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Tita Cory’s Cortege via Ayala Avenue

August 3, 2009

At around 10 a.m. today, we received an email from our HR Department informing us that employees are allowed to proceed to Ayala Avenue to witness the funeral procession of the late President Corazon Aquino.  The cortege was expected to pass by that main street of Makati from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. And so, as an obdient employee a simple citizen who wants to pay her last respects to the president, together with my colleagues, I went to Ayala Avenue. It was nearing noontime where the sun is in its brightest, but we, along with a lot other workers in Makati, did bother the heat.

At the time we arrived, there were already a lot of people in the streets.

It was exactly 11:30 a.m. and we have been hearing updates from radios, handheld tv and cellphone calls that Tita Cory’s convoy has entered Ayala. But that was some 5 to 6 blocks away from where we were. People kept pouring in as minutes went by.

Another 30 minutes went by and still the convoy is no where to be seen. Not even advance parties. So, we opted to take the chance to get some proofs that we were really there in that momentous event. Sorry po Tita Cory, nagpictorial kami while waiting for you.

We were literally in the middle of Ayala Avenue

We were literally in the middle of Ayala Avenue

With colleagues

With colleagues

With colleagues

With more colleagues

We waited for another hour. We heard music getting near us. A song so very familiar that would instantly remind people of the 1986 revolt. A vehicle escorted with lots of people rolled towards us made everyone sing “Magka-isa”. It was really a tear-jerking moment.

And then at exactly 1:30 p.m., the crowd got busy as Tita Cory’s remains slowly approached our location. We were lucky to have stationed in that very spot. We’ve got a closer look at her remains.

Peping and Mikee Conjuanco

Peping and Mikee Conjuanco

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When the late president’s remains passed by, people were shouting her name “Cory! Cory!”. It was really something worth witnessing. It’s like reliving the 1986 events.

The family’s coaster immediately followed Tita Cory’s remains. There were a lot other public figures we saw. One was Dinky Soliman boarded in a coaster and shouted “Ituloy ang laban ni Cory!” Senator Drilon, on the other hand, was on a different bus who waved to the people and made the “laban” sign.

And I was so glad to be there. It was way past lunch time. Mainit. Nakakagutom. Nakakapagod tumayo at maghintay  ng dalawang oras in high heels. And yet,  Tita Cory’s remains passed by in less than 3  minutes. But it was all worth it. That was the least I could do for Mrs. Aquino.

Still,  I don’t want to say goodbye… but say THANK YOU, MRS. PRESIDENT!

26 Comments leave one →
  1. August 3, 2009 6:08 pm

    base ba?

    base nga!🙂

    • August 3, 2009 6:11 pm

      base nga.. hehe

      “Mainit. Nakakagutom. Nakakapagod tumayo at maghintay ng dalawang oras in high heels. And yet, Tita Cory’s remains passed by in less than 3 minutes. But it was all worth it. That was the least I could do for Mrs. Aquino.”

      i would do the same if i were there. you’re luck winkz to witness this event. nakaka-antig ng puso.

      naku reese, kahit ulitin pa uli yun, i would gladly do that once again. sobrang nakakaiyak ung moment when she passed by us. i might go to manila cathedral later to pay my last respect.

  2. sandi permalink
    August 4, 2009 12:07 am

    nauulit muli ang nakaraan! ang pagkawala ng isang mahalagang tao ay siya naman pagbuhay na magka-isa ang bayan para sa isang layunin… isa ba itong senyales?😉

    it was like being in the 1986 revolution… but with a different feel. this time it’s not political but purely show of outpouring love, support and respect for someone who stood for and with us Filipinos.

  3. August 4, 2009 1:40 am

    Yehey. nasa top 5 ako.

    grabe andami supporters ni Cory..

    ay, may top 5 na sa pagbase? hehehehe!

    sobrang dami, mon! if you were in the streets with us, you’d feel the outpouring love of tita cory.

