President Corazon Cory Aquino

On February 22, 1986, the People Power Revolution was triggered after two key Marcos allies, Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and Armed Forces Vice-Chief of Staff Fidel Ramos called on Marcos to resign and holed up in two military camps in Quezon City. President Corazon Cory Aquino, who was in Cebu City when the revolt broke out, returned to Manila and insisted on joining the swelling crowd that had gathered outside the camps as a human barricade to protect the defectors.[ On the morning of 25 February 1986, at the Club Filipino in San Juan, President Corazon Cory Aquino took the presidential oath of office administered by Supreme Court Associate Justice Claudio Teehankee. Marcos himself was sworn into office at MalacaƱang Palace on that same day, but fled into exile later that night.

The relatively peaceful manner by which President Corazon Cory Aquino assumed the presidency through the EDSA Revolution won her widespread international acclaim as an icon of democracy. President Corazon Aquino was selected as Time magazine's Woman of the Year in 1986.