ABOVE: The historic meeting of two icons of democracy, Nelson Mandela and Cory Aquino, in Cape Town, South Africa, 1996.
The Presidential Museum and Library today commemorates the death of former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. Rest in peace, Madiba.
On behalf of the entire Filipino people, I extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Mandela, the people of South Africa, and all men and women of peace and goodwill who mourn the passing of a truly great man. For today, as Nelson Mandela united his people in the spirit of compassion and inclusiveness, so too does he unite the rest of the world—not only in grief and mourning, but also in respect and admiration for a life lived with strength, courage, humility, and dignity. His memory will serve as a durable guide to humanity as we seek to bequeath to future generations a world better than we found it.
—From the statement of President Benigno S. Aquino III on the passing of Nelson Mandela [read here]