Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Farewell to the Mother of Democracy




Her character and charisma made her an icon. She moved mountains and inspired not only a multitude of my countrymen but people around the world that witnessed that bloodless day. The People Power Revolution was the epitome of Filipino victory after more than two decades under a regime that was plagued with corruption and deprived Filipinos of their freedom. Truly, it was meant to eventuate for the world to aspire to a peaceful transition of power that change is possible with guns pointed down and with a strong faith in God.

My mother is telling me now a story when I was only a year and months old in Hilongos, Leyte. Corazon "Cory" Cojuangco-Aquino was there campaigning for her presidency as I was waving a yellow flaglet, a gesture of my littlest way of support. Everything seems a blur to me, but I am glad it transpired as history unfolded before my unadulterated eyes.

Now that she is laid to eternal rest beside her husband, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., I can't help but think what can we learn from all this. It seems that Filipinos have become coward ignoramuses in this long slumber, shrugging off the value of what was fought for in 1986 or just horribly disinterested or continually deceived by the greatest tricksters in politics. We need to stamp the very essence of it on our head, learn from it so we can move on progressively, and never let history repeat itself. We can't go on pretending we are OK when we are not, because we will never be when that day of fear and the unpleasant comes. Her demise, it appears, united the nation once again, which means how much of an influence she is. Bringing back the old times, deja vu.

Cory is love for the Philippines personified. Let's all give our fair share of love for the country. It doesn't have to be tantamount to that of a figure in history books, but, at least , to strive to be worth a Filipino. It is tempting to say that the Filipino fails to realize that the dream is not far from his reach if only he act now, and I do believe in every Filipino. I am hoping the struggle will soon be over.

Today, I bid farewell to you President Corazon Aquino, the mother of our democracy. We will be forever indebted to you. It was a job well done.

Translation of text on shirt: Daghang Salamat, President Cory Aquino... Paalam!!! (Thank you so much, President Cory Aquino... Farewell!!!)

33 comments:

  1. nice post...
    thank you and good bye tita Cory...:(..

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  2. Her lost was the biggest failure of pilipinos..

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  3. @Kai: We've just lost a hero. Thanks! ;)

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  4. @7 day weather forecast: True. We will always identify her as our own, our democracy. :)

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  5. Farewell to Cory Aquino, We been blessed to have her as our president.
    I was in 2nd grade when she became the president.

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  6. We just lose a great hero and a loving mom of our country.=( But i know she and Ninoy will still take care of us. Rest in peace Cory.


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  7. yes she is the mother of democracy and she deserves to be called a hero.

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  8. @marifen: That day was so-called a miracle. Blessed we really are. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  9. @Summer: I'm sure they will. But we should do what we must as always for the country. :)

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  10. Yes, she is the mother of democracy. And she's a big lose on our country. But i think we Filipino people, we need to do our part for our country. And we need to start it now! ;D

    Solo
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  11. @Solo: Now has never been an option. Let's all do it! Thanks! ;)

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  12. @True Religion Jeans: Democracy for the people! Thanks! ;)

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  13. Wow! And you got a shirt for that! ;)

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  14. may she rest in peace. she is a good example of a true filipino...

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  15. @peenkfrik: They actually held a mass here, that's why the shirt and the yellow ribbon. ;)

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  16. @Meryl (proud pinay): True. It's the values she had showed to everyone that earned her respect. She was hardworking and God-fearing. ;)

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  17. She is a truly female leader. Rest in peace, Madame Cory!

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  18. R.I.P Pres. Cory Aquino and Thank you for all your sacrifices for our country!

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  19. A woman who became a president not by ambition but by fate. We will be forever indebted on the democracy that she had given us! Woman of the year!!! ;)

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  20. @lina@happy family said...: Truly the mother of our country. R.I.P.! :)

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  21. @Glenda: Though it doesn't sound good, but she had become the sacrificial lamb to unite Filipinos against a dictator. That's real sacrifice. :)

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  22. @katherine: The woman of the year again. Her death united us all once again. They call this, Cory fever. :)

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  23. hi joemill, i'm here again stopping by your site to say have a great week ahead. ^_^

    RIP madam cory...

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  24. uy thank you sa pagvisit sa site ko :) and taking time to leave a comment. yeah, Yellow is really perfect for Tita Cory...

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  25. @Meryl (prod pinay): Thanks!

    @bona abigail: Yes, you're most welcome. Thanks to you too! :)

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  26. I can't really help but admire not only Cory but Ninoy as well. Their magic really unites the Filipinos.

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  27. @paulo: I agree. They're supposed to be role models in Philippine politics. Thanks! :)

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  28. goodbye cory you always be remembered!

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