I envy the people that came to Cory’s wake and had a chance to march towards her resting place. I haven’t been to those. The most important thing I experience which should be a part of history was when I was an OJT at NBN Channel 4 (I got this thru nepotism) and we were at Sandiganbayan when suddenly Joseph Estrada arrived to surrender himself to government. It was an awesome sight as I saw the smarts of a NBN reporter “help” Erap to find the room where he will stay in and as soon as Erap, his cronies, and his cameraman has entered, WHAM, they locked to room to get the exclusive story.

That was awesome.

Anyway, I’ll admit… I cried a little when the APO Hiking Society and the rest of the singers that sang on the final mass sang “Handog ng Filipino sa Mundo”. I am a huge APO mark but when I first heard Danny Javier singing the first lines while his voice was cracking, my eyes watered. It would have been nice to be a part of history. I was too young to experience the EDSA Revolution and I seem to make a mistake in not joining the EDSA Dos demonstrations. While I was NOT KEEN of joining the so-called EDSA TRES (where people of all walks of life littered the EDSA Shrine to urinate and soil in every spot they could), walking with other people… carrying a digicam… covering and blogging history…

Ain’t that pretty?

While in terms of governing I am more of a Fidel V. Ramos fan, Cory’s place in history ranks higher than the cigar-chomping iron man. She helped in toppling a government, she showed no intentions of leeching on her high-ranking position, and until her death, she involved herself in matters aimed to take care of our democracy.

Now, since I have isolated myself to the public by not going out of the house for five days, here are the top players of this unforgettable feat of unity.

Cory Aquino: Bar none, she is the undisputed Mother of Philippine Democracy. If you think the bloodless EDSA revolution is a miracle, then in five years, nominate her for sainthood. However, the things she did are enough to immortalize her as a National Hero. Wow, most of us will die lucky to have 200 people laying us to rest. While husband Ninoy (Benigno Aquino Jr.) edged the first Asian woman Prez by an estimate of 1.7 Filipinos (Ninoy had an estimate of 2 million angry people at his side), Cory was led to her resting place without any hint of anger and protest. In fact, most of the Filipinos that marched alongside the fallen prez were 20 to 30 somethings that enjoys no or little recall about the events that transpired in the early and mid 80’s. It’s a pity that instead of worldwide focus, CNN and BBC went live in meeting the arrival of two Korean-Americans that were detained in North Korea for coming to the country illegally (the kicker here was that Bill Clinton acted as envoy to negotiate the release of the women). Fact is though, Cory wouldn’t care if she’s top story material or a filler. Those who experienced her love first-hand must cherish this truthfully in their hearts because another Cory-like person coming to this world is next to impossible.

Noynoy Aquino: Timing is important in politics and if he wants a crack for higher office then this is the right time for the current senator to do so. Surely, he’ll automatically get all the sympathy votes and it is not as if he’ll turn out as a bad leader. Despite the economic crunch, the country is stable. However, what the country needs right now is a leader that the nation could respect. His decision-making and assertiveness is Ninoy-esque. The thing he did, going out of the vehicle to walk with the people was also a nice gesture. He is single… which also means that he would not have a first lady (or a first gentleman) to drag his name down. He has pedigree and obviously Ninoy and Cory thought him to do well in the political arena. What he showed during this time is enough to put his name on top of the list… if he decides to run in 2010.

The Aquino clan: It was hard to laugh at Kris Aquino even when she’s trying to be funny (calling herself her mom's favorite in front of her siblings for example) because you can see in her face that she’s is mourning. Because of Cory’s kids (mainly Kris), we saw that aside from a democratic icon, Cory was also an extremely loving mother. During the interviews, Kris was the talkative one while Ballsy is the leader. Actually you must be made of garbage if your heart didn’t pour when Kris stated that she lied when she said to her mom that it is okay to join her Dad in heaven. Pinky seems to be the “funny and madaldal” one (other than Kris) while Viel is the extremely silent one. Cory’s grandkids were a fun sight to watch and I could see a couple of congressmen and senators from this flock in the coming years. From the Cojuangco side, there is Peping and wife Tintin with their beautiful children that seems to adore horses (by the way, I hope they’ll return to equestrian because they are definitely world-class bets). Of course, kudos for the other immediate relatives (by the way, from the Aquino side, Tessie Oreta was pretty quiet during the mourning).

For James Yap… you are in the stage of mourning… we understand that… but there is a reason why Cory asked you to play for the country instead of giving your berth to another player. Do her proud. GO TEAM PILIPINAS!

The Marcos clan: Imelda Marcos led a couple of her loyalists to pray for Cory’s repose while her kids, Bongbong and Imee, came to the wake to pay their respects to the former president. This is a normal thing except that they are archenemies since the late 1960’s! This is an indication where both parties have moved on. I like the fact that the two were like two shy preschool students on their first day of school where the only times they talk was when someone approached them. Like the Aquino clan, they were raised to respect people and despite the known rift between the two clans, Bongbong and Imee should be commended for coming out to show their support and the Aquino clan should be commended for accepting them. Do I smell Noynoy-Bongbong for 2010? That could be cool.

Joseph Estrada: He was seen at the wake and some of the masses. Kris stated a story about him visiting Cory at Makati Med. He came through the basement and lied to the media about the Aquino clan “not letting him in”. Actually, he was let in but to not give the media something to drool on, he said otherwise. It was a nice gesture. I believe when his time is up (not in the near future), he is one of those people who will attract hordes of people.

Jose Ramos-Horta: The East Timor (Timor Leste) president, he came to town on August 5 at 4am. Then he went straight to the cathedral, attended the mass, and endured almost eight hours of hunger and waiting for the cortege to come, just for him to pay his respects to Cory. This was such a great gesture because last February 11, he survived an assassination attempt where he was shot near the lungs and his state was considered critical until he eventually recovered.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: Seven minutes is an eternity in basketball… but not during wakes. Since Cory’s death she has been keeping the media people to their feet as to when and where will PGMA “strike”? She had it good when she ruled August 5 as a holiday but she had it bad when her cronies made the security aide transfer “miscommunication” and the overstaying in the US without sending any family members to the Cory wake. Congressmen have been pleading for PGMA to shelve the con-ass and to just stick to the 1987 Constitution, which was approved by the late Madame President. I doubt if this would be heeded.

After the fanfare and after the sidebars, this chapter in our history will close. It was fine to see Ramos, Santanina Rasul, Ernesto Maceda, Jovito Salonga, Nikki Coseteng, and the other senators and cabinet members from the Aquino Administration. As it stands, only Ramos and Juan Ponce Enrile (who recently switched sides and now pro-admin) remains on earth as the architects of the EDSA revolution.

Anywho, just like the various verses seen in cyberspace, Cory Aquino has left her lasting mark in Philippine History.



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