Former President Corazon Aquino, who swept away a dictator with a people power'' revolt and sustained democracy by fighting off seven coup attempts in six years, died on Saturday, her son said. She was 76. The uprising she led in 1986 ended the repressive 20-year regime of Ferdinand Marcos and inspired non-violent protests across the globe, including those that ended communist rule in eastern Europe. Aquino rose to power after the 1983 assassination of her husband, opposition leader Benigno Ninoy'' Aquino Jr. She was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer last year and confined to a Manila hospital for more than a month. Her son said the cancer had spread to other organs and she was too weak to continue chemotherapy. For the past month, supporters have been holding daily prayers for Aquino in churches. The bespectacled, smiling woman in her trademark yellow dress remained beloved in the Philippines, where she was affectionately referred to as Tita (Auntie) Cory.'' Her son, Sen. Benigno Noynoy'' Aquino III, said she died at 3:18 a.m. Saturday. Requiem Masses were scheduled for later Saturday, and yellow ribbons were tied on trees around her neighborhood in Quezon city. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who is on an official visit to the United States, remembered Aquino as a national treasure'' who helped lead a revolution to restore democracy and the rule of law to our nation at a time of great peril.She picked up the standard from the fallen warrior Ninoy and helped lead our nation to a brighter day,'' Arroyo said. The Philippines will observe 10 days of national mourning, she said. The Armed Forces of the Philippines said it would accord full military honors during Aquino's wake, including gun salutes and lowering flags to half-staff. TV stations on Saturday ran footage of Aquino's years in power together with prayers while her former aides and supporters offered condolences. Today our country has lost a mother,'' said former President Joseph Estrada, calling Aquino a woman of both strength and graciousness.'' Aquino's successor, Fidel Ramos, who was the military's vice chief of staff when he broke with Marcos and embraced Aquino, said the former leader represented the best of the Filipino of the past and the future.'' Exiled Communist Party founder Jose Maria Sison, whom Aquino freed from jail in 1986, paid tribute from the Netherlands. Aquino's unlikely rise began in 1983 after her husband was gunned down at Manila's international airport moments after soldiers escorted him from a plane on his arrival from exile in the United States to challenge Marcos, his longtime adversary. The killing enraged many Filipinos and unleashed a broad-based opposition movement that thrust Aquino into the role of national leader. I don't know anything about the presidency,'' she declared in 1985, a year before she agreed to run against Marcos, uniting the fractious opposition, the business community, and later the armed forces to drive the dictator out.