If there is one famous personality who died and I shed tears for, it would be the late President Cory Aquino. She was the president when I turned one. Our generation owe it to her the democracy we are relishing in this time and age.
I was on my way home Saturday morning to Cavite when I suddenly felt tears welled up my eyes. It was a gloomy, rainy morning. It seemed to me like as if the whole country is mourning the death of a dear friend. I believe she truly stepped up to her image of a national icon of democracy. Imagine if she did not respond to the call of our people to lead the Philippines out from dictatorship, we could have never known what freedom taste like.
But more than anything else, I think her best contribution to our history is not just the mere restoration of democracy, but her moral leadership. Up to her last days, her reputation was not tainted by corruption and dishonesty. It was in her regime when she showed that integrity can happen… that goood, moral governance is possible… that power does not always corrupt when you hold on to your faith in the Lord.
I cry for her death because we lost a living example of what a true Filipina is. You might be surprised to know that most of my financially independent friends dream of being homemakers instead of running after a glamorous career. I believe deep inside every Filipina, we would want to spend as much time as we could to nurture our families. In this modern age, some might see it as a lowly devotion. But Cory showed us that a plain housewife can affect a nation’s history beyond imagination. That’s where she made all the difference.
Corazon Aquino is truly a gift to us, as highlighted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer. She just makes it all the more special that we are a Catholic/Christian nation. Her devotion to God has proven that prayers are indeed, powerful in catalyzing social change.
Maybe her death is a good thing as it has ended all her painful sufferings. Still it is a sad reality to know that despite her efforts to achieve the real meaning of democracy, our country has often abused the term. What kind of a democratic country do we have now? How have we used our freedom to uplift the nation and not pull it down even more? If Cory fought for moral and truthful leadership, the question is, where are we now? Have our government and our society lived up to the virtue of honesty?
In the coming elections, I think we owe it to Tita Cory to participate and let our choices be heard, especially the youth. Her death is a timely reminder that we are to vote for the one who does not attract and point attention to himself and take credit for everything. Do not be dissuade by all these “padyak“ gimmicks, or whatever annoying ad is playing on TV. These are insults to the intelligent voter, and to the Filipino people.
So now we are called to move. Let us claim the promises of a free nation dependent on God, and living out the virtues of integrity and real commitment to service. RIP President Cory Aquino.