Posted by: Mer Pints | August 6, 2009

Gloria’s Pre-dawn Visit (Mabuhay si Cory!)

“The outpouring of sympathy and national solidarity is just tremendous. We hope that Cory’s life would continue to inspire Filipinos to fight tyranny whenever and wherever it is present,” is how Renato Reyes Jr. of the militant group Bayan described the way people showed their love and appreciation to on the sacrifices of former president Corazon C. Aquino in restoring democracy in the Philippines.

Thousands of people braved the rain and heat of the sun waiting for their turn to see for the last time this so called icon of democracy. From the lowest people in the provinces to the leader of East Timor (Jose Ramos-Horta) all came together to pay their last respects. Even the children of former President Ferdinand Marcos came to say their sympathy and to see for the last time the former successor of their father. Movie/TV celebrities, business people, religious people, politicians, and cabinet members of the Arroyo’s government also were present during the necrological service of President Cory Aquino. 

Despite being rejected by the Aquino Family of her offer for a state funeral for Cory, president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (cutting short her visit to US) made a pre-dawn visit. As soon as her plane landed at the airport, she immediately went to the Manila Cathedral where the remains of the former president was laid to pay her last respects. She did not stay long, after shakinghands with president’s Cory’s son Noynoy (Senator Benigno Aquino) and said her prayers at the casket she left.

Past Philipippine presidents Joseph Estrada and Fidel Ramos were invited to the Mass but never president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, an indication of cold relationship between the Arroyos and the Aquinos. Cory Aquino and son Noynoy are known to be staunch critics to the Arroyo’s administration on corruption issues and injustices. In this necrological mass attended by invited-only guests  Cory’s daughter Kris Aquino recited her famous eulogy in tears which motivated millions of Filipinos glued on their televisions to cry.

Now Cory is finally laid to rest beside  her husband Ninoy. Hundreeds of thousands, if not millions, of Filipinos lined on the streets amidst strong rains to see the funerals procession which lasted for 8 hours. People chant Cory, Cory and even flashed the L sign (laban or fight) as if saying the people now are awake to continue the fight and struggle against corruptions and injustices, and to secure democracy. 

But it’s the people’s endless outpouring of sympathy to the bereaved family, admiration to Cory, and their expression of gratitude of her heroism and unselfish commitment to freedom and democracy that made me cry. And while many cry of the street, “mabuhay si Cory (long live Cory)” I still fear that soon people will forget and renege with their promise to continue with Cory’s  struggle for freedom, honest government, and preservation of Philippine’s democratic ideals. And this is what induced me most to cry during her funeral service.

 But I still believe on the resiliency of the majority of the Filipinos; and I still believe that no bitch could forever cling on to power and continuously lie and fool the people of this land. I still believe on people’s ability to unite and promote the goals and gains of democracy in this land. Mabuhay si Cory!


Responses

  1. Medyo may sipon ako ngayon girl. Wala pa akong ganang mag-react.

    Maliit lang, I like your bitchy-bitcy statement kung saan mo sinabi “no bitch could forever cling on to power and continuously lie and fool the people of this land.”

    Question, how do we operationalize such a statement?

    Laban o bawi?

  2. Sumilip lang pala ang lola nang ang lahat ay natutulog. Hehehe

  3. Hindi ka nagiisa Mer, marami ding katulad mong naluha at naiyak sa pagpanaw ni Presidente Cory Aquino.

    Sana nga lang ay mabigyan saysay ang kanyang mga ginawang sakripisyo sa bansa sa pagkilos ng mga tao upang magbago at ipatupad ang pangkalahatang reporma sa pamumuhay ng bawat isa sa atin.

    Sana nga lang ay mawala o kung hindi kaya ay mabawas-bawasan naman ang mga anomalya sa gobierno.

    At sana naman ay huwag masyadong ganid itong mga malalaking kompanya nagbebenta ng langis at gasolina.

    Dahilan lang sa pagmamalabis at ganid ng mga iba, naghihirap ang buong bansa.

  4. Girl,
    Humanga ka ba sa mga honor guards na maghapong nakatayo doon sa mahabang funeral march ni tita Cory?
    Mas lalo kang hahanga dito kay Lauro, 24 hours and seven days a week na nakatayo ang kanyang manoy.
    Kaya sa edad na 28 ni Drima ay nakabuo na sila ng isang team ng basketball. Hehehe

  5. Nakakalungkot at nawala na ang icon ng Philippine democracy. But this will be a great beginning for all the Filipinos naman di ba.

    Like for example kung nais nating magkaisa, matuto ding magpatawad. I still believe the Marcoses and the Aquino can settle their differences for the sake of our divided land.

    Ang problem ay iyong honest election sa 2010 at matiyak that president Arroyo will no longer extension her stay in power.

  6. Diba sabi ng kanta ay magkaisa? Paano tayo magkaisa kung patuloy pa rin ang awayan sa pulitka.

    I know the Marcoses want to have peace with the Aquino. Sana nga daan na ito for reconcilliation.

    I am only saddened for those who are making sulsul to people concerned upang hindi na magkaayos pa ang Marcos at Aquino Family.

    Please lang itigil na ang awayan sa pulitika, let us all live together in peace and harmony. Napagiwanan na tayo ng mga ibang bansa.

    It is time to reconcile with one another for the sake of our future as a nation, di ba?

  7. I missed you all!!!
    Pasensya na kung ngayon lang ako lumitaw.Nasa ospital ako nagpahinga.

  8. Pareng Cocoy get well soon

  9. At saka mis na mis ka na namin. Ikaw ang sparkplug ng ating kapehan.

    Panalangin namin na sana ay lubos-lubosan ka nang gumaling.

  10. kaya po pala wala kayong comment dun sa mga nangyayare ngayon sa pilipinas. di bale, na dyan naman si Kap para lead sa amin.

    get well soon ho mang cocoy. “read” you soon.

  11. *mag-lead sa amin.

  12. Lumipat na ang Cocoy’s Delight sa malaking bahay.
    NO ID, NO ENTRY

    Paregister para makapasok.

    Invite ko na rin ang lahat na nandito.
    Meet and greet some of my friends at kababayan doon.Meet some beautiful ladies and handsome guys.Hehehehe!

    Ito ang site:

    http://eclarino.ning.com

    Buksan niyo lang kahit na anong pinto doon,tiyak makakapasok na kayo


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