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Spotlight: Corazon Aquino

She wasn't known for her fancy shoe collection, like her predecessor's wife. She was more humble than that. Rather, she was a widowed housewife turned people's president.

And today, her beloved country is praying for her health.

Corazon Aquino, 76, the first woman president of the Philippines who held that position from 1986 until 1992, has been hospitalized. She has stage-four colon cancer and reports indicate that she is no longer receiving treatment for the disease.

Aquino assumed the unlikely role of president after an uprising toppled the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. During six years in office, she resisted seven coup attempts while tirelessly working to reinstate the country's democratic institutions that were dismantled under the Marcos regime.

While in office she tried to maintain an unassuming role. She refused to live in the palatial presidential palace, instead opting for a modest guesthouse nearby. Once she left office, she drove away in her own car, rather than the luxury one offered to her by
the government.

Another example of how the woman affectionately known as Tita Cory was a far cry from Imelda Marcos.

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 1, 2009; 1:32 PM ET
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