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teena86 GOODBYE OUR DEAR (ex) PRESIDENT CORY AQUINO 1 Aug 1 2009, 12:51 AM EDT by teena86
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MANILA, Philippines – Former President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino has passed away.

She was 76.

Her son Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III confirmed that she died of cardio-respiratory arrest at exactly 3:18 a.m. Saturday at the Makati Medical Center.

Mrs. Aquino has been diagnosed with colon cancer early in 2008 and has been confined at the Makati Medical Center for more than a month.

Mrs. Aquino, widow of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., will be remembered as an icon of democracy, having led a military-backed popular revolt in 1986 that ousted a dictator who ruled the country for 20 years.

At about 5 a.m. outside the hospital, Noynoy read a statement announcing the death of his mother.

The statement read:

"Our mother peacefully passed away at 3:18 a.m., August 1, 2009, of cardio-respiratory arrest.

“She would have wanted to thank each and every one of you for all the prayers and your continued love and support. It was her wish for all of us to pray for one another and for our country.

“Hinihiling po ng aming pamilya ang kaunting panahon para makasama namin ang aming mahal na ina.

“Later today, we will be announcing further details of her wake para sa lahat ng ating mga minamahal na kababayan na nais magbigay ng respeto sa aming ina. Maraming salamat po.”

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo expressed her condolences to the family of the former President, Arroyo's press secretary said.

The President is set to declare a week of national mourning, said Press Secretary Cerge Remonde in a live phone patch from the US where he is accompanying Arroyo who is on official visit there.

Remonde said the President could cut short her trip but that they were going to discuss the matter when they get to New York, their next stop after Washington D.C. where she met President Barack Obama at the White House.

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teena86 SONA - Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (page: 1 2) 22 Jul 31 2009, 10:54 AM EDT by teena86
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Thank you, Speaker Nograles, Senate President Enrile, Senators, Representatives, Vice President de
Castro, President Ramos, Chief Justice Puno, Ambassadors, friends:
The past twelve months have been a year for the history books. Financial meltdown in the West spread
throughout the world...
Tens of millions lost their jobs; billions across the globe have been hurt—the poor always harder than
the rich. No one was spared....
It has affected us already. But the story of the Philippines in 2008 is that the country weathered a
succession of global crises in fuel, in food, then in finance and finally the economy in a global
recession, never losing focus and with economic fundamentals intact...
A few days ago, Moody’s has just announced the upgrade of our credit rating, citing the resilience of
our economy. The state of our nation is a strong economy. Good news for our people, bad news for
our critics...
I did not become President to be popular. To work, to lead, to protect and preserve our country, our
people, that is why I became President. When my father left the Presidency, we were second to Japan. I
want our Republic to be ready for the first world in 20 years...
Towards that vision, we made key reforms. Our economic plan centers on putting people first. Higit sa
lahat ang layunin ng ating mga patakaran ay tulungan ang masipag na karaniwang Pilipino. New tax
revenues were put in place to help pay for better healthcare, more roads, a strong education system.
Housing policies were designed to lift up our poorest citizens so they can live and raise a family with
dignity. Ang ating mga puhunan sa agrikultura ay naglalayong kilalanin ang ating mga magsasaka
bilang backbone ng ating bansa, at bigyan sila ng mga modernong kagamitan to feed our nation and
feed their own family....
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teena86 NATIONAL ARTISTs 2009 0 Jul 31 2009, 10:28 AM EDT by teena86
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National Artists of the Philippines 2009
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has conferred the Order of National Artists under Proclamations 1823-1839 to seven individuals.

National Artists of the Philippines for 2009:

Manuel Urbano a.k.a Manuel Conde (Film and Broadcast)
Lazaro Francisco (Literature)
Federico Aguilar Alcuz (Visual Arts, Painting, Sculpture and Mixed Media)
Cecilla Guidote-Alvarez (Theater)
Magno Jose “Carlo” Caparas (Visual Arts and Film)
Francisco Manosa (Architecture)
Jose “Pitoy” Moreno (Fashion Design)

The title is given to a Filipino for having made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts.
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