Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Paalam Tita Cory


si Mikee Cojuangco jaworski

I wrote this blog yesterday afternoon but I again encountered problems with the server. I couldn’t post the blog. Yesterday was a very historical day. It was Tita Cory’s funeral and I’m proud to be one of the thousands of people who braved the intermittent but occasionally heavy rains and some flood waters and joined the procession. I didn’t however, march all the way until Manila Memorial Park, which took about eight hours. I walked from Manila Cathedral to Luneta, Roxas Boulevard, Quirino Avenue until Taft Avenue. I then stepped aside, watched the entire funeral march pass then took the LRT.

It had been raining most of the time since the wake of Tita Cory last Saturday until the burial yesterday. Fortunately, I went to La Salle Greenhills early Sunday morning when the queue wasn’t long and weather was fine. It took me only 20 minutes before I was able to view Tita Cory’s remains. Those who came in the evening had to wait for two to three hours, and when the body was brought to Manila Cathedral, the queue almost reached Plaza Lawton and many waited for four hours to get a few seconds glance at Tita Cory. But people didn’t mind. That’s how we loved our icon of democracy.

I went to Manila Cathedral before 9 am. Of course, I knew I’ll just be standing several meters away because the church was cordoned off for the family, friends and relatives and dignitaries. But I didn’t mind. There were many of us outside. It was reminiscent of Ninoy’s burial but with a difference. Just a little bit of history, Ninoy was buried on Aug 31, 1983. (That was my birthday). I was teaching in UST at that time, and I waited for Ninoy’s funeral cortege along Espana in front of UST. The people’s mood was different then. The atmosphere was that of protest and defiance. Now, it’s a mixture of sadness and joy, and an expression of gratitude for everything that Tita Cory has done for the nation.

As we stood there in the rain (kantyawan pag may nagbubukas ng payong). People who didn’t know each other were recalling their experiences in EDSA I and before that, Ninoy’s assassination. Others who joined our conversation said they were still small children at that time. It was heartwarming to see families who came with small children in spite of the crowd and the rains.

We could hear the proceedings inside because of the sound system but there was no vidi wall on our side. When Lea Salonga sang Bayan Ko, people sang with her while raising their fists. When finally, the coffin was brought out, people started chanting Cory, Cory, and flashed the Laban sign. It’s like re-living the EDSA experience. We’re all hoping that this renewed nationalism and sense of unity will not die down. Sana hindi “ningas cogon”.

On a lighter note, when Kris Aquino during her long thank you speech, asked, pano daw ba sila makakapagpasalamat sa mga tao for all the outpouring of love and sympathy, may nag-comment, “magpakabait ka lang, ok na sa amin”. Then I received a text message from a friend, saying that he didn’t come to the funeral anymore because he knew there would be a lot of people and it would be difficult to move around. Hintayin na lang daw niya libing ni Gloria, siguradong maluwag daw, konti ang tao. That was a mean joke. Somebody also said, sana bukas may pirated DVD copy na sa Quiapo nang buong coverage from the wake to the burial, gaya daw ng mga laban ni Pacquiao.

I am sharing with you some pictures I took. Sorry for the low resolution. I just used my cell phone. (I have yet to replace my camera with a new one.)

Tita Cory must be happy now with God, Ninoy, and Mama Mary, and she must have been gratified seeing all the people who turned out to send her off.

Thank you Tita Cory for everything that you have done for the nation. You made us proud to be Filipinos.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

We Join the Nation in Mourning for the Death of Cory Aquino

hello everyone, this is not mean to cast a shadow of tears on fechie's happy natal day, august 1. but as fate would have it, this happens to be a sad day for the Philippines. madame ex-pres cory aquino passed away due to colon cancer complication..after months of painful struggle. most of us know what she had done and contributed to the country, so there's not much need to expound. i am not active or involved in politics but during the rallies after she lost the elections against marcos, we cannot help but join the many familities who gathered and supported her protest calls against the dictatorship, amidst yellow ribbons, shirts and flags at the rizal park. it was perhaps one of the rare instances when even the most apolitical person on earth would be glad and be proud to participate. she will be missed not only by many of us filipinos, but all democracy loving people of the world. up to the very end, she championed and was a living icon of democracy and freedom. she may have left for good but her legacy will remain for us and the whole world to remember and cherish.. may she rest in peace..



Although this event is something already expected and perhaps wished for in order to spare Tita Cory from further suffering, the news that came this morning is still a very sad news. Let's all pray for her eternal rest and for the family to accept God's wish. Thank you Tita Cory for all that you have done and all that you have symbolized... and thank God for sharing you with us.


We are all in mourning for her sudden and untimely demise... May her legacy for the Pilipinos and the democratic principles lives on. May she rest in eternal peace.....
Ed Canela
So sad to hear about Tita Cory. Finally she's home and can truly rest in peace. My heart and prayers goes to her kids and family. From: Men
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I could not cloud the many memories and great achievements of our past pres. cory. She was a great person too. Her legacy will be long remembered. May she rest in peace. Along with my prayers, the rest of the world will do as well.

Fechie (Fe) Alarcon


I join you all in your mourning. During the '86 revolution, I was already here in the US. I had opportunities to attend some organizational meetings of the Ninoy Aquino Movement when I was still in Chicago.

I hope that this time, Filipinos will realize that no matter how much you profess your love for your country, if you don't have the right resolve to seek for changes because it would be inconvenient and would disrupt the comfort of your daily living (then nothing would happen). Honestly, I did not participate in the NAM because I felt then that if I truly wanted to join any movement seeking changes in the Philippines, I should be there just like those courageous Filipinos sacrificing everything they have. The choice of Ninoy - convenient life in Boston or death... The same reason why everyone is mourning the passing away of Cory, because she too sacrificed a lot because of her love for the country.

I left the Philippines, but I knew that in a very small way, I was part of the changes that Cory achieved, I can proudly say that I was active during the FQS, not only during rallies, but all those dangerous political teach-INS I did particularly in the barrios of Marilao, Bulacan (Loma de Gato and Prenza), making my entire clan worry for my safety. The wheel of the '86 revolution, we started it rolling and hopefully it will continuously roll even now that Cory is gone.


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