Writer: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Ginnie Hsu
Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Date of Publication: August 4th 2020
Rating: 5 stars
‘’One must be frank to be relevant.’’
Cory was born in the beautiful Philippines, the country of a Thousand Islands. She loved Literature, and she was very comfortable with public speeches. But above all, she loved justice. She studied in the United States and excelled in French, Japanese, Spanish, English and Mathematics but it was the study of Law that won her heart.
And Ninoy, her husband who was brave and fierce like her and brave enough to stand up against Ferdinand Marcos, a dictator whose dogma was corruption, violence and exploitation. Cory, Ninoy and their family spent years in prison and were forced to abandon their beloved country. Despite their happy days in Boston, the brave couple knew that they had to continue fighting for freedom and justice. Ninoy returned to his country and was assassinated by the cowardice dogs of the tyrant in Manila International Airport which now bears his name. More than two million people supported Cory as she led the funeral procession. The time for the change had come.
‘’Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.’’
The 1986 People Power Revolution had begun. Cory ran for president and the people fought against the dictator’s evil schemes. On 25 February 1986, she became the first female president of the Philippines.
Intelligence, persistence, honesty, education, unrelenting faith, bravery, a firm belief in justice, equality and democracy. Corazon Aquino became a symbol for all of us.
Another brilliant, moving addition to the gorgeous series Little People, Big Dreams by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, superbly illustrated by Ginnie Hsu.
‘’I’ve reached a point in life where it’s no longer necessary to try to impress. If they like me the way I am, that’s good. If they don’t, that’s too bad. ‘’