MANILA (Reuters) - Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino, heroine of the 1986 people power movement, was laid to rest on Wednesday after an eight-hour funeral procession that had to inch its way past hundreds of thousands of mourners. Holding umbrellas against the pouring rain and chanting Cory, Cory, the crowds waited patiently along a 20-km route through the city from Manila Cathedral to the memorial park where she was buried with military honours. Many waved, scrambled to touch the flat-bed truck on which her coffin was laid, or made the L sign, her trademark during the fairytale revolution that ended the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and captivated the world. Masses in Aquinos memory were celebrated in Catholic churches throughout the country, with 2,000 officials, diplomats and business figures attending the largest in Manilas 400-year-old cathedral. Aquinos youngest daughter, Kristina Bernadette Yap, a film and television star more popularly known as Kris Aquino, thanked those attending. The last words Mom expressed to each of us were 'Take care of each other, she said. The military gave a 21-gun salute and buglers played Taps as Aquino was buried next to her husband, Benigno, whose assassination in 1983 catapulted her to the national stage. Among those paying respect to Aquino was East Timor leader Jose Ramos-Horta. Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo came straight to the cathedral from the airport on her return from a visit to the US. She only stayed briefly. In the cathedral grounds, mourners clad in yellow - the colour associated with Aquino and the 1986 revolution - watched a live broadcast of the Mass on two giant screens. Thousands waved yellow balloons or banners. Police said a procession extending over two kms - more than 100,000 people - later filed slowly behind Aquinos cortege as it wound its way to the cemetery. Some walked barefoot from the church, radio reported. Posh and humble vehicles alike bore a strip of yellow ribbon tied to a door handle or rear-view mirror. I only knew Cory from my history class in school and from my parents who were at the revolution. I came here to show my gratitude to her, Andrea Corpuz, 16, said while standing outside the cathedral with a group of friends. Lani Daguro, a 32-year-old woman who was following the cortege, said: This is the moment for us to show the others that this generation can step up to the challenge, others have done it before, now its our turn.