Corazon C. Aquino

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11th President of the Republic of the Philippines

[ 1986 – 1992 ]

– President Corazon C. Aquino
September 1986

President Corazon C. Aquino was born into the wealthy Cojuangco from Tarlac. Yet, despite her privileged upbringing, she was a simple lady. She loved spending time with family and feasted on simple dishes like fish and vegetables with her favorite calamansi juice (Filipino lime juice).

During the revolution and well into her presidency, the color yellow was strongly identified with her. The movement was so powerful, that her son Benigno S. Aquino III, assumed the presidency in the very same colors. However, her favorite color was actually red, which she revealed in an interview with TIME magazine as its “Woman of the Year” for 1986. The former president embraced the color yellow following her husband, Ninoy Aquino’s death, wherein the “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree” movement picked up traction. Hence, the bespoke handles in the drawers that depict the yellow ribbon.

President Cory was a prayerful person and was often photographed praying the rosary. Her favorite rosary was gifted by Sister Lucia, one of the children who allegedly witnessed a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917 near the town of Fatima, Portugal.

Mrs. Aquino turned to painting after her presidency, finding it therapeutic. Hence, the wallpaper’s print has some details from one of her paintings. This detail has likewise been used on the handwoven curtains. She blossomed into a prolific artist, painting flowers in vibrant and vivid colors and in mixed media — canvass, wood, stone, even on handbags. She loved painting flowers and often gift them to relatives, friends and even foreign leaders like the Sultan of Brunei. She also sold some of her artworks to support various charitable institutions.

In this room, all the textiles used in the soft furnishings are referred to as “Inabel”, handwoven textiles from the northern part of the Philippines. On the walls are a collection of panuelos (handkerchiefs) in piña (handwoven pineapple fabric), from the provinces of Aklan and Batangas. The chinoiserie on the headboard, mirror and lamps are a nod to her Chinese roots, which are ingrained in the prominent family that she was born into.

Designed by :

Al Modesto Valenciano
February 2024

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