Wednesday, January 25, 2012

President Corazon "Cory" Aquino--remembering the First Filipino Citizen

" The MOther of the Nation"
I still remember the very last time I saw former President Cory Aquino alive---when we had a meeting with her about the impeachment of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. She was frail then, but the sparkle in her eyes betray her true strength. Cory was one of a few individuals whom I met who exuded great strength in their spirits. As what the Good book says, the flesh may be weak, but the Spirit is willing.

How many times did this great woman sacrificed her life for the country she and her husband loved more than themselves? Many times. Even during her bout with cancer, Cory's mind was about the people who were risking their lives trying to fight the most evil of all regimes back then---the Arroyo regime. 

I remmeber in 1988 when her administration got the most punishment from reformist soldiers and she went to pray for guidance in a church where we were then (Kiko was there, David Celdran our student council president was there and some colleagues of mine). Me and my friend, Hector Halabaso was left with only 25 centavos in our pockets when the coup began. Despite this, we went to the church where Cory was at, and we prayed with her. That was the first time I saw her. And the last time was about two decades hence---in a coffin where she lies.

Cory said this once: " I would rather die a meaningful death than live a meaningless life." For this woman, she lived a meaningful life, inspired millions to live according to the Truth, Justice and Democracy.

She epitomized the First Filipino Citizen, who rises to the occasion and retires when the job has been completed. When her country encounters problems, Cory was there, with the people, struggling with them and afterwards, returning to her home to tend to her domestic duties. 

Cory experienced both a meaningful life and a worthy death.

Her death inspired millions to continue living as a model citizen, able to distinguish between good and evil, Right or Wrong, and resist darkness where ever it may be.

Cory is a revolutionist. Cory is the model of a revolutionist who exercised her will over tyranny and derived her strength from the people. The masa, as what she always say, is her boss. And she will forever be imbedded in our hearts.

To madame president, may your Spirit live forever! May God take good care of you and I hope to see you soon.