Corazon (Cory), born Corazon Cojuangco, was the daughter of a wealthy landed family and
was educated in Manila and at Roman Catholic convent schools in the United States. She
graduated from Mount St Vincent College in New York and studied law at Far Eastern
University in Manila. She married Benigno Simeon Aquino (Ninoy) in 1954.
She graduated valedictorian of her elementary class at St. Scholastica's College and her first
year in high school was spent in the Assumption Convent in Manila. In 1946 her family left
for the United States and she was enrolled at Ravenhill Academy in Philadelphia. Corazon
finihed her junior and senior years at Notre Dame. In 1949, she entered Mt. St Vincent
College in New York where she graduated in 1954 with a bachelor of arts degree majoring
Corazon Aquino became the first woman president of the Philippines in 1986 when she
defeated Ferdinand E. Marcos. After she became president, she abolished the National
Assembly and replaced the constitution with a new one that was adopted by popular vote in
1987. She had been married to Benigno Aquino, who was assassinated in 1983.