Tie A Yellow Ribbon For The Last Time
Today, that enduring symbol for Filipino democracy has gone on to the heavens.
Former Philippine president Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino succumbed to colon cancer early this morning, leaving behind a country in grief. Current president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has just declared 10 days of national mourning. Time, CNN, BBC, Washington Post and other prestigious international news wires found it worth their while to honor her with articles.
This is one time time that I feel truly proud to be a Scholastican. St. Scholastica's College Manila was Tita Cory's alma mater and we had been staunch supporters from the very beginning. We were encouraged by the nuns to speak out against oppression and even joined a couple of marches to help topple down a dictatorship.
More than the People Power Revolution, here are 2 speeches that stand as testament to truly great leadership. Having come out of the shadows as a grieving widow asking for justice for the assasination of her husband and transformed herself into a bastion for hope should inspire countless generations to come.
1) Restoring Democracy by the Ways of Democracy - Speech Before The U.S. Congress September 18, 1986
2) Last SONA (State Of The Nation Address) July 22, 1991
Personally, I have had a yellow ribbon tied to my car's antenna for close to two weeks now and vow to keep it there till Tita Cory is laid to rest. To learn more about this great woman, check out her official website.