MANILA, Philippines — In death as in life, former President Corazon Aquino will be remembered as a simple woman unaffected by the trappings of power.
The former democracy icon and the country’s first woman President will be laid to rest beside her husband, former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., in a simple white tomb with the inscription “Corazon C. Aquino ‘Cory’, Jan. 25,1933-Aug. 1, 2009.”
Six yellow ribbons were tied around two pillars of the Aquino mausoleum, while yellow flowers were placed on top of Mrs. Aquino’s tomb early this morning.
Inside the cemetery, yellow ribbons were tied to trees and posts leading to the mausoleum. Loyal supporters of the former President, mostly women, were already seated near the mausoleum as of this posting, where photographers and mediamen await the funeral cortege from the Manila Cathedral.
The Aquino family has opted to have a private funeral for Mrs. Aquino instead of the state honors usually accorded to former presidents.
Full military honors will however be accorded the former chief executive as she is laid to rest at the Manila Memorial Park, including a 21-gun salute – one salvo fired every minute for a 21-minute period – once the casket leaves the cathedral.