    • August 5, 2009 6:11 am

      nasa first 3 pala ako. Yes! hehe

      sana andun din ako. para ma-feel ko talaga yung outpouring love🙂

  4. August 4, 2009 2:32 am

    ito ang 5th base
    talagang lumabas lahat ng mga tao a

    ahaha! may 5th base pa talaga! hehehe!

    naku, di pa lahat yan mars. ang dami rin naiwan sa office and some are watching from their office buildings lang. yan lang ang mga nagtyaga sa init ng araw🙂

  5. August 4, 2009 4:36 am

    Sayang at hindi ko man lang nakita ito. How I wish I was there too with the crowd – cheering, crying, reminiscing. Filipinos are very lucky to have one Tita Cory.

    uy doc mike!!! aymishu!!!😛

    hay naku, it’s really worth experiencing. part of history na cya… and i was there! yes, we are really lucky and blessed to have her.

  6. dencios permalink
    August 4, 2009 6:03 am

    salamat sa picture at para na din akong andyan.
    im sure cory is happy nasan man sya.

    you look refreshing under the sun on white🙂


    that’s why i posted the pics here. para ma-feel nating lahat ung naexperience ko on that day.

    naku, mali nga ung suot ko. i should have worn black… i forgot what kuya noynoy told me to wear! hehehe!

  7. August 4, 2009 7:06 am

    nakakalungkot talaga mga ganyang sitwasyon..
    ang bigat bigat ng pakiramdam lalo na pag
    sumasabay sa prosisyon
    ng pag punta sa sementeryo.

    kagabi ang haba ng pila sa manila cathedral sobra!!

    actually jason, mixed emotions. i don’t know, but i can’t really explain how i felt on that very moment. i was happy to be in that very same location but sad because of the loss. pero ang bottomline, president cory did a very good job and had a fulfilled life. maybe you can’t relate to what i’m saying here kasi bata ka pa. i’m glad and i was blessed to have witnessed and experienced her presidency, leadership and dedication to our country and people.

    nay, punta ako later sa manila cathedral. my mom wants to pay her last respect. good luck sa amin. maulan pa naman!

  8. Dorm Boy permalink
    August 4, 2009 7:16 am

    Sayang di ko nakita ang nangyari kahapon. Nasa Makati ave kasi kami. Napadaan lang po.

    http://dormboy.wordpress.com


    sayang naman, nasa makati ka na rin lang.

    salamat sa pagdaan, dormboy! hope to see you back🙂

  9. August 4, 2009 8:28 am

    Paalam po tita cory, salamat sa demokrasya..

    she hears you now, jorge!

  10. August 4, 2009 10:08 am

    grabe dami pa din suporta sknya..sabi nga ng tatay ko mas ok sya kay gloria at dun ko napag tanto dahil ang daming nag mamahal sknya..talaga..gusto ko rin sana pumunta sa manila cathedral may duty lang kasi ako..buti na lang may post din ikaw about kay tita cory..kahit paano nalaman ko,at buti may nag popost sa you tube at pinoy channel..

    may she rest in peace..

    correction lovely, cory is not comparable to gloria… not a bit! she has integrity… dunno if gloria has it. ay sorry! ayan lumalabas tuloy ang aking harsh comment on politicians. hehehe!

    • August 6, 2009 3:15 am

      kaya nga po..hindi ko kasi ata sya naabutan nung time na sya’y nanunungkulan, o kung naabutan ko man ate, uhugin pa ata ako nun hehe..at xempre naman mas mataas ngayon ang pagtingin ko kesa sa pandak na nakaupo sa trono..hehe..:)

  11. August 4, 2009 12:42 pm

    buti ka pa.. ako tulog pa ako nun mga oras na yan. 5pm pa pasok ko e.

    ay di ko talaga pinalagpas ung chance. at exactly 11:30 a.m., i left my work station, tagged my colleagues, to be in the main street of ayala! i witnessed history unfold right in front of my very eyes.🙂

  12. August 4, 2009 1:55 pm

    wow good for you🙂 it would have been nice to be there as well.

    wow ha di talaga pinalampas yung pictorial!!

    yes jeff, such a momentous event. i’m glad i was able to be there.

    hahaha… di napigilan ang picture addiction eh. hehehe!

