A Great Filipina’s Passing

It is with great regret that I write this article. Another great person has left the world. I am speaking of former President Corazon Aquino.

You might be thinking why I am writing of her passing just now, when she has already been buried. It is because I did not want to jump on the bandwagon of people writing about how great she was, or how sad they are about her passing. For me, I mourn now and write later.

I distinctly remember how it was in 1986. I was six years old then. I was not old enough to understand everything that’s ging on around me, but I knew enough to know that this small woman on television is making a big change. A change that I will benefit from in the future.

This woman, a simple mother, was in the midst of everyone with power. But it was clear that the greatest power at that time was her faith. She was a grieving widow, and yet her strength showed as she guided people through a peaceful revolution. The current government was overthrown with very minimal casualties.

As a child, all I could think of was how could a woman whose heart is filled with pain stand in front of the nation and promise everyone that she can guide them to a better future? Can she really do it?

Now, as a grown woman, I cannot help but think that President Corazon Aquino had divinity on her side. Her unwavering faith in the Lord helped her through everything. True, not much was accomplished during her term as president, but she helped the Filipino people stand back up and realize they have their own thoughts to act on. We were not robots anymore, doing the bidding of a dictator. We were people, with free will.

Through several coup attempts, all this great woman did was pray and ask for guidance. She did not do anything to fight back. She did not resort to violence or threats. But come to think of it, despite threats of violence against her, she was never removed from office. She stayed until her term was over.

After her term, she did not cease helping Filipinos. She was still one with us. She was still our mother.

Her passing has once again brought the nation together. Everyone shared the sorrow of losing the symbol of our freedom, the harbinger of democracy. She will surely be remembered and her memory cherished. The title of her death’s news coverage says it all: “Salamat, Tita Cory“.

heartfelt condolences to her bereaved family. Thank you for sharing your mother with us.