Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Oh tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old oak tree
It's been three long years
Do you still want me...

And so goes the song of Tony Orlando made more famous in the Philippines when Ninoy Aquino's followers and supporters picked the song out as its theme song when he decided to come back to Manila after a three-year exile in the USA. I remember seeing a lot of yellow ribbons tied in trees and fences lining up the airport route. The ambiance was light and hopeful. Marcos was sick and Ninoy wanted to come home to talk sense to the then president to restore democracy. So on August 21, 1983 Ninoy's plane landed in Manila after a circuitous route from the USA with its final stopever at Taipei before landing at the Manila International Airport. Within minutes of his arrival he was shot dead.

Cory Aquino was catapulted into the limelight then to the presidency (1986) after Ninoy's death. Through Ninoy Aquino's death, democracy was restored to the Philippines. Through President Cory Aquino, the dawn of a new Philippines became. For whatever its worth, the husband and wife team, played an integral part in Philippine history.

President Corazon C. Aquino passed away on August 1, 2009 after battling with colon cancer. Her remains lie in state at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros and internment will be on Wednesday at the Manila Loyola Park in Sucat, Paranaque. As I was driving by Roxas Boulevard this morning, I can't help but notice the banners and yellow ribbons lining the whole length of the boulevard. I felt sad as I imagine the sufferings and turmoil that Cory Aquino went through since the 70s - the imprisonment then the assassination of her husband, the pressures of running for the presidency then ultimately running and sweeping clean a corrupt government, the scandals that Kris Aquino brought on her, her sickness... Rest In Peace Madame President. The Lord be with you.
Posted by desperateblogger On 8/04/2009 07:04:00 PM 2 comments


  1. Gandang araw! Namamasyal lang ako bago matulog.

    She had been through so much. She's in a much better place now. May she rest in peace.

    Huling [btw, nasobrahan yung August mo...naging 32 days...hehehe]

  2. That was my husband's Grandparents song! What a classic!



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