Posted in inspiration, Philippine Politics, Philippines, Pres. Cory Aquino, tagged 1983, August 21, martial law years, Ninoy Aquino, Ninoy Aquno Day, Philippine history, Philippine Politics, Philippines, thoughts on August 21, 2014 |
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“The Filipino is worth dying for.”
Proclamation 1081 (Martial Law) was signed by then Pres. Marcos on September 21, 972. I was in high school. Ninoy Aquino was assassinated on August 21, 1983 (31 years ago today), I was a young mother then with an eleven-month old daughter. February 25, 1986 was the highlight of the return to democracy when Marcos and his family left Malacanang Palace for good after more than two decades of governing the land.
Watching the two-hour documentary today on the assassination of Ninoy and the presidency of Cory Aquino made me remember the dark days of Philippine history. I remember the bloody student demonstrations and rallies before martial law was declared. I remember the day when we could not even listen to news because radio and television channels were closed. The glorious days of a dictator just started, the ambitious dream of a man to rule by military power. He incarcerated his enemies including Ninoy Aquino, the man who could have been the greatest president of the Republic of the Philippines, the only powerful enemy that Marcos had. I watched the documentary with my son who kept asking questions what life was like during the martial law years and how the Filipino people were affected by Ninoy’s death. I wrote a blog about this before.
Prior to what we know now in history as the People Power Revolution, I was part of the crowd at Ayala Avenue throwing confetti and yellow flowers made of crepe paper every time there was a rally scheduled in Makati. Bank of PI (located at Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas) was at the center of those rallies and demonstration since the stage’s set-up was always facing our office building. Now, that area is occupied by a statue of Ninoy Aquino, a tribute to a hero.I remember collecting issues of the tabloid Malaya which was the only newspaper having regular reports of the assassination and how people reacted to it. I remember keeping a copy of a newspaper when the Marcos family left Malacanang to be exiled later in Hawaii. It was the day that ended a dictatorship.
Ah, those moments of happy celebration when all Ayala employees and their subsidiaries joined the merry dance at Ayala Avenue led by our big boss, Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala. You can just imagine people in corporate attires dancing to the tune of Tie a Yellow Ribbon and laughing out loud – the days when democracy was truly restored in our land.
He said, ” I believe that the Filipino will respond to the call to greatness not by coercion but by persuasion, not by intimidation but through the ways of freedom”. May his legacy lives on and may the youth of today appreciates and remember what he did for our country.
Ninoy Aquino, my own personal hero.
Photo courtesy of ayalatriangle.com
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I am not a political analyst, neither am I into politics but I appreciate President Obama’s visit here in our country. They say he is the most powerful man in the world on account of the USA being the most powerful country. I won’t delve into the nitty-gritty of the whys and the hows of his visit here because I am not qualified to do so. What I saw of the warm welcome, the warm smiles, the wonderful speeches that both leaders delivered yesterday are enough to gladden the hearts of the Filipino people who believe that peace could only be achieved not by arms and golds but through a sincere dialogue and communication.
It was the second straight two days that I allowed myself to stay in front of the television to watch the canonization of Saints John Paul II and Saint John XXIII in Rome the other day and the arrival of President Obama yesterday. I enjoyed watching both. I found some pictures posted by the Gazette of the Republic of the Phils. on Facebook which I follow.
I love this. He took his time shaking hands with the ordinary Malacanan employees, smiling and looks truly glad to step foot in the Philippines.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s inscription in the official guest book of Malacañan Palace: “I thank President Aquino and the people of the Philippines welcoming me. May America’s oldest alliance in Asia always be renewed by our friendship and mutual respect.”
The welcome ceremony at the Palace grounds.
It was short (not even a twenty-four hour visit) but I saw a glimpse of the man who is so polite and knows what he is talking about. Report says this is the eight visit of a President of the United States to the Philippines.
(photo credits: Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines)
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Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, journeys, Philippines, photography, road trips, silence speaks, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, guilty pleasures, nature, photography on March 24, 2014 |
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I know, I know, this comes a bit late again but I just have to post these two pictures that I took of one of the lovely places I went to with the whole family. The Farm at San Benito is located in Lipa, Batangas, a three-hour drive from our place in Rizal. One thing I do remember so well is the night swimming at their Secret Pool with the lush green all around. It was so relaxing and it makes me smile thinking about my reaction to the place when I first saw it, the “oohs and aahs” and the excited anticipation of exploring it.
…then you wish you could stay here forever just absorbing the silence.
…and maybe a copy of a favorite book in hand.
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I just can’t resist posting this lovely painting of Anita Magsaysay Ho, (Seated Women Sewing) a gifted and talented artist who is known for “her paintings that depict figurative abstracts of women at everyday tasks.” Four years ago, Bank of the Philippine Islands, where I used to work, started publishing pictures of paintings that they own via a lovely journal and my daughter who works there now gifted me with a copy. She has given me copies of these journal/diary/calendar that I collect since then. This year, it’s called A Legacy of Art (a treasury of paintings by Artists of National Prominence from the BPI Art Collection). I am almost afraid to write on its pristine pages because I like the paintings that they publish there. Here’s one more entitled Old Farmer With Hat by our National Artist Fernando Amorsolo done in 1929, oil on canvas.
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Hello everyone! Finally got my order of t-shirts from ABS CBN. Josef and I ordered three but there is no size yet for the third one. A shirt costs P250.00 and all proceeds will go to the survivors of typhoon Yolanda. Another way of sharing aside from donating goods and sending cash.
Loosely translated, it means “let’s help” or “let’s be one in helping”, extending our hands and making our kababayans cope and rebuild and bring back life to normalcy again. And with God’s grace and determination, we can do it.
Tulong na. Tabang na. Tayo na.
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