Corazon Aquino, Former Philippines President, Dead At 76 : The Two-Way Former President of the Philippines, Maria Corazon Aquino, has died at age 76 after being diagnosed with colon cancer last year. She was the Philippines' and Asia's first woman president.
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Corazon Aquino, Former Philippines President, Dead At 76

President Corazon Aquino accompanied by Armed Forces Chief Gen. Fidel Ramos smiles past the honor guards upon arrival in Manila, Friday, Sept. 4, 1986 at the General headquarters to inaugurate the housing projects for military men. Emerito Antonio/AP Photo hide caption

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President Corazon Aquino accompanied by Armed Forces Chief Gen. Fidel Ramos smiles past the honor guards upon arrival in Manila, Friday, Sept. 4, 1986 at the General headquarters to inaugurate the housing projects for military men.

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Former President of the Philippines, Maria Corazon Aquino, has died at age 76 after being diagnosed with colon cancer last year. She was the Philippines' and Asia's first woman president.

After the brazen killing of her husband, politician Begnino Aquino Jr., in 1983 upon his arrival at the Manila airport following exile in the U.S, his widow became the leader of a massive, non-violent "People Power" protest movement that eventually led to the ouster of long-time strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

She assumed the presidency in 1986, the same year she became Time's "Woman of the Year" and eventually would fend off seven coup attempts, finally leaving office in 1992.

An unassuming, soft-spoken, self-described housewife, she became a symbol of democratic change and hope for millions around the world.