President Benigno Aquino 3rd commemorated the 83rd birth anniversary of his mother, the late former president Corazon Aquino, with Mass at her tomb at Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City (Metro Manila), Malacañang said on Monday.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said President Aquino, along with his sisters, heard the Mass.
“In commemoration of President Corazon Aquino’s 83rd birth anniversary, her family offered Mass at her tomb at Manila Memorial Park at noon [Sunday],” Coloma told reporters.
“A Mass will also be offered at 5:30 p.m. [Monday] at the chapel in Rockwell Power Plant 5th floor” in Makati City, he said.
Mrs. Aquino succumbed to cardio-pulmonary arrest on August 1, 2009 after a year of battle against colon cancer.
In a statement, Coloma said “the Filipino nation pays homage to the memory of President Corazon Aquino,” whom he recalled “took on the leadership of the movement to restore democracy after the assassination of [her husband]Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. in 1983.”
Mrs. Aquino “became President in the aftermath of the triumph of the EDSA People Power revolution following the failed snap elections in February 1986,” he noted.
“As President, she moved decisively to restore and rebuild the democratic institutions that had been dismantled during the regime of the dictatorship since the imposition of martial rule in September 1972,” Coloma said.
He cited Mrs. Aquino for her “steadfast dedication and commitment to democracy,” which was “highlighted by the conduct of credible elections and the peaceful handover of power to a new President [Fidel V. Ramos] in June 1992.”
Coloma, who briefly served as Presidential Management Staff head during the Corazon Aquino administration, described his former boss as an “effective leader,” from whom he “learned lots of lessons and good examples.”
Mrs. Aquino became Philippine President in the aftermath of the triumph of the EDSA People Power revolution as a result of the failed snap elections in February 1986.