Corazon Aquino

When the People Power revolt broke out in Manila in 1986, Corazon Aquino was in Cebu, 580 km to the south, to kick off a civil-disobedience campaign against the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Her supporters, fearing for her life, urged her to flee the country or go into hiding. Instead she went to the convent of the Carmelites, a contemplative order of Catholic nuns, and spent the night praying with them. "I just felt so at peace," she recalls. "I felt that whatever happened, I'd be ready for it." Three days later, Aquino — the woman derided by Marcos as "a mere...

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