Cory Aquino



List of Awards
  • Kappa Gamma Pi, National Honor Society of Women in American Catholic Colleges 1953
  • Woman of the Year from the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), Metro Manila, Philippines 1984
  • Woman of Distinction from Soroptimist International, Metro Manila, Philippines 1986
  • Woman of the Year from the Association of Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS), Metro Manila, Philippines 1986
  • The Collar “Orden del Libertador San Martin” from President Raul Ricardo Alfonsin of Argentina 1986
  • The 1986 Outstanding Asian Achievement Award from the Illinois Minority Women’s Caucus July 1986
  • Elizabeth Seton Medal from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York, New York, USA September 1986
  • Berkeley Medal from University of California , USA September 1986
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from Mayor Edward I. Koch, City of New York, New York, USA September 1986
  • Mother Teresa Award from the Southern California Filipino-American Jaycees October 1987
  • Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum from Emperor Hirohito of Japan, Tokyo, Japan November 1986
  • 1986 Woman of the Year, TIME Magazine January 1987 issue
  • 1986 Family of the Year Citation from the Presiding Council of the Families for Peace and Justice, Metro Manila, Philippines December 1986
  • 1986 Woman of the Year from the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) January 1987
  • 12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Georgia, USA January 1987
  • 1987 Golden Medallion Award from the Society of the Family of Man February 1987
  • The Magnificat Award from the Maryknoll College Foundation March 1987
  • United Nations Silver Medal, given during the signing of the Ratification of the Instrument of Apartheid Against Sports July 1987
  • Liberal International Prize for Freedom from Liberal International, Canada September 1987
  • Nishan-I-Pakistan Award from Prime Minister Mohammad Khan Junejo May 1988
  • Ordine al Merito de la Republica Italiana (OMRI) Award, Degree of Cavaliere di Gran Croce Decorato del Gran Cordone from President Francisco Cossiga of Italy June 1988
  • Darjah Kerabat Laila Utama Yang Amat Di-Hormati (D.K.) Award from Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Omas Ali Saffudien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien of Brunei Darussalam August 1988
  • 1987 Operation California Human Achievement Award from the Operation California Inc. December 1988
  • “Special Class of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant”, Rank of Knight Grand Cordon from Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhavan of the Kingdom of Thailand January 1989
  • Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit Award from President François Mitterand of France July 1989
  • Noel Award for Political Leadership from the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) & sponsored by the Noel Foundation in recognition of the efforts of women who have made a difference in the world by furthering the causes of equality, development & peace October 1990
  • Magnificat Award from the Council of Marian Organization of the Philippines June 27, 1992
  • Serviam Award from the Archdiocese of Manila June 27, 1992
  • Woman of the Year, Panorama Magazine of the Manila Bulletin July 4, 1992
  • St. La Salle Award from the De La Salle University August 18, 1992
  • 1993 Special Peace Award from the Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Awards and Concerned Women of the Philippines
  • 1995 Path to Peace Foundation Award from the Permanent Representative of the Vatican to the United Nations, New York, New York, USA June 1995
  • 16th Recipient of the Pearl S. Buck Woman’s Award from the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, New York, New York, USA June 1995
  • 1996 Fulbright Award for International Understanding
  • 1998 Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding August 31, 1998
  • First Pearl S. Buck Award from Randolph Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, Virginia November 14, 1998
  • First Woman and non-Japanese Board Member of the Sanyo Electric Company, Limited June 1999
  • Conferred in absentia the title of “Grand Knight of FIDE” in recognition of an outstanding Statesman and Chess Benefactor by the President of Federation Internationale Des Echecs (World Chess Federation), Kirsan N. Ilyumzhinov on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of FIDE, Lausanne July 20, 1999
  • The only Woman in Time Magazine’s 20 Most Influential Asians of the Century
  • Honored through a coffee table book as one of the “100 Women of the Philippines” who, by their life and work have enhanced and brightened the image of the Filipino Woman here and abroad, have created a significant impact in the Philippines and have helped blaze the directions for women way into the next millennium October 1999
  • Appointed by President Joseph Ejercito Estrada as an Honorary Life-time member of the EDSA People Power Commission November 1999
  • Bestowed “Filipino of the Century”, Philippine Free Press (founded in 1908) First issue of 2000
  • Named “Filipino of the Year (1999)” by the Philippine Daily Inquirer in its January 2000 issue
  • “The Chino Roces Millenium Freedom Award” for taking up the challenge of leadership in the name of freedom for her country and all the world, Club Filipino July 6, 2000
  • Conferred together with Jaime Cardinal Sin the Parangal ng Ateneo Tanglaw ng Bayan Award at the Rev. Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City February 20, 2001
  • Conferred an Honorary Degree from the King Prajadhipok’s Institute at Pattaya, Thailand March 3, 2001
  • Conferred the 2005 David Rockefeller Award for Bridging Leadership by the Synergos Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA November 2, 2006
  • Recognized as one of The Asian Heroes in Time Asia's special anniversary issue in November 2006

Honorary Doctorate Degrees
Doctorate of Letters
    University of St. Thomas , Houston, Texas, USA       May 29, 1999

Doctorate of Humane Letters
    College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York, USA   May 19, 1984
    Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines   1986
    Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines   1986
    Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan       February 28, 2001

Doctorate of Humanities

    Stonehill College, Massachusetts, USA   May 20, 1984
    Ateneo de Naga University   August 23, 2000

Doctorate of Law
    University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines   June 1986
    Boston University, Massachusetts, USA   September 1986
    Fordham University, New York, USA   September 1986
    Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan   November 1986
    Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines   February 1987
    University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines   February 1987
    University of Hongkong, Hongkong   March 1993
    Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan   June 1993
    Angeles University, Pampanga, Philippines   March 1994
    Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea   June 1999
    San Beda College, Mendiola, Manila, Philippines   September 12, 2001

Doctorate of Political Science
    Universita del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy   November 1995

Doctorate of Public Administration
    Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila   June 1994

Doctorate of Philosophy    
    University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA   June 1995
    Hannam University, Taejon, Korea   February 1998

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