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President Cory by Chuck Baclagon
President Corazon Aquino (image from

President Corazon Aquino (image from

I was planning to write this at the time when I first heard that President Corazon (or President ‘Cory’ for most of us) Aquino has passed away. But it seems that words to express my sentiments are somehow hard to come by…

…By this time countless articles, blog posts, documentaries  and other likewise tributes that are far better than this post have been published, exhibited, broadcasted and put up online.

However I think for the most part as part of an organization that upholds nonviolence as a philosophy and strategy for environmental and social change, President Cory in a way stands hand-in-hand with the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King as a stalwart for the application of the principle of non-violent direct action here in the Philippines especially in her pivotal role in the peaceful uprising that has become known in history as the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

Who would have known that a series of nonviolent and prayerful mass street demonstrations in the Philippines that occurred in 1986, will eventually be the inspiration for subsequent non-violent demonstrations around the world including those that ended communist rule in Eastern Europe; or that of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

Those who are familiar with Greenpeace are well aware of our core value that is nonviolence, wherein we employ non-violent confrontation to raise the level and quality of public debate or at times do a direct intervention in order to prevent environmental destruction in hopes that those who have the power to implement meaningful and lasting change would be stirred into action.

President Cory along with the over 2,000,000 Filipinos who faced tanks and toppled a 20-year dictatorship are examples of what can be done if all of us would be stirred with a passion for change.

Now in the face of global climate change, what could be a more fitting tribute to President Cory than to once again stand up and join the global community in turning the Earth, by asking our world leaders to personally make the right deal for the climate this December.

Our best chance to take action against global warming is coming up in December, when the nations of the world gather for a UN Climate summit in Copenhagen.

The world is looking for leaders like President Cory to usher in a new dawn in the struggle to combat climate change.

Join the global movement to save the climate. YoU-Turn the Earth!

Chuck Baclagon

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President Aquino left a living legacy for us Filipinos…

I hope her legacy will leave forever in the heart of the Filipinos and will not end in the four walls of our classrooms and books…

Last night, We were able to visit her remains in Intramuros, Manila. The crowd that we joined made us experience the nationalist emotion that the Filipinos felt in 1986. I was not yet conceived in this world when EDSA 1 happened.


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Comment by naldy

need to plant trees. as much as possible.
detail at

Comment by Baurzhan

Global warming of a climate, is the fact which is not requiring proofs.
need to plant trees. as much as possible.
detail at

Comment by Baurzhan

very well said! indeed violence is not the answer to solve issues! and I’m glad that Greenpeace shares this same idea….. Let “Cory’s Magic” be with GP!!!

Comment by kiko

I agree whole-heartedly with the post above about tree planting. As a matter of fact I just stumbled upon a clothing brand that plants 100 trees for every thing they sell! –*

Comment by Sophia

Hello all,
Glad to know that this post has inspired you guys to plant trees 😉

However we must also not be misled into believing that planting trees are a sliverbullet solution to climate change 🙂

Comment by Chuck Baclagon

There will be a tree planting activity in our school… I hope the trees that we’ll sow will somehow tickle the minds and hearts of our students.

Can anyone suggest me a video on climate change that I can rent or buy? Thanx and God Bless…

Comment by naldy

You can try Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, or Leo DiCaprio’s The 11th Hour

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