  13. IKAY permalink
    August 4, 2009 2:07 pm

    sa tuwing napapanood ko sa tv yung mga tribute nya..i always have this teary eyes…ewan ko cguro nalolongkot lng ako bilang isang anak para kasing napakasakit ang mawalan ng nanay.

    ay naku, pareho tayo. eto nga mugto ang mata ko kakaiyak.

  14. August 4, 2009 3:46 pm

    Thanks for the share Winkie. Dahil sa entry mo feel ko na rin na nandiyan ako. Salamat.

    Sa wakas nagkasama na rin sila ni Ninoy.

    “Till Death Do Us Part”

    Now…

    “Till Life After Death”

    Amen.

    you are most welcome, darbs.

    i saw a picture taken of a makati worker. it’s a bird’s eyeview of the scene when pres. cory passed by the ninoy aquino monument in paseo de roxas, it was intitled “happily ever after”. it really gave me goosebumps.

  15. August 4, 2009 4:52 pm

    sayang, we don’t have a seminar in makati. if we were in makati, baka makigulo rin kami diyan…

    ay sayang naman, irish! if only you were assigned at HO. ang sarap ng feeling talaga to have witnessed that.

  16. August 4, 2009 8:42 pm

    Parang naulit nga daw ang 1983. Nakakapanindig balahibo ang efforts ng taong-bayan to pay respect to her.

    She really is a history. She will always remain in the hearts of the Filipino people.

    Sorry ngayon lang nakaabloghop ulet ate winkie! Godbless you!🙂

    di pa ako masyadong aware nung 1983, i was too young then. but based on historical facts, it’s like deja vu nga. the only difference is that with sen. ninoy, there were hatred against the dictator in the hearts of his supporters. but with pres. cory, it’s simply an outpouring of love, respect and support.

    yes definitely, she will be remembered forever!

  17. Prinsesa ng Drama permalink
    August 5, 2009 6:35 am

    Hi Ms. Winkie. Thanks for sharing!

    When i woke up this morning (Doha time) nakita ko nga sa GMA news yung mass for Tita Cory. Hayz, kakalungkot.😦

    May her soul rest in peace and May God give the strength to her family members.

    Add po kita sa FB ko ha? Okie lang? hehe. Thanks!😀

    you are most welcome, roneth.

    it’s a sad day indeed. pati ang langit eh lumuluha. at ako, kanina pa ako iyak ng iyak while watching tv. ang sakit na ng mata ko!

    surely, feel free to add me up sa FB🙂

  18. August 5, 2009 6:36 am

    “a simple citizen who wants to pay her last respects” — akala ko oz. * peace *

    but kidding aside, moving talaga ang outpouring of support.

    lol @ oz.

  19. snglguy permalink
    August 5, 2009 7:13 am

    Ehem… so who was minding the store when you were all out gallivanting in the middle of Ayala Avenue? Just kidding, thought I’d lighten serious post a bit… hehe.😀

    apparently, even our bosses, the entire Management Committte, are with us in the streets. tumigil sila sa meeting to pay respect to pres. cory. our chairman kasi has a personal relations with madam president as they are both advocates of the Pinoy Me program.

  20. snglguy permalink
    August 5, 2009 7:15 am

    Oops, sorry. What I wanted to say was “… thought I’d lighten up this serious post a bit”😀

    kelangan talaga i-correct? hehehe!

    hmmmm… new avatar ah!😛

  21. August 5, 2009 1:20 pm

    Ate yung libing ba ito mismo? O yung pagtransfer from La Salle Greenhills to Manila Cathedral?

    Pero ang galing, ganda ng pagkakadocument mo.🙂

    Bilib din ako, super organized ng wake hanggang sa libing. She really is a wonderful person kaya up to the last minute solid ang respect sa kanya ng mga tao. Walang gulo. Ang galing, ang ganda. If I’m not mistaken, I even saw Zobel de Ayalas joining the ordinary people along the streets and paying respects to the late former President.

    Bow ako dito.🙂

    this is the transfer from la salle to manila cathedral. i really took time to witness and document this. plus, as i said, i have my utmost respect for madam president. so being there was really an honor for me. and yes, it was zobel. he, together with his family, were with the “commoners” along the streets of ayala to pay tribute and celebrate the life of tita cory.

    • August 6, 2009 8:52 am

      that’s the spirit!🙂

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