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Paying my last respects for Her Excellency…

August 5, 2009

I never thought I’d make three entries for Her Excellency. So I guess, this is the last part of my trilogy entry regarding the passing of our former dear president, Cory Aquino. 

Two days back, my Mom told me that she wanted to go to Roxas Blvd. to see Tita Cory’s transfer procession from La Salle to Manila Cathedral. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to find any companion so she missed it. But last night, I made sure that she’d be able to see and pay her last respects for the president. I accompanied her to Manila Cathedral.

It was all over the news that thousands of people spend so much time to fall in line just to get a glimpse of Tita Cory in her casket. Not to mention, the inclement weather that has been plaguing the metropolis for the past few days. But that did not deter me and my Mom to proceed to Manila’s Minor Basilica.

We left home at around 8:30 pm and had a short dinner before going there. Mommy learned from the news that the end of the line is already in somewhere in Lawton area. So dinner was really necessary for us. Kelangan may powers kami ni Mommy to sustain the ordeal of falling in line.

We reached Intramuros some minutes before 10 pm.  Since I am very much familiar with the place, I decided that we  enter via Round Table slash PLM entrance (my alma matter) slash Muralla corner General Luna Streets. But I got shocked as soon as were at the General Luna dungeon. Hundreds of people were lined up in front of PLM, which is some 5 to 6 blocks away from the Cathedral. We tried to trace the end of the line and followed the flock of people from behind my alma matter. We walked further… further…  further and farther. The line seemed endless. Until we reached Manila Cathedral. But still it wasn’t the end of the line yet. That’s how long the line was. At some point in front of the Cathedral, we got pushed by a lot other people since there were vehicles passing through… we were pushed into the line. In short, nakasingit kami accidentally. And the rest is history, hehehe!

Rain started to fall as we all made baby steps towards our goal, inside Manila Cathedral that is. Suddenly, there was a hard downpour and everyone got wet despite the big umbrellas and thick jackets. At that moment, I was thinking of backing out and just go back home. But my mom was really serious and determined. She even said she was having fun like that. Ibang level din talaga ang nanay ko noh?!

Time passed by and the line was moving so very slowly. The inclement weather really so much of a hassle. We were all drenched with rain.

We were back in General Luna Street again, in front of PLM. The line stopped for quite a while. It was good though because we were able to see some of my choirmates who were way ahead of us. They called my mom and asked us to join them. So that’s singit number 2, hehehe! As the line moved, people became more and more aggresive and it had gone a bit chaotic. Not much of a movement as we were still in front of PLM. But it didn’t deter us from our goal. We joined the crowned and moved further and farther. Sobrang siksikan and everyone was darn wet.

Our determination got us through that chaotic scene.  Through the help of some younger Cory supporters, we were able to reach San Agustin Church. It was already 2.m. We were hopeful that we still can make it to the Cathedral and have a glimpse of Tita Cory.

Thirthy minutes more and we passed through a steel fence managed and monitored by some Police Officers. Our hopes got stronger because, the officers were organizing the people in 2 straight lines. Similar to that as seen in the funeral coverage inside the church. The line smoothly flowed but the rain continued to pour and drenched us.

So, to cut the long story short, we got lucky and blessed to reach the Manila Cathedral. It was 3 a.m. when we entered the doors of the church. We had a 5-hour excruciating ordeal and we only got a glimpse of Tita Cory’s remain for less than 10 seconds. I’m glad I listened to my mom. I was able to see Her Excellency in person, for the first and the last time. I was able to touch her casket and whispher to her, “Thank you, Ma’am.” 

Our 5-hour ordeal was all worth it… way worth it!

In President Cory’s burial today, I decided to stay home because I’m still tired from that excruciating-but-so-worth-it experience in Intramuros. Today, I opted be with her all throughout her last journey via the television. And just hours ago, I saw that she was laid to rest beside her loving husband, Senator Ninoy. Tita Cory’s physical journey has finally ended. And now, a new life in heaven awaits her.

God speed, Tita Cory! You will always be remembered.

Lastly, I wanna share a song composed by Fr. Manoling Francisco, S.J. which was dedicated to both Ninoy and Cory Aquino.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. IKAY permalink
    August 5, 2009 5:43 pm

    bwahahaha!! base ako!

    base ng base ah! 😛

  2. IKAY permalink
    August 5, 2009 5:56 pm

    bukas na matinong comment..hehehe

    hahaha… mukhang tinamad pa magbasa 😛

    • IKAY permalink
      August 8, 2009 2:00 pm

      after 3 days pla yung bukas ko…:P

      alam mo ate winkie sobrang bilib na talaga ako sa pgkabagets ni mudra
      as in go go go sya lagi..hehehe!

      oo nga, busyness ka ata ngayon ikay!

      hay naku, ibang level ang stamina ni mudra. minsan pati ako eh tinatalo sa mga lakaran eh! hehe!

