The Philippines Cory Hits a Grand Slam

On a whirlwind U.S. trip, Aquino speaks her mind -- and heart

It was her first visit to the U.S. since becoming President, and everywhere she went Corazon Aquino's reception seemed to get warmer and warmer. When her commercial Philippine Airlines 747 touched down at San Francisco International airport, she was greeted by nearly 1,000 supporters shouting "Cory! Cory! Cory!" After switching to a special U.S. Government aircraft for the cross-country flight to Washington, the Philippine leader charmed White House officials with her simple, direct manner. A private meeting with President Reagan that had been scheduled for 15 minutes stretched out to 45, and afterward Reagan declared, "I'm bullish on the Philippines."


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