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Corazon Aquinoalso known as Cory made an amazing accomplishment by becoming the first female president of the Philippines She had to overcome many obstacles before she took on this major role But in the end her presidency contributed greatly to the way the Filipino government functions today Corazon Aquino the first woman president of the Philippines made many positive changes in the country On January 25 1933 Corazon Aquino was born She grew up in a wealthy family and had a very happy childhood She had seven brothers and sisters Cory lived in Manila until it was time for her to go to college She studied in the US and in 1953 graduated from Mt St Vincent with degrees in French and Math She was elected to the honor society of Kappa Gamma Pi an organization for women in catholic colleges who display moral character and good grades She was very shy but had a strong spiritCorazon Aquino Returning to the Philippines Cory enrolled in the College of Law in Manila While she was there she met Benigno Aquino One year later Benigno and Corazon were married In the following years they had five children Benigno was very involved in politics and Cory was a quiet shy housewife Benigno later became the chief political rival of Ferdinand Marcos Marcos extended his presidency beyond the constitutional limit of eight years and declared himself a dictator He imprisoned the political leaders who opposed him Therefore Corys husband was arrested and put in solidary confinement When Benigno was freed he had to go to the US to undergo heart surgery After three years in the US Benigno returned home
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