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"Whatever you do, you need courage, whatever course you decide upon there
is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties
arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right" (Ralph Waldo
Emerson). In the beginning, Corazon Aquino did not seem like the ideal person to
run against Marcos, much less a groundbreaking woman. After her husband's 1983
assassination at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Aquino was abruptly forced
from her husband's shadow and into the public eye. The people pressured her to
continue Ninoy Aquino's mission to end Marcos's dictatorship and return
democracy to the Philippines. While in Boston, deciding whether to run against
Marcos's 1986 snap election, a friend warned Aquino that she needed to rethink
her political role and there was no school for presidents. Although many of her
friends and family didn't want her to run, Ninoy's words, "I will never be
able to forgive myself knowing that I could have done something and I did not
do anything," echoed within her and gave her the courage to proclaim her
candidacy and to continue her husband's mission to bring back democracy. As a
hero who inspired and encouraged many people, Aquino used her noble and
selfless act, strong faith and firm intrepidity to improve people's lives
during Marcos's regime and to set as an inspiration for others till the last
breaths of her life.
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Aquino's unselfish and noble acts are one of her most heroic traits.
Instead of living with her children and making sure they're safe, Aquino "declared her candidacy for President of the Philippines today, one day
after a court acquitted all 26 defendants accused of involvement in the assassination
two years ago of her husband, Benigno S. Aquino Jr., saying that the country
needs an 'unequivocal change' from 20 years of rule by President Ferdinand E.
Marcos" (Mydans). Aquino risked her and her children's lives to help bring
back democracy to the Philippines. Her candidacy made her big target. This gave
Marcos the opportunity to trash Aquino. ''They're like children without
experience Are you going to entrust to them the future of your family? No,
because you're going to trust one who is strong and firm, not one who is
inexperienced" (Marcos). She knew that Marcos could talk trash every day and
would do anything to make her look bad, but that didn't hamper her goals of
bringing down Marcos's dictatorship. Her sacrifices not only made her stronger,
but also proved how much courage she would exert just to make her country
better, not only for herself but for the people.
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By using faith and publicity,
Aquino served as an icon of peace and unity. The world has never seen " a
great revolution without bloodshed, but only in the Philippines. And what
is great? Her iconic symbol drove people to hold rosaries, picture of Virgin
Mary and join hands in praying the Holy Rosary in front of the tanks and
soldiers whose common goal is to follow orders from the country's strongman
Ferdinand Marcos" (Corazon Aquino a Saint and a Hero). Aquino's faith made her
influential enough for people to follow her on keeping everyone civil, even in
the midst of a revolutionary war. Aquino was a big part of the 1986 EDSA
Revolution, a movement where men, women, and children filled the street of EDSA
to make Marcos resign, but instead of using guns and tanks Aquino "prayed for
Filipinos not to put their anger as the basis to bring the Marcos dictatorship
down but she prayed for Filipinos to pray to soften the hearts of the soldiers
and the heart of their leader" (Corazon Aquino a Saint and a Hero). She used peace
instead of violence to bring down Marcos's government. Aquino proved bloodshed
and slaughter is never the key. Her faith and her religious belief helped her a
lot throughout her whole journey from her candidacy through her presidency.
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Corazon Aquino utilized her courage
to finish what she started. After winning the election, Aquino's fight wasn't
over. "Thousands of workers nationwide went on strike for higher pay
today, defying an appeal by President Corazon C. Aquino, who said labor unrest
would discourage needed foreign investment. The Government said the general
strike affected 169 companies employing more than 137,000 workers. Unions said
half a million workers on central Luzon island alone stayed home"
(Philippine Workers on Strike). During her presidency is when she needed most
of her strength and courage, because not only she needs to make sure she
fulfills her job, she needs to satisfy the people against her. She is the courageous president who saw off
a series of illegal and single-mindedly restored the institutions of democracy.
Seventeen years later after her presidency, Aquino faced another
challenge that needed not only her strength but her family's too. "On
March 2008, she was diagnosed to have a Colon cancer at stage four. Battling for
her own life is indeed the last test given to a true fighter" (Pres. Cory
Aquino - Born A Winner, Died A Fighter). She tried to remain strong and she
tried to hold on for her family. Aquino won many people's hearts for remaining
strong and brave enough to fight till the last moments of her life with a
mission in mind to encourage and motivate others to keep going no matter what
obstacle they come across. The strength Aquino had been able to bring down the
most powerful man yet wasn't strong enough to fight through the most difficult
battle of her life.
A hero is someone who people look
up to for their noble deeds, strong faith and firm courage and determination.
Hero is the perfect word to describe Corazon Aquino. Obstacles, hurdles, low
blows and criticism came her way but that didn't stop her from doing what she
thinks is right. Aquino is inspiration because the amount of courage she had
was outstanding; she made her own stand and decision on running for president.
Robert Waldo Emerson's quote reflects Aquino. "Whatever you do, you need
courage, whatever course you decide upon there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to
believe your critics are right." Courage was the only thing Aquino had
when everyone doubted her ability of being a strong competitor against Marcos,
yet she didn't let the people affect her decision. By this, Corazon Aquino exemplifies
the true definition of a hero.
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