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Ex-leader Corazon Aquino hospitalized

July 1, 2009 at 12:15 PM
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MANILA, Philippines, July 1 (UPI) -- Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino has been hospitalized in Makati City because of a loss of appetite, her son said in a statement from his office.

Sen. Benigno Aquino III thanked people who attended a novena mass Wednesday and "those who have continued to pray for his mother's healing," The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

Aquino "is in a very serious condition," a family friend said. "Tita Cory is conscious. She can talk and pray but she's not well. It's serious."

Local, regional and national officials also attended the first day of a novena of healing masses said for Aquino. In the Catholic church, a novena consists of prayer said on nine successive days for special graces.

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