Thursday, August 6, 2009

Farewell Tita Cory! Thank you po!

Farewell Tita Cory at maraming salamat po! The late president of the Philippines, Cory Aquino, was laid to rest yesterday. Watching all the rites, interviews and tributes for Cory, really made me shed tears and I felt inside a sense of pride for being a Filipino. I am not alone in this feeling. This is one of the things that I admire about Tita Cory, her unique pride and courage in defending the nation and its people. When many of us are wishing and investing our futures for better and greener pastures in other nations, there are those who still keep the hope that that nation is right here in the Philippines.

I am one of those who have somewhat lost hope in our country and have become cynical of those in power and the systems that have been established. A big change from the woman of 7 years ago who had dreams of making a new start when I first came back here from the US. Hearing Cory's story brings back the hope and I have even been entertaining thoughts of re-considering our immigration to Canada, which we have been waiting for for over 4 years now.

We did not line up to view Cory nor were able to attend the funeral procession, which attracted many of our countrymen. We did however make our way to Cory's home at Time St. where a small shrine has been formed with people placing flowers, small gifts and lighting candles. We try to tell our children of the life of Cory and how important a person she was and continue to be to our country and the Filipinos.

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