(Note: A yellow ribbon will be placed on all my August posts as my sign of respect and sorrow over the passing of our beloved former President Corazon C. Aquino ~SL)
It has been a week since Mommy Cory died. Everyone calls her Tita Cory. Even if I didn’t know her personally (the closest encounter I had with her was when I saw her pass by during a campaign rally for her chosen senators), it felt like she was more than an aunt or tita. It didn’t feel right to call her just “Tita” (In the Phils. and even in other Asian countries like Japan, that’s how you address the bestfriend of your mom or your friend’s mom). It doesn’t feel right to call her just that. Losing her was like losing a mom– the second time for me, having lost my real mother when i was in my late teens. Now here it is again. The tears keep on coming. Grief and bereavement… Hurt, anguish, and despair over what’s freakin’ left for us to deal with, now that she’s gone. It is really difficult to accept it. We feel like a motherless nation now– we feel so alone.
Even so… this was also a strange week wherein I got two of my wishes granted which cheered me up somehow. It has something to do with two of my most favorite celebrities in the world – John Cusack and Trent Reznor! One I made actual contact with and the other I get to see live in person!
I know I should be giddy and excited about it. But every time I think back about Mommy Cory’s passing, I shed hot tears all over again. Such an emotional roller coaster week this is… along with a bipolar, roller coaster weather (rainy…sunny …rainy… sunny…) to match it.
I would like to share some of the lovely, poignant pictures that my older brother, Ito, took since Cory’s death last Saturday. Living and working in close proximity to the places where he took these pictures, he was able to capture these historical moments superbly. The captions are also from his FB album pages, too (If you wish to repost these pix in your website or blog, kindly ask for permission first – These pix aren’t mine… and even I had to ask permission from him. K? Thanks.):
“August 3, 2009. President Cory was transfered this afternoon to the Manila Cathedral. Thousands line up to view her remains and pay their respect at the cathedral. Meanwhile hundreds more are trooping to the Aquino residence along Times st., Quezon City.“
“They linger in front of the candles and offer their prayers to the President. And probably many are also praying for Hope and Change for the country.”
“1 am, Aug. 4. And they continued to line up so that they can pay their respects to the President at the Manila Cathedral.”
“Despite the intermittent downpour of rain, they continued to wait patiently for their turn. The line snaked in front of the cathedral and extended almost all the way to Manila City Hall outside the walls of Intramuros.”
“4pm, Aug. 4, Necrological Service at the Manila Cathedral.”
“An opportunity to earn a little money…”
“Aug. 5, 1pm. The people are waiting for the funeral cortege to pass through. This was at the corner of Roxas blvd and Quirino Avenue.”
“Finally, the coffin of Pres. Cory with the military honor guards on top of a truck.”
“L for Laban! Not anymore Loser.”
BTW, even if Cory did not have a state funeral (the family refused the offer from the current administration on account of political -and personal-differences), she was still better off without one. I think her wake, cortege, and burial were truly well-organized, beautiful and touching. I would like to congratulate everyone who made all these possible — the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, all the singers, musicians, choirs, the nuns, the military honors, the guards, the police, the priests, the people who lined up at the wake, and walked beside her before she was laid to rest. I would also like to commend the reporters, too, especially those from GMA Channel 7 – the Kapuso Network – that made it possible for millions of Filipinos (here and abroad) to take part in the ‘virtual vigil’ during their unselfish, tireless, almost 24/7 coverage of the events via their free online livestreaming tribute page! You all make me truly proud of being a Filipino – especially when we band together – we can REALLY make things happen!
Para kay Mommy Cory, mabuhay po tayong lahat!