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the day after GMA’s SONA 2009

August 10, 2009 Leave a comment

what arroyo delivered was the State Of The Nation Address. this is supposed to basically have two main parts – where the country is in the past year and the second part where the country will be in the coming year.

we heard a lot of the first part, that is if you took pains to read the SONA on your own. i say that as we don’t really remember many of the things said for the first part. we remember the 4% of the words she said criticizing her presidentiable opponents, but we hardly remember the 96% of the words she actually devoted to boasting about her achievements.

i don’t remember hearing or reading anything on the second part. i don’t think arroyo mentioned what new programs or key strategies she will adapt for the next year.

i remember arroyo saying something that refers to the rest of her term but she said that in reference to something else and not in reference to her future plans for the country.

if we are going to judge SONA 2009 on that basis, her SONA failed miserably.

more importantly, from the perspective of what will happen in the coming year, she did not say what the filipino people was waiting for her to say – her plans after 2010. she did not say anything about it or at best she was unclear. either way, she gave us no clue as to what she will do after 2010.

the other very important part of a SONA and this every leader ought to know is that it should at least inspire if not excite the people about the future of the country.

a SONA is about the past but more importantly about the future. everyone looks for hope in these types of speeches. specially for our country which has been having tough times and more importantly for arroyo whose leadership is most unpopular among the people.

after the SONA, how are aw as country? are we inspired? do we see a brighter future? do we see hope?

tita cory aquino at ayala avenue : photo tribute #1

August 8, 2009 Leave a comment

willie revillame with ego too big for tv desecrates the memory of tita cory on live tv

August 8, 2009 3 comments

cory aquino’s 4 honor guards give us pride and honor to the country – photos & news

August 6, 2009 13 comments

we think the four honor guards of cory aquino during the burial were magnificent men of honor and duty. they stood there for more than 8 hours, snappy and straight without rest through heavy  rain, dryness, bumps on the road and inclines.

we think these gentlemen of the military deserve the highest honor and commendation.

we will publish here more photos of these four gentlemen as our tribute to their professionalism and dedication. they make us proud.

Sen. Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano said the Senate should commend the honor guards who stood by the late Mrs. Aquino’s casket while the country witnessed the final journey of the democratic icon from the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City despite the inclement weather.

The honor guards who are being considered for commendation are PO1 Danilo Maalab (representing the Philippine National Police), Private First Class Antonio Cadiente (Army), Airman Second Class Gener Laguindan (Air Force) and Petty Officer III Edgardo Rodriguez (Navy).

cory aquino's honor guards

Cop endures 8-hour Aquino funeral cortege

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 14:33:00 08/06/2009

MANILA, Philippines—For Police Officer 1 Danilo Malab Jr., standing on top of a moving truck for more than eight hours amid heavy rains as a guard at the cortege of former president Corazon Aquino was one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life.

He did not feel thirst nor did he feel the need to relieve himself despite long hours of standing snappily on top of the flat-bed truck.

“Hindi ko na inisip yung hirap kasi isang malaking karangalan ang mapaglingkuran ang dating pangulong Aquino (I did not think about the difficulties because it’s a great honor to serve former president Aquino),” Malab said in an interview Thursday.

Malab was one of the four honor guards that stood guarding the casket of Aquino as she was brought from the Manila Cathedral in Manila to the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City on Wednesday.

During the length of his interview, Malab was still standing snappily, holding his cap close to his chest.

The timid, 25-year old rookie policeman said the only thing he thought of as the cortege slowly made its way amid a sea of crowds was God.

“Dasal lang ako ng dasal para mabigyan ako ng mahabang stamina na maihatid si Ma’am Cory sa Manila Memorial (I just kept praying that I would be given the stamina to be able to bring Ma’am Cory to Manila Memorial),” Malab said.

He revealed that he only learned that he was to serve as honor guard for Aquino’s funeral procession early Wednesday morning.

cory aquino's honor guards

Malab, who entered the police force on June 2008, said that the policeman initially chosen to serve as honor guard backed out because of poor health.

His simple breakfast of eggs and dried beef was what gave him the energy to endure the long funeral procession.

But Malab admitted that the first thing he did after the funeral procession was to go to the bathroom.

“Dumiretso ako sa CR pagkatapos (I went straight to the CR after),” he said.

Malab, a member of the Escort and Honor Guard Battalion, said he was greeted by cheers from his co-policemen.

Some even offered to treat him to a drink but he declined, saying he was not fond of drinking alcohol.

Philippine National Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Leonardo Espina said Malab would be given commendation for his duty as Aquino’s honor guard.

