Farewell to Tita Cory (Ayala Funeral Parade Pics)

August 4, 2009

I was 9 years old when the 1986 snap election for presidency happened. The candidates were President Ferdinand Marcos and Mrs. Corazon Aquino the widow of Senator Benigno Aquino. That was the first time I got acquainted with her because this event was the talk of every news and the discussions amongst adults. I also recall that during the campaign period President Marcos had more advertising power and budget while Mrs. Aquino had less yet her slogan “Tama na, Sobra na, Palitan na” had made a significant signal than the “Marcos Pa Rin” slogan. As a child then I really did not care too much, I was just fascinated with the campaign materials both parties were sending us (I loved the stickers) and entertained by the infomercials with jingles I see on TV.
Few weeks later, the Commission on Elections or COMELEC declared that President Marcos had won the election. Many, including the Catholic Church believed that this declaration was manipulated and a fraud. The frustration of the people, church, military and other civic groups had eventually led to the legendary People Power or EDSA Revolution or as per my history books it was also recognized as a bloodless revolution. This turn of event was not favorable for President Marcos thus he resigned and flew to Hawaii in exile and Mrs. Aquino was then declared President. I remember people were chanting the name CORY and rejoicing because the Filipinos are finally free. That time I also felt the People Power fever but on a child’s level though. School was suspended for a week and my parents stayed in the house as well. It was a like holiday for everybody and that made me rejoice. That was People Power for me twenty three years ago.

President Corazon Aquino died last August 1, 2009 due to colon cancer. The announcement of her death made me sad because as a Filipino we lost a person who was an instrument in uniting our country once upon a time. On a personal point sad because as a woman and a mother I admired her strength as a leader and her devotion as a mother. She was the first woman president in Asia and was able to lead a nation even if she had many detractors. She also cared for the country like a mother because she continued to serve even after her term. She is also a proof that a mother’s love is the greatest because she was always there for her children to be their source of strength even during their lowest. I will never forget Kris Aquino’s statement years ago on television, she said that the only person who gives her unconditional love is her mother and I totally agree with Kris.

Crowd getting big every minute

Crowd getting big every minute

When I learned that she will have funeral procession along Ayala Avenue corner Paseo where the statue of her husband Senator Benigno Aquino stands, I right away decided that I will be attending. So I went there under the 12 noon sun, patiently waited for the arrival of her casket. As minutes passed the crowd got bigger. The windows and rooftops of the buildings along the mentioned streets were also filled with Cory supporters. The scene I am seeing stirred my vivid memories of People Power. Dominant color on the streets was yellow, flying confetti, and people shouting Cory-Cory. But now instead of fighting for democracy people are showing their respect and final farewell to our dear president and mother.

Under the scorching sun

Under the scorching sun

Ayala corner Paseo

Ayala corner Paseo

Confetti

Confetti

Finally her casket arrived and I have seen the sincerity of the people’s love for this great woman. The most touching scene I’ll never forget is when her casket stopped in front of her husband’s statue then everyone started singing “Bayan Ko”, I said to myself, so this is how it felt 23 years ago in EDSA, being united with millions is nirvana.

President Corazon Aquino's casket

President Corazon Aquino's casket

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Cory's symbol the yellow ribbon and laban sign

Cory's symbol the yellow ribbon and laban sign

Reunited at last

Reunited at last

After attending her funeral parade I felt that People Power is not just a part of my childhood days. Only after 23 years I realized that People Power is a PART OF MY LIFE and I am lucky that I lived in the time period of this historical event.

Can you imagine what would it be now if it did not happen? Maybe if it really did not happen then we may not enjoy our freedom of speech and I wouldn’t be having a blog site now because government will not allow it.

Again thank you President Corazon Aquino, our Tita Cory, you will be forever remembered.


“No to Con-Ass” Rally Pictures

June 10, 2009

Photos(using Nokia Supernova) and Captions by Gemma Morfe

Start of rally along Paseo De Roxas.

Ready na ha, get set go...

Ready na ha, get set go...

BA Lepanto main entrance was closed at exactly 4:21pm.

Pre nag-uwian na sila ha, pero bakit tayo nandito pa?

Pre nag-uwian na sila ha, pero bakit tayo nandito pa?

And here are the rally participants…

Parang mamamlengke lang ang outfit.

Parang mamamlengke lang ang outfit.

Rally buttons for sales! Business opportunity talaga ang rally.

Rally buttons for sales! Business opportunity talaga ang rally.

Bonding ng mag-ina sa rally. Ang sweet.

Bonding ng mag-ina sa rally. Ang sweet.

Foreigner: Oh, a street party!

Foreigner: Oh a street party!

Mga pag-asa ng bayan.

Mga pag-asa ng bayan.

Effort sa props.

Effort sa props.

Kumikitang kabuhayan sa rally.

Kumikitang kabuhayan sa rally

Naaalala nyo pa ba si manang fishball? Tuwing may rally na lang sya nag tatayo ng kiosk a sa Paseo de Roxas.

Naaalala nyo pa ba si manang fishball? Tuwing may rally na lang sya nag tatayo ng kiosk a sa Paseo de Roxas.

We are the gwapings!

We are the gwapings!

Only in the Philippines - Habang nag rarally magtinda!

Only in the Philippines - Habang nag rarally magtinda!

Pati pala si Gloria naki rally

Pati pala si Gloria naki rally.

Their presence makes me feel safer.

Their presence makes me feel safer.

Ang kalat-kalat naman.

Ang kalat-kalat naman.

Ayun ang salarin ng kalat. Sya pala ang nag sasaboy ng confetti.

Ayun ang salarin ng kalat. Sya pala ang nag sasaboy ng confetti.

Mga raliyista ba ito? Ahhh nanginginain lang. Mga pahinadora pala...PAGER!

Mga raliyista ba ito? Ahhh nanginginain lang. Mga pahinadora pala...PAGER!

At syempre yours trully participant din ako. Kaya nga nasa blog ko eh.

At syempre yours trully, participant din ako. Kaya nga nasa blog ko eh.