Filipinos pray for Cory in Boston, the Aquinos' home-in-exile

Posted at 07/31/2009 9:31 AM | Updated as of 07/31/2009 7:43 PM

BOSTON - Filipinos in Boston are joining the prayers worldwide for former Philippine President Corazon “Cory” Aquino as she battles colon cancer.

Aquino moved to Boston in 1980 to join her husband, former senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr, and their five children.

Ninoy settled in Boston after then-president Ferdinand Marcos exiled him from the Philippines.

The Aquino family spent three years in Boston, living at 175 Commonwealth Avenue. 

Friends say that the Aquinos lived a normal life. Ninoy kept busy with speaking engagements in Boston College, and as a fellow at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Cory stayed home to raise their children, attended mass at the nearby St. Ignatius church and was a gracious host to Filipinos that Ninoy would invite to their home.
One of their guests, Rudy Hermosa, remembers Cory as a humble housewife.

“She was not the person who boasts of who she is. She always meet you and say hi or whatever. She never said I'm such a high person. She did not do that," Hermosa said.

Tony Mateo was also a frequent guest at the Aquinos' gatherings.

“My first reaction was she was a typical housewife. She served coffee, refreshments when you're over their house,” Mateo said.

Sheryl Lujares never met the Aquinos but is praying for Cory and admires her as a strong woman.

“She's a great woman. I don't think women right now would do what she did,” Lujares said.