today we remember the death of "ninoy". i was just a child when he died. back then, i did not really understand the implications of his death. but i can vividly remember some of the things that happen as a result of his death. naalala ko nagpunta kami sa luneta park, akala ko mamasyal lang kami. isinama kasi ako ng isa sa mga boarders namin, yun pala, rally iyon. palibhasa batang kaladkarin, sama naman ako. naalala ko rin na na-teargas ako, pano kasi, meron mga nagrarally malapit sa amin, sa ermita kasi kami nakatira noon, malapit sa luneta, malapit sa US embassy, umuwi akong luhaan, luhaan dahil sa teargas. syempre pa, napagalitan ako. now i understand more than ever what "ninoy" was fighting for. what his wife "cory" continued to fight for. ganun pala pag meron ka ng sariling pamilya, especially if you already have a child of your own. now you live only not for yourself, now you live most especially for your family. and as Filipinos, we should continue, as one family, to fight for our democracy. to fight for what is right.
while watching the news, the marker on ninoy's monument (at ayala avenue) and what is written on it was shown. part pala iyon ng supposed to be ay arrival speech nya. and here it goes:
"I return from exile and an uncertain future with only determination and faith to offer – faith in our people and faith in God."
indeed, "ninoy" as well as "cory" were blessings to the Filipinos. naisip ko lang, meron pa bang "ninoy" sa panahong ito? i couldn't even pick a presidentiable to vote for the next election. sigh....but i am not losing hope.
today is also the birthday of one of little missy's cousin..."ate nikki" as she fondly calls her.