  3. August 5, 2009 7:49 pm

    nyemas! hinde ako base! 😦

    …hinde ako nakapunta, blame it on my rashes and fever….but i was able to watch yung libing nya. Hinde ko man personally sya nakausap, I am really thankful for what she had done…inabutan ko na rin ang Edsa one so medyo aware ako kung gano kalaki yung nagawa nya for our country…she was not the best president that Philippines ever had (nirereserve ko ‘to para sa lolo ko sa talampakan, biased ako e nyahehehehe) but she was one of the most “untainted” ones…

    ayan, napa-blog ko ‘to moment tuloy ako

    mas maagap sayo ang twin sis mo, rhons! hehehe!

    for me, she was the best… sa lahat ng inabutan ko ah! all the ones after her are just so-so head of the state. teka, sino ang lolo mo sa talampakan? apo ka ba ni quirino, quezon, roxas o magsaysay? hehehe!

    • August 6, 2009 7:18 pm

      oo nga e..ambilis na ni twin sis ikay ngayon…ekshuli si Quezon…kung ang pag-uusapan is lahat ng inabutan natin (ehem..ehem), Cory is definitely the best, sunod si FVR…after them, panay so-so na

      hehehe… pwede, kung kasama si quezon sa choices. 😛 decendant ka nga ni quezon? bongga ah! 😛

  4. August 6, 2009 1:46 am

    wow winkz, grabeh.. i admire you, your mom and all the people who went to pay respects to Tita Cory.. the long line, the heat, the rain…etc.. parang hindi niyo man lang yun naisip. saludo ako sa inyo. and i guess, masasabi niyo na it’s all worth it. sana nakapunta ako. 😦

    give the commendation to my mom. pinabilib ako ng mom ko. at 73 years old eh nakipagsabayan sa amin ng siksikan. plus walang upuan yun ng 5 hours ah!

  5. August 6, 2009 3:26 am

    ayun yun oh!!

    present tayo pareho
    dyan sa gabing yan..


    buti nakapila ka!! 😀

    kami sa widescreen lang sa labas.

    nakakaguilty naman di kami pumila.

    pero ang mahalaga nandun ang pressence namin.

    hahaha… oo nga, kaso di ka naman tumuloy sa cathedral. nagpictorial ka lang sa labas, hehehe! talo ka ng nanay ko, sinuong ang crowd! hehehe!

    • August 8, 2009 8:51 am


      si nanay mo ay isang alamat!!

      biruin mo pagkakaita ko pa nga lang sa pila nalula na ko!!!

      nako. buti di napagod si nanay?

      sana nga nagkita ktia mga bloggers na pumunta no?

      hay naku, jason! talo ka talaga ng nanay ko. di inurunga ang napakahabang pila! kung alam ko lang na pupunta kayo eh sana nagkita-kita tayo 😛

  6. August 6, 2009 3:29 am

    hays..naiingit ako dahil ang dami nyong bloggers na nakabisita sknya..
    ang ginawa ko na lang buti my online na pinalabas kung paano sya nilabas from manila cathedral hanggang sa dumaan ng buendia at ihatid sa huling hantungan nya sa manila memorial katabi si ninoy, parang piling ko kasali na rin ako sa nakikiramay sa pammilya aquino.,at buti nakisama ang internet connection ko..

    worth it talaga ang pag punta nyo ni mommy,nakakaiyak din ung pag iyak ni kris nakakadala talaga..

    minsan lang kasi ang mga ganitong pangyayari. it’s so worth it talaga. and it’s really nice to see history unfolding at my very eyes. now, im part of it 😛

    plus, that’s the least i could do for tita cory.

  7. August 6, 2009 9:07 am

    awwwww…. teary eyed ako dito sa opis while reading your entry. Kudos to your Mom for being determined at pati ikaw naencourgae nya. hehehe. 🙂

    sinabi mo pa. ung first 30 minutes namin eh gusto ko nang umurong dahil sobrang nabasa na kami ng ulan. pero si mommy, sobrang determined talaga. she was drenched all throughout that night. but she’s very glad that she went to pay her respect too.

  8. August 6, 2009 11:15 am

    What a journey you had. I commend you and your mom for making it there despite of the rain and flood? Anyway, all of us were deeply touched by the life of Cory Aquino. I just wish that the hope and freedom doesn’t die with her…

    thanks irish! yeah, i hope for that too. sana may magandang kahinatnan ung effort nila ni ninoy.

  9. August 6, 2009 11:55 am

    farewell tita cory..pray for us here

    napaka ganda ng kantang ‘yan… one of my favorites.

    thanks for sharing this to us

    you are most welcome, sandi. i sooooo love that song and it’s one of my favorites too.

