My tribute to a dear president, President Cory Aquino (1933-2009)

4 08 2009

I am writing this post because I am deeply saddened by the loss of President Corazon Aquino. I felt I lost again my grandmother whom in her simply way was very affectionate to me during my younger years. My grandmother is an Ilongga from Barotak Nuevo, Iloilo City. She bear 9 siblings but due to the effects of WWII she had to give away 7 of them. She kept her oldest and youngest son. Because of too much sibling rivalry the youngest ran away and was found by my grandmother. All her life she wanted to see all of her 9 children. Before she died she was able to see all of her 8 children except for the youngest one.

Roughly almost 2 years ago, my tita married a guy from work and he happened to see the picture of her youngest brother who ran away. He said that this person looks familiar. My tita said that it is the picture of her long lost brother. They went to the place and made an arrangement to see him. To her surprise he is indeed my long lost tito. These stories only happen in movies but I was really shocked that for 25 years of them all being apart. I can say truly say he is back at home.

I was saddened because my grandmother is a big Cory fan and like Cory she also sacrificed a lot to make her family whole again. I don’t have personal encounters with the former president Cory but her example of always trusting the God is carved in my faith as a Christian. I knew Cory will be taken to us Filipinos but I always pray that is she will be taken to us I wished is will be either the first Friday or first Saturday of August. I am a firm believer of the Twin Hearts of Jesus an Mary. At times that I know that have no friend to share my frustrations, The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary always fills me up with so much inspiration some people aren’t able to understand.

On August 1, 2009, I have to work at 3am. Without hesitation I wore my yellow Novo T-shirt amidst the rainy dawn. Later I found out around 10am that President Cory died at 3:18am. I am suddenly was stunned because I checked the time and the date. It is the first Saturday and the time of her death is the time where Jesus rose from dead. I got mixed emotions. I was happy because Jesus and Mary will happily receive Cory. A promise is made by Mama Mary herself that on the first Saturdays of each month, the gates of hell are closed and that nobody will go to hell on those those days. However, the gates of purgatory are open so that many souls will be able to reach heaven. It is a result of the merciful Love of Her Son, Jesus Christ. It is the reward of these people who venerate Her Immaculate Heart. These are taken from the “Revue due Coeur Immacule Reine de la Paix” Vol. 1 No. 4. I have no doubt Cory that is really in heaven now or al least in Purgatory. This re-affirmed my faith in the beliefs I once forgot.  Thank You Cory for bring me back to my Christian roots, my faith to Jesus and Mary.

I deeply respect her sacrifices for us Filipinos. Without her I don’t think I will be able to write in this blog. She symbolizes the restoration of democracy in my country and for that I am forever in debt for this gift. Please pray for all of us that true peace and harmony can be felt and seen already in the Philippines.

Her death also symbolized the death of wrong practices of People Power. I will say this in Tagalog so that all Filipino people will understand what I am going to say.

Tigilan na po natin walang kapararakang rally sa kalsada. Sawang sawa na po ako na tuwing may SONA lahat kayo nasa Commonwelth Avenue. Mag-rarally po kayo tunkol sa mga maling pamamalakad ng nakaupong pangulo tapos aalis at iiwan ang mga kalat kasama pa ang mga bulok ninyong prensipyo na nakasulat sa mga dingding. Naninira pa kayo ng mga poste at daan na sana maghahatid sa bahay ko para makapahinga ako galling sa trabaho eh nakasara at kailangan kong lakarin ang kahabahan ng Commonwealth Avenue. Hindi po masama ang ipaglaban ang tama at iwaksi ang mali, gawin lang po sana ng may konsideration sa ibang mga tao na kapwa nag babayad din ng tamang buwis at imbis piliing sumigaw sa lansangan ay pumiling magtrabaho para itaguyod ang pamilya nila. Sa totoo lang mula pa kay Erap hanggang kay PGMA pareparehong mga mukha ang nakikita ko sa mga lansanngan ng Commonwealth Avenue. Ewan ko ba kung bakit kayong mga party list na Anak Pawis, Bayan Muna, Gabriela etc. reklamo ng reklamo. Kayo minsan ang kinukwestion ko kung paano nyo magawang maglustay ng pera at panahon para tutulan ang mga programa mga kasalukuyang administrasyon mapa Erap man o PGMA.

Sa Adminitrasyan at sa mga susunod pang nagnanais na maging pangulo ng Pilipinas, pwede bang gawin nyo ngang tapat at mahusay na pamamuno ninyo sa bansa. Kahit anong uri ng gobyerno meron tayo kung bawat isa eh hindi kumikilos wala rin kwenta. Binoto nyo yan eh so dapat suportahan ninyo.

Tatapusin ko na itong litanya ko kasi hindi naman ako pulitikong tao. Sana ang paglisan ni Tita Cory ay magsilbing panghabang buhay na palatandaan na dapat higit pa man sa lahat, tayo ay Pilipino. Ayusin na natin ang bayan natin dahil sa pananaw ko dakila ang ating bansa. Maging sa ibang bansa kayo o dito mismo sa Pilipinas, ang lahing Pilipino ay tunay na diamante ng mundo. Nakakahiya na mismo sa ating bansa walang kaayusan ngayong tinatamasa nating mga bunga ng demokrasya.

Salamat po Tita Cory sa handog nyong demokrasya sa aming henerasyon. Pasenya na po hindi ako makakadalaw sa mga labi nyo pero katawan lang po yan ang importante ay dapat manatili ang diwa na ibinahagi nyo sa aming mga Pilipino. Pinapangako ko po na sa tagal na hindi po ako nag paparehistro para bumoto, para sa inyo boboto na po ako sa 2010. Gabayan nyo po sana kaming lahat na maihalal ang karapat-dapat na mga mamumuno ng bansa. May kanta pala si Jose Mari Chan na galing mismo sa mga salita ni Ninoy Aquino. This was his poem telling you how much he appreciated your love to him. When I heard it, I felt the love of Ninoy for Cory.

Sa paglisan mo Tita Cory, buong Pilipinas ay nadarama ang pagmamahal na inialay ni Ninoy sa iyo. Inaalay ko po sa inyo ang kantang ito. Muli Tita Cory, maraming salamat po ulit at paalam. Sisikapin ko pong maging huwarang Pilipino tulad ninyo.

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