Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Goodbye Tita Cory

Former President Corazon Aquino is laid to rest today. I confess I am not a great Cory admirer, before, during or after her presidency. She was an ordinary housewife catapulted to fame and power after her husband, Senator Benigno Aquino was gunned down at the Manila International Airport when he quietly came back from U.S. under an alias to continue his political mission.

President Aquino was an icon of democracy, inaugurated as the first woman President after the people power that sent former President Marcos to the U.S. in 1986. Unlike her predecessor, she gracefully stepped down and handed the presidency to former President Ramos after her term. She was not into power, she was not into wealth-grabbing, she was just after continuing the mission of her husband.

She united many political groups. During her term the church and the government were united in restoring what was believed to be good. Her death showcased her children’s good upbringing. They allowed the Marcos’ children to visit and pay their respects to their mom at the Manila Cathedral. (Many believed that their father’s assassination was machinated by the Marcosses ). Earlier, President Gloria Arroyo also paid her respect and was also graciously received. (Tita Cory opposed and marched with Pres. Arroyo’s political opponents to express their discontent of the present government).

Corazon Cojuangco Aquino was a woman of grace. Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, (her family are the landed old rich family), educated in America, fluent of many languages, she remained an icon of simplicity. Tita Cory to many Filipinos, her life was one of selflessness. She served her husband, supported her children, was a great friend to many. She succumbed to colon cancer. A woman of strength, she shall never be forgotten. If I was not so impressed by her political career, I am now impressed of her as a patient and loving mom, generous, humble and loyal friend as evidenced by the overwhelming outpourings of love and admiration from people from all walks of life flocking to her wake and funeral.
Rest now, Tita Cory, your mission has ended, you and your husband Ninoy are reunited again. You have a place in our hearts. Mabuhay ka Tita Cory. (Long live Tita Cory.)

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The real hero of EDSA: A fresh and revealing account from a biblical perspective of the people power revolution, the Marcoses flight & life in exile, Pres. Cory Aquino's one thousand days