Noynoy Aquino joins the ranks of her mom Corazon Aquino, Fidel V. Ramos, and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao as the elite group of Pinoys who graced the cover of the prestigious TIME magazine.
TIME Magazine’s April 26 issue, “The New Aquino: Can Noynoy Save the Philippines?” written by Ishaan Tharoor, described Aquino as an “unlikely man of the moment,” who keeps the hope of millions of Filipinos alive by continuing the Aquino family legacy.
He was quoted by TIME by saying “We are just instruments put in the right position to execute God’s will…They made automatic in me the preference to take up the cudgels for those who have less in life, for the powerless.”
Economics professor Winnie Monsod was quoted in the article as stating that Aquino “doesn’t have his father’s charisma, but he has his mother’s sincerity. Whether that’s enough, I don’t know.”
TIME had featured Noynoy’s mom Mrs. Corazon Aquino thrice on its cover. The first was in 1986 when she was named Woman of the Year, the second in 2006 when she was named among 60 Asian Heroes, and last after she died in August 2009 when she was declared “The Saint of Democracy.”