  10. tito aga permalink
    August 6, 2009 1:51 pm

    wow! inggit naman ako sa inyo. kung anjan pa ako malamang sama ako sa inyo or baka sa Ate ko na nagpunta din dun by herself.

    mabuti na lang at desidido si nanay kung hindi baka nanghinayang ka pa.

    but anyway, we were glued to the television so, i guess, that should do. sabi nga nila, in the absence of the best the good is always better.

    pakisabi mo na din pala ke nanay na naiinggit ako sa kanya. 🙂

    wow, nakakabilib nga ang ate mo at nagpunta cya dun all be herself. di biro un ah!

    understandable naman na hanggang tv ka lang. kasi kung lumipad ka ng manila just for that, ibang level ang ikabibilib ko sayo, taba! hehehe!

    sinabi ko na ke mudra. nangiti cya! hehehe!

  11. tito aga permalink
    August 6, 2009 1:52 pm

    tayo ba yung magkasama sa edsa dos?

    oo yata. parang ikaw ung kasama ko sa edsa dos. lakad galore! kapagod un!

    naisip ko ngayon… dahil jan sa edsa dos, nakaupo ngayon si GMA sa palasyo. so kasama tayo sa may sala sa pagiging president nya! hehehe!

    • tito aga permalink
      August 6, 2009 2:09 pm

      but you know what? she may not have turned out the way we hoped she would. but at the time she was the only choice.

      constitutionally, she was the right one. but dont you remember anymore? people we’re asking/shouting for cory that time. ayan, hanggang ngayon tuloy naka-upo si GMA sa palasyo… kasalanan mo yun, taba! hahaha!

  12. August 6, 2009 4:30 pm

    waaah! five hours! bilib ako winks. pero ako rin nandun, sa tabi tabi. wehehe. 😛

    hmmm… why do i have that gut feel na andun ka nga?! 😛

    • monzavenue permalink
      August 9, 2009 2:17 am

      malamang si Deejay yung tingin ng tingin sayon dun Ms. Winkie. 🙂

      actually, duda ko sya ung naghingi ng biskwit sa kin eh! hehehe!

    • August 9, 2009 6:43 am

      gut feel mo lang yan. *toinks* 😛 wehehe!

      hi monzki! *turo sa baba* 😛

      hehehe… minsan tama ang gut feel ko eh! whehehe!

  13. August 6, 2009 10:09 pm

    wow astig naman ni mommy!
    hats off ako!! 🙂
    i wish i was there to witness that event 🙂

    oo nga, mon. ibang level talagang experience yun.

    nangiti si mommy nung sinabi ko na hats off ka sa kanya. 😛

  14. August 6, 2009 10:36 pm

    one of a kind experience.buti nalang talaga at nakinig ka sa mom mo… kasi hindi naman lahat nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na makapila.. yung gabi na yun.. ay history in the making.. at lahat ng tao na nagtiis sa mahabang pila at sa buhos ng ulan ay naging bahagi ng isang napakagandang kasaysayan.. hayss.. we will surely miss pres cory….

    thank you ma’am! <– ang ganda naman ng sinabi mu sa kanya..(ramdam ko yung pag thank you mo nung nakalapit kana sa casket nya…)

    kaya nga, buti na lang talaga i listened to her. ibang level ang determination ng mom ko to pay her last respects to tita cory.

    im sure, tita cory heard those words.

  15. August 7, 2009 2:34 am

    Paalam tita cory, ako sampu ng aking buong pamilya, bagamat maliliit lang kaming tao hindi ako naniniwalang hindi mo maririnig ito…


    she hears you now in heaven, alvin. 🙂

  16. August 7, 2009 2:38 am

    kakainggit yung experience nyo.
    hanggang tv lang ako eh.
    pero bilib ako sa mom mo.

    experience of a lifetime talaga cya, blu!

    hay naku, maski ako eh napabilib ng nanay ko noh?! di ko man lang nakita na napagod cya all throughout that 5-hour ordeal.

  17. snglguy permalink
    August 8, 2009 5:28 am

    At talaga namang sumugod kayo inspite of the inclement weather ha? Oh well, at least you now have a story to tell your children and grandchildren. Pwede mong ipagmalaki na “I was there” 😀

    mas lalo ang nanay ko. di talaga inurungan ang bagyo. and yes, i can proudly say “i was there. i was part of history.” kaso kung di ako magkaroon ng children, kanino ko nga pala sasabihin un? hehehe!

  18. August 8, 2009 1:37 pm

    wow! buti ka pa andoon…ako dito lang sa zamboanga, naka-glued sa tv…regards to your mom…

    pinilit talaga naming pumunta dun, fr. fiel. pero nung libing, sa tv na lang din kami nag-abang. napagod ako eh! hehehe!

    will send your regards to my mom po.

  19. August 8, 2009 3:51 pm

    ako, haven’t had the chance to even just watched her wake on television. ayun, marami kaseng ginagawa!

    gandang gabi po!

    ok lang un, ax! naiintindihan nya na busy ka.

  20. monzavenue permalink
    August 9, 2009 5:34 am

    Congratulations Ms. Winkie!! You are one of the Top 10 bloggers in my contest. You will receive a shirt. Let me know your size. Thanks. 🙂

    huwaw!!!! thankies mon! naku, medium ata ang shirt size ko. 😛

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