PNoy to lead tribute on Cory's 3rd death anniversary

Posted at 07/31/12 11:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III is set to lead the main ceremony commemorating the third death anniversary of his mother, the late President Corazon "Cory" Aquino on Wednesday.

A mass will be held at the EDSA Shrine in Ortigas at 5:30 p.m.

The President will also lead the unveiling of a photo exhibit along with his sisters.

Malacañang on Tuesday said in a statement that it will join the Filipino people in commemorating the elder Aquino, "who proved the Filipino is indeed worth living for."

"As wife, mother, and President, she exemplified the virtues of faith, perseverance, and integrity. As a widow dressed in yellow, her soft-spoken and honest dedication to the struggle to win back our democracy by peaceful means, earned her the respect of an empowered nation and the international community," the statement read.

The Palace said Aquino served as the country’s “moral compass-a constant presence that personified not only the greatness Filipinos could achieve but also the people's staunch determination to defend and nurture our democratic institutions and the principles she and millions of Filipinos helped restore and rebuild.”

“Corazon C. Aquino, whom most of our countrymen called ‘Tita Cory,’ was a gift bestowed upon a grateful nation who we will never forget,” the Palace added.

Aquino died of colon cancer in August 1, 2009. She was 76 years old.