I was only 5 years old when María Corazón “Cory” Sumulong Cojuangco Aquino was installed as the first female Philippine president because of the peaceful 1986 People Power Revolution. I definitely had no idea about the series of events which started from the autocratic rule of the greedy president Ferdinand Marcos. I didn’t even have a chance to understand Philippine history because my teachers did not emphasize its significance or perhaps I wasn’t interested at all. I never understood how special she was until I watched news about Cory’s illness up to her interment, listened to and read people’s testimonials, messages, and prayers, and saw the people ’s love, concern, grief, admiration, attention and participation at her journey to her body’s final resting place.
Aside from the fact that Cory, the mother of democracy has inspired and reminded me about selfless love, honesty and integrity, I feel like I want to not my observations during the live coverage of “Salamat Cory” by the ABS-CBN news and current affairs staff:
1) If there’s one political or social event I’d attend, that would be yesterday’s upshot. I felt sympathy, great loss, and much hopefulness that her spirit and advocacy would remain forever in our heart and mind.
2) Kris made it clear that political victory requires financial resources. But I still hope that deserving political aspirants would win in the 2011 election. People should really vote wisely.
3) It would have been better if Imelda Marcos went with Imee and Bongbong to attended the necrology rite for Cory. I just think Imelda does not want to make peace the Aquino family but to keep her pride
4) The presence of millions of people during the last three days of Cory’s public appearance implies people’s assertion of her life’s worth and willingness to revolt when one abuses power and until we find a leader as great as Cory.
5) It was my first time to appreciate the voice and talent of Eric Santos. He was the perfect choice to sing the Our Father. He delivered and interpreted it well with good enunciation and appropriateness.
6) All the singers (Lea Salonga, Dulce, ABS-CBN assets, as well as Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid of GMA7) made an outstanding performance except Piolo Pascual whose voice didn’t impress but bored me to death. Without looking at those performers, I could identify who’s who but not Piolo. He doesn’t have the X-factor but a handsome face I wouldn’t want to see when I’m melancholic because I’d feel more distressed.
7) Jim Paredes’ composition struck me the most because its message addresses the whole world that miracles do happen and change or improvement can achieved through peaceful revolution or nonviolent ways.
Below are the song lyrics of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution:
Handog Ng Pilipino Sa Mundo
Words and Music by Jim Paredes
Performer: Various artists
‘Di na ‘ko papayag mawala ka muli.
‘Di na ‘ko papayag na muli mabawi,
Ating kalayaan kay tagal natin mithi.
‘Di na papayagang mabawi muli.
Magkakapit-bisig libo-libong tao.
Kay sarap palang maging Pilipino.
Sama-sama iisa ang adhikain.
Kelan man ‘di na paalipin.
Handog ng Pilipino sa mundo,
Mapayapang paraang pagbabago.
Katotohanan, kalayaan, katarungan
Ay kayang makamit na walang dahas.
Basta’t magkaisa tayong lahat.
Masdan ang nagaganap sa aming bayan.
Nagkasama ng mahirap at mayaman.
Kapit-bisig madre, pari, at sundalo.
Naging Langit itong bahagi ng mundo.
Huwag muling payagang umiral ang dilim.
Tinig ng bawat tao’y bigyan ng pansin.
Magkakapatid lahat sa Panginoon.
Ito’y lagi nating tatandaan.
Words and Music by Tito Sotto & Homer Flores
Performer: Virna Lisa
Noon, ganap ang hirap sa mundo
Unawa ang kailangan ng tao
Ang pagmamahal sa kapwa ilaan
Isa lang ang ugat na ating pinagmulan
Tayong lahat ay magkakalahi
Sa unos at agos ay huwag padadala
Panahon na ng pagkakaisa
Kahit ito ay hirap at dusa
Magkaisa (may pag-asa kang matatanaw)
At magsama (bagong umaga’t bagong araw)
Kapit-kamay (sa atin s’ya’y nagmamahal)
Sa bagong pag-asa
Ngayon, may pag-asang natatanaw
May bagong araw, bagong umaga
Pagmamahal ng Diyos isipin mo tuwina
(Repeat Chorus 1 & 2)
(Magkaisa) May pag-asa kang matatanaw
(At magsama) Bagong umaga’t bagong araw
(Kapit-kamay) Sa atin s’ya’y nagmamahal
(Sa bagong pag-asa)
Panahon na (may pag-asa kang matatanaw)
Ng pagkakaisa (may bagong araw, bagong umaga)
Kahit ito (pagmamahal ng Diyos isipin mo tuwina)
Ay hirap at dusa
Magkaisa at magsama
Kapit-kamay sa bagong pag-asa