“He is a symbol of discipline when he endured the eight-hour funeral procession,” Espina added.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20090806-219015/Cop-endures-8-hour-Aquino-funeral-cortege

breaking news has it that this cop was promoted to the next higher rank in recognition of his professionalism and dedication to his duty.

cory aquino's honor guards

this was how they stood at the start, this one at top of quirino avenue just after the turn at roxas boulevard

 

cory aquinos honor guard

in front of magallanes around 4 pm, they still stood the same way they did at the start of the procession

august 5, 2009 cory aquino burial photos – glory, honor and admiration

August 5, 2009 Leave a comment

people photo gallery 4: cory aquino gets a yellow confetti rain for the last time at ayala avenue (view your pictures here)

August 4, 2009 Leave a comment

remains of cory aquino now at la salle greenhills

August 1, 2009 Leave a comment

1 Million Prayers For Tita Cory
we are collecting all your prayers, aiming to gather 1 MILLION PRAYERS FOR TITA CORY. cory has touched our lives, she has changed our lives and that of the country forever.

if you live outside metro manila or you are abroad or you just want to send your prayers, condolences and message to the aquino family, do this by sending a text message to this number:

+63 (908) 3344-771
(0918 3344-771)

we will be collecting all your messages and prayers and send a copy to the Aquino family.

read more here: http://1millionprayers.wordpress.com/

hearse carrying cory aquino's remains enter la salle greenhills

hearse carrying cory aquino's remains enter la salle greenhills

on tita cory’s death: how to send your prayers and condolences to the Aquino family – send via SMS text

August 1, 2009 2 comments

if you are not in metro manila or you are abroad or simply you want to send your message of condolences and prayers on cory aquino’s death, you can do this : 

send your SMS text of condolences & prayers to:
+63 (908) 3344-771 (0908 3344-771)

this is the cell phone number for the “1 Million Prayers For Tita Cory”  who is collecting 1 million prayers for tita cory.

we are a small of group of 4 individuals, ordinary filipinos,  who put together our skills, time and knowledge to set this up behind a shared concern  for tita cory

there is no commercial gain in this for anyone. regular SMS texting charges will be applied to the SMS text that you will send. this is just like the texts you send to family and friends.

your cell phone number and any other personal information will be kept private  and will not be shared with any  person or group.

to send text, type the following:

Dear Cory ___ (type message)_____  your name

Sample Text: Dear Cory I pray for the eternal repose of your soul with the Lord. Juan de la Cruz

limit the length of your message to 160 characters only which includes spaces.   send your SMS text to:  0908 3344-771; +63 (908) 3344-771.

visit 1 Million Prayers For Tita Cory blog: http://1millionprayers.wordpress.com/

Farewell Tita Cory. Your Legacy Will Live On!

August 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Corazon Cojuangco Aquino more popularly known as Tita Cory passed away at 3:18am. Here in Baliwag, Bulacan where I live rain began to pour so hard at around 2am and then it suddenly stopped at around that time. I did not know that Cory died until my son informed me of a text message which I received that indeed Cory had died.

For me there is nothing to be sad about. There is nothing that we should be so sorry about. Cory lived a life with purpose and she had lived it well. I did not even get the chance to tie a yellow ribbon although I wanted to. Personally I believe that it is beyond trying a yellow ribbon for Cory wanted to make our hearts yellow. Yellow in the sense that she wanted us to unite for our country and to create a better Philippines. She wanted the Filipinos to realize who they are and to make a difference.

Cory’s passing should not end her legacy for it had just began. It might be sending a message that now it is our turn to serve our country and to finally break the bondage that the Marcos regime had engulped every Filipino people and that was broken for a short time during the People Power Revolution. Through the course of many years that bondage had returned and hopefully each of us will break it again.

Here is a Tribute I have written at Pagod Ka Na Bang Maging si Juan? for Tita Cory that am sure her legacy will be continued. Farewell Tita Cory!

President Cory Aquino 1933-2009: in pictures – the smiling Cory

August 1, 2009 Leave a comment

 

Cory Aquino RIP 1933-2009

August 1, 2009 Leave a comment

cory aquino 1933-2009

At about 5 a.m. outside the hospital, Noynoy read a statement announcing the death of his mother.

The statement read:

“Our mother peacefully passed away at 3:18 a.m., August 1, 2009, of cardio-respiratory arrest.

“She would have wanted to thank each and every one of you for all the prayers and your continued love and support.

It was her wish for all of us to pray for one another and for our country. “Hinihiling po ng aming pamilya ang kaunting panahon para makasama namin ang aming mahal na ina.

“Later today, we will be announcing further details of her wake para sa lahat ng ating mga minamahal na kababayan na nais magbigay ng respeto sa aming ina.

Maraming salamat po.”

tie a yellow ribbon for tita cory

July 31, 2009 Leave a comment

yellow ribbons are now everywhere – in all types of walls, posts and fences around the city. it’s a testament to the outpouring support for cory. it’s telling everyone else that cory is in our prayers and by the millions.

wawam coryas in real life, this is also true in the internet. putting the yellow ribbon has taken many forms to honor cory.

this is our contribution – we have added a yellow ribbon to our picture that we use in the internet. the yellow ribbon on the picture also mimics the letter “C” to remind us all for whom the yellow ribbon is.

that is the image that will appear in all our postings on the internet.

there are other versions. this one is from another blogger.

In my own way of recognizing the importance of Cory Aquino’s contribution in restoring democracy and, for short period, unity in this country, I am encouraging all bloggers to include a 125×125 yellow ribbon avatar on their sites. You can get the codes to the 125×125 picture on the sidebar of this blog: PolitEkon

in twitter, there is the twibbon, sample on the left. “Show support for “Yellow Ribbon for Pres. Cory” and add a twibbon to your twitter profile image”

to get the yellow ribbon, go to this site: http://twibbon.com/join/Yellow-Ribbon-for-Pres-Cory

at facebook users are being asked to change the picture in their profile to the yellow ribbon.

get your own yellow ribbon at the internet.

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