Josephine C. Reyes

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Josephine Reyes
Born Josephine Sumulong Cojuangco
(1927-11-26)November 26, 1927
Intramuros, Manila, Philippine Islands[1]
Died July 26, 2011(2011-07-26) (aged 83)
Taguig, Philippines[2]
Nationality Filipino
Other names Josephine Cojuangco-Reyes
Occupation educator
Known for sister of former President Corazon Aquino and served as the seventh president of the Far Eastern University
Spouse(s) Nicanor M. Reyes, Jr.

Josephine Sumulong Cojuangco-Reyes (November 26, 1927 – July 26, 2011) was a Filipino educator. She served as the seventh president of the Far Eastern University in the City of Manila, Philippines from 1985 to 1989. She also served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Far Eastern University - Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation.

Education and family background[edit]

Cojuangco-Reyes earned her A.B. degree at Marymount College, New York, her M.A. degree Columbia University, New York, and her Ed.D. at the Far Eastern University in the City of Manila She finished her Doctor of Philosophy at the university of New jersey in 1984.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Nicanor Reyes, Jr., who also used to be president of FEU. They had four children, Marie Therese, Nicanor III, Joaquin Jose and Enrique Robert. She was the elder sister of former Philippine President Corazon Aquino and Tarlac Representative Jose Cojuangco, Jr.. Her nephew, Benigno Aquino III was elected President of the Philippines in 2010. She was the daughter of the late Jose Cojuangco of Tarlac and the late Demetria Sumulong of Antipolo, Rizal. She is the grandmother of Bianca Reyes, currently known as Sophie Albert.

Board memberships[edit]

  • Director and Vice-president, Central Azucarera de Tarlac
  • President, Luisita Realty Corporation

Sister's death[edit]

Her younger sister Corazon C. Aquino died of cardiorespiratory arrest on August 1, 2009.


Cojuangco-Reyes died on 26 July 2011, shortly after collapsing following her eulogy during the funeral of her elder brother Pedro.[3]


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