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Filipinos in Winnipeg mourn Aquino’s



Last Updated: Monday, August 3, 2009 | 2:32 PM CT

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 Tita CoryThe death of former Philippines president Corazon Aquino has touched Winnipeg’s vibrant Filipino community, which plans to honour her later this week.

Aquino, whose “people power” revolt in 1986 ended the repressive 20-year rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, died Friday at age 76. She was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer last year.

Filipinos living in Winnipeg plan to hold a mass that will coincide with her burial ceremony, set to take place Wednesday in Manila.

“The community’s so sad about the passing away of our great leader, the mother of democracy in the Philippines,” mass organizer Fred Devilla told CBC News.

About 36,820 Winnipeg residents self-identify as Filipino, accounting for about six per cent of the city’s population, according to the 2006 census.

This week, the local Filipino community is hosting the Pearl of the Orient pavilion at the annual Folklorama cultural festival, which kicked off Sunday night.

“I’m very, very sad. I’m almost crying, actually,” Juanita Reyes said of Corazon’s death.

“Most of the Filipinos are very much affected by her passing. She’s the icon of the Philippines, as far as government is concerned.”


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