Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuango Aquino, generally known as Cory Aquino, was born January 25, 1933, in Manila into one of the most influential families in the Philippines. Vincent College in New York state.When she completed her studies in the United States, Aquino returned to the Philippines to study law at Far Eastern University, and married Benigno Aquino Jr. She followed him into exile and following his assassination, decided to enter politics as head of the Laban Coalition.In 1986, a sudden call for a presidential election by Ferdinand Marcos pitted Aquino and Marcos in the running. She established the democratically-drafted Freedom Constitution; it was re-drafted in 1986 and ratified in 1987. A government based on popular and democratic mandates was then put into place.Aquino faced repeated military coup attempts and communist insurrection during her presidency. Ramos, Marcos' army chief-of-staff. She has since directed numerous projects that further democracy in Asia.