Corazon Aquino was the sixth child out of eight.
Social Status: one of the richest Chinese-Mestizo families in the Philippines, in Tarlac. Cory Aquino’s family was one-eighth Tagalog from her mother side, one-eighth Kapampangan and one-fourth Spanish from her father side, and half-Chinese from both maternal and paternal sides.
Year Married: 1954
Husband: Senator Benigno Servillano “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. (1932 to 1983), the son of a former Speaker of the National Assembly. He was assassinated last August 21, 1983, at the Manila International Airport, becoming a martyr in the Philippines' struggle for democracy. Senator Aquino, the Opposition leader at the time of his death, had been the first person jailed upon the declaration of martial law in 1972. He suffered imprisonment in a military camp for seven years and seven months, with only a short break in the U.S. to undertake heart surgery.
Cory Aquino’s Children: They had five children together: four daughters(Maria Elena A. Cruz, Aurora Corazon A. Abellada, Victoria Eliza A. Dee, and actress-television host Kristina “Kris” Bernadette A. Yap) and one son (Benigno Simeon Aquino III, who was elected to the Philippine Senate in 2007).
Grade school: St. Scholastica Colege Manila (graduated valedictorian in 1943)
High school: Assumption Convent in Manila (enrolled for 1 year only in 1945)
Cory Aquino was sent to the United States to study at the Ravenhill Academy in Philadelphia, the Notre Dame Convent School in New York, and the College of Mount Saint Vincent, also in New York.
Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York where she majored in French and minored in Mathematics (1953). She planned to become a math teacher and a language interpreter.
She pursued studies in Law at Far Eastern University (owned by the family of the late Nicanor Reyes, Sr., who had been the father-in-law of her older sister Josephine.) when she returned to Philippines, which she discontinued upon her marriage to Benigno S. Aquino, Jr.
Cory Aquino Awards and Achievements
1. 1986 Time Magazine Woman of the Year
2. 1986 Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award
3. 1986 United Nations Silver Medal
4. 1986 Canadian International Prize for Freedom
5. 1986 Nobel Peace Prize nominee
6. 1986 International Democracy Award from the International Association of Political Consultants
7. 1987 Prize For Freedom Award from Liberal International
8. 1993 Special Peace Award from the Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Awards Foundation and Concerned Women of the Philippines
9. 1994 One of 100 Women Who Shaped World History (by G.M. Rolka, Bluewood Books, San Francisco, CA)
10. 1995 Path to Peace Award
11. 1996 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding from the U.S. Department of State
12. 1998 Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding
13. 1998 Pearl S. Buck Award
14. 1999 One of Time Magazine's 20 Most Influential Asians of the 20th Century
15. 2001 World Citizenship Award
16. 2005 David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Awards
17. 2005 One of the World's Elite Women Who Make a Difference by the International Women's Forum Hall of Fame
18. 2006 One of Time Magazine's 65 Asian Heroes
19. 2008 One of A Different View's 15 Champions of World Democracy
20. EWC Asia Pacific Community Building Award
21. Women's International Center International Leadership Living Legacy Award
22. Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize
23. United Nations Development Fund for Women Noel Award for Political Leadership
1. Doctor of International Relations, honoris causa, from:
• Boston University in Boston
• Eastern University in St. David, PA
• Fordham University in New York
• Waseda University in Tokyo
2. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from:
• University of the Philippines
• University of Santo Tomas in Manila
3. Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from:
• Ateneo de Manila University
• College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York
• Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan (Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines)
4. Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, from:
• San Beda College in Manila, 2000
• Seattle University, 2002
• Stonehill College in Massachusetts
• University of Oregon, 1995
5. Doctor of Public Administration, honoris causa, from:
• Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila), June 1994
1. Corazon Aquino was the 11th President of the Philippines (February 25, 1986 to June 30, 1992).
- Prime Minister was Salvador H. Laurel
- Vice President was Salvador H. Laurel
- Preceded by Ferdinand E. Marcos
- Succeeded by Fidel V. Ramos
2. Asia and Philippines first female president.