Corazon Aquino's life was a tremendous example and an inspiration for millions around the world. To accomplish what she did with the grace, humility, compassion, and intelligence serves as a beacon for humanity.
The late-president gave a speech before the U.S. congress in 1987, and was interrupted by several standing ovations. And most eloquently conveyed - and captured - her intentions for elevating the conditions of her country by quoting the great Abraham Lincoln:
"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
Leaders such as former Philippine president Corazon Aquino remind us that our legacy is not found in what we give people. Our legacy lies in what we leave in people.
The late-senator Ninoy Aquino and Cory could have chosen a life of wealth, great comfort, longevity, and prestige by living in the United States. Ninoy, at the time, was teaching at Harvard University.
Instead, they chose to return back to the danger, threats, struggle, and possibility of further torture in which Ninoy was previously subjected to for years. He chose to do the right thing - no matter what, even at the cost of his life. For the upliftment and hope of Filipinos.