My Fondest Memory of Cory…

My fondest memory of Cory Aquino was this one…..In September 1986, former Philippine President Corazon Aquino delivered a speech before a joint session of the United States Congress which was interrupted by applause several times, and which then U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill hailed as “the finest speech I’ve ever heard in my 34 years in Congress.” Above the din of cheering officials, Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole then said to Mrs. Aquino, “Cory, you hit a home run.” Without missing a beat, Aquino smiled and shot back: “I hope the bases were loaded”…..

We will surely miss her…..our guiding light….our hope for freedom and democracy….

President Cory Aquino’s historic speech before the U.S. Congress


Elusive freedom…

It’s been two weeks now that we’ve had our classes…slowly the kids are adjusting on the pressures of school…and us teachers too^^….On Friday is our Independence Day…Until now I guess we still do not know how to respect other people’s rights….how to really protect our people from losing their dignity….to be responsible to the gift of freedom given to us….Look at what is happening to us… our poor women(victims of sex scandals) who lose their dignity for our own gratification….for our own interests and ambitions….To our poor kababayans who we treat as guinea pigs….better serve them well and stop doing “papogi points” just to show how much we care about them… order to win in the next election…..We’ve had enough of dirty politics….and manipulative shows….Do we really care of what is happening to our people?….Why do true freedom and justice remain elusive to us all these years?…..Are we going to wait for the time when our own children will be the ones to suffer from these crimes and immoralities that we commit?…..I’m hoping that we should stop fooling our own kababayans so that they could enjoy the rights and priveleges our own heroes have fought for them….

The Process of Healing

Five days ago, I wrote about the “cure” to the social cancer that has been crippling our country through endless and unrestrained selfishness and corruption in the government.

Twenty two years ago, we’ve had a healing process that took place during a People Power Revolution.

On the 25th of February, we will be celebrating People Power Revolution (Freedom Day) which has been considered as one of the most peaceful means of making changes and reforms in our government.

Resorting to peaceful means, made me believed that we had received lots of graces for our beloved country.

To heal the wounds of our people, after a peaceful revolution from a corrupt system of government was not an easy task.

Our new leaders saw it coming that whoever will lead the country after going through a corrupt government will have the hardest time of his life. Even if the leader is good enough , what about the people around him?

Some had become impatient and had lost their confidence to the new leaders of the country because of what the old leaders had done. They have not understood that in receiving graces, we need to carry our own cross and humble ourselves in order to see that changes have been slowly building up for our country’s sake.

With that kind of a loser attitude and a scenario of not being able to solve problems on poverty and corruption, as rich becomes richer, the poor becomes poorer, our country’s wounds got bigger and bigger. The country is continuously building billion-dollar loans from multinational companies all over the world. Most of our countrymen are leaving the country for greener pastures. We’ve suffered from brain drain and from some “irregularities” in order for a Filipino worker to send his loved ones to school and give them their basic needs. Until now, we cannot say that our economy is going strong because of these problems we are experiencing.

Now I am beginning to realize that maybe freedom, democracy, and prosperity would take hundreds of years to take effect in a certain country and for its people to enjoy the benefits of it. Although I do believe too, that we as a people are going through a “slowly but surely” kind of a healing process for our ever wounded and beloved country.

The Cure

My friends, my country is now suffering from a social cancer that is becoming too hard to heal.

A certain man who I believe has the cure for that cancer is now being crucified by some of our most influential officials in the government.

I feel sorry for the one they crucified and for those who had condemned him.

The crucified man decided to tell the truth because he is truly a son of God. Yes, he has a good conscience that no one in this world could ever change.

Those who condemn him were caught in the act. They are protecting corrupt officials in the government, so what they share to the public are lies and the dictates of those they are trying to protect.

Poor Filipinos, poor us….

I hope the one who is against the mob will not lose hope and continue to fight the mob.

In one of the crucified man’s interviews, he cried after telling this simple story.

“I once asked a poor man who has a guava tree on his backyard to harvest all of his ripe guavas to be sold and have more profit for his family. The poor man answered, No sir, there’s no need to harvest all of them. What about the little birds in my backyard? They need to be fed too.”

I understand why the crucified man cried. Now he is facing men who make multiple profits for themselves. He learned his lessons from the man who did not only think of himself but also of the little birds in his backyard.

My friends, let us support people who tell the truth so that our country will be healed and the next generation will truly be proud of us.