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Because she could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for her

The first time the Aquino family announced that their matriarch, President Cory Aquino, was diagnosed with colon cancer the people were saddened. We offered our prayers and attended the mass for her speedy recovery. We thought we could not lose her now since our country was in political turmoil and she was the only leader who could unite us all. After her 1st chemo therapy, we would still see her in the streets actively participating in calling for justice, truth and accountability. She was not afraid to speak her mind and fight for the rights of her people. She was one with us in the trials that came our way, trials that challenged our nation. She was true to her word when she said in her final State of the Nation Address in 1991:

“... But while my power as president ends in 1992, my responsibility as a Filipino for the well-being of my country goes beyond it to my grave. A great part of that responsibility is to do the best I can today, according to my best lights, while I have the power to do it.”

While in pain she did not complain. She continued to pray not for her recovery but for our nation’s recovery. She was unstoppable until death stopped her.

I was lucky to be born under her reign as President as I witnessed what democracy was all about or what nationalism meant even at a young age. I was really fortunate to have met her and spent a few moments to listen to her wisdom at her own house. How could a president like her be so open to the public, without fear of assassination? Who would have plotted against her anyway, when all she did was pray and love?

There are so many good things that can be said about her by so many people, whether they had a personal encounter with her or not. She transformed our nation from dictatorship to democracy and she touched our hearts in so many ways, and one of which is by leading a good example. She was shining not because of diamonds and gold earrings but because of her burning love for the country and the Filipinos. She stood out from the rest of the leaders not because she was proud and arrogant but because of her simplicity and humility. People listened to her not because of fear but because of respect. She was a strong woman who drew her strength from her faith in God. She was incorruptible and she did her best in her capacity to serve our nation with sincerity and honesty.

If England has Queen Elizabeth and Thailand has King Bhumibol, the Philippines has Cory Aquino as the Queen of Democracy and Non-violent Revolution. Her name, Corazon, is big and so is her heart. She’s lived her life serving her country and loving the Filipino people, and for that we will always be grateful. She symbolizes what a woman can be. She is not ‘just a woman’ as former dictator Marcos called her but the woman.

I am lucky that she was born Filipino like me. She will truly be missed but she will always be loved. Yes, we are grieving because we have lost a loving mother and great leader. But she will always live in our hearts as we have lived in hers.

Good bye Tita Cory.

*Tita means auntie, our term of endearment to her.

Comments

Our prayers are with you and all the people.

Anette

katea's picture

Thank you!

Anette,
Thank you so much for being one with us in prayer as we grieve for the death of our most beloved President. She was our President from 1986-1992 but since then until her death, she never stopped loving and inspiring the whole nation. She was the only leader who was grateful for the love of her people and equalled it with her love for our country and the people as well. Our country will never be the same without her.

kind regards,
katea

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Maria Cuellar's picture

She will be missed by many

Corazon was such a strong woman with powerful points of view, and she is admired by many around the world, transcending borders of culture and language. I am also sorry to hear that such a wonderful woman in the human rights movement has died.
Thanks for sharing with us the fact that you admired her so much!

Maria

Dear Maria,
I am grateful for the words you said about our most beloved President. She walked with us in the streets to fight for justice, freedom and peace. The only President who lived her life serving her country and people with sincerity, humility and gratitude. It is not so surprising that even her gratest political rivals went to her wake and paid their respect. Nobody could ever say anything bad against her. Her administration may not be perfect as her critics would say but she was the best and the most honourable.

warm regards,
katea

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

Anette Leslie's picture

Don't worry, Many more great

Don't worry,

Many more great leaders will emerge, including yourself.

Anette

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