At 72: Our hope is in ourselves

Posted on January 29, 2005 - 10:48pm :: ISD-Philippines | Human
By Corazon C. Aquino January 25, 2005 | The Philippine Star TF! Editorial Comment: In a time of political upheaval, a housewife became an unlikely leader of and symbol for the various forces seeking hope. It is now a different time and while there is no longer a dictator to oppose, the country still confronts the urgent challenge of sustainable development. And Corazon Aquino's leadership is still a beacon for change. In recent years, she has, as private citizen, returned to the theme of hope. In particular, she has said, hope lies in the work of civil society, including NGOs, that seek to better lives and countrysides. In the article, she seeks to get behind successful NGO work in the intractable areas of housing and livelihood opportunities, citing the effectiveness of microfinance among others. In difficult times, a leader is needed to simply show the way. She has chosen to share the light with new leaders that have risen to the call of the times and the many ways hope can be realized.