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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Yellow is for Courage: A Salute to Cory


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(1st VOLLEY)


Yellow is for courage,


White is for sacrifice.


Red is for betrayal,


Blue is for tyranny.





(2nd VOLLEY)

What outshines a couple's glitter


but a widow's gilded face?


What outlasts a conjugal crime's colorants


but a corpse's vibrant glow?




(3rd VOLLEY)


Volleys of fire,


Half–mast flags,


ten–day mourning,


torrential confetti,


flower carpets,


liturgical candles,


rivers of mourners


–– none can a heroic mother fully honor


nor well capture a people's grief.





(4th VOLLEY)

Which was the greater ill ––


the nation's cancer


or a colon's runaway cells?


Which was the greater threat ––


a toy soldier's coup


or the doll's nebulous plot?





(5th VOLLEY)

Let one widow's dress be plain


and another's glitzy:


It is plain lightning's far more


electric


than a plain firecracker's


flash.





(6th VOLLEY)


Can mere condolences

substitute


for remorse,


or pay for


sins unconfessed?





(7th VOLLEY)

Presidents are never good


enough:


Gestures must be texts


for dissertations,



Speeches must be lather


for soap operas,



Milestones must be walls


for vitriolic graffiti.





(8th VOLLEY)

Death resurrects


a nation's shining moment


when walls without


stone or steel halted


the crank of tanks


and sacred beads stilled


the crack of  rifles.


Death reunites lovers


long


parted:


where in yellow ribbons


dresses


that old, hallowed Tree


and  where the street is yellow


and yellow is golden.



***


Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo








Magkaisa








Cory Speaks at the US Congress (Part 1)








Cory's Last SONA (Part 1)








Ninoy's Interview with Pat Robertson (1)







Ninoy's Interview with Pat Robertson (2)









Ninoy's Last phone call to Psinakis








"I Am Ninoy"






4 comments:

bagongadan said...

I can not but be sentimental over this matter. I lived to see her accomplishments as a political figure, champion of democracy, civic leader, mother and a concerned citizen of the republic. And for that alone, I think I am blessed.

Melvin Banggollay said...

CORY AQUINO, Mother of Philippine Democracy
melvin banggoollay

C-orazon C. Aquino, popularly known as Tita Cory
A symbol of truth and fearless love of country
that with her charm, she inspired the country
to fight for freedom, to restore our lost democracy.

O-n her desire to fight for justice for her Ninoy
She offered herself to be of service to every pinoy
with an antarnish honor, dignity and unselfish ploy
of serving with prudence, truth, justice full of joy..

R-ighteous was her ways with virtues of prayer
She had exemplified with undying faith forever
To the Living God she adored with faithful prayers
and untarnished service to the Filipinos as a mother.

Y-es, she is the mother of Philippine Democracy
That even upon her death, she inspired the country
to continue fighting for real justice and sovereignty
A legacy she nurtured with undying love of country.



A woman of great virtues so worthy for emulation
Blessed yet she remained simple in all occasion,
In all her ways while serving and healing this nation
from all the pains and evils of every administration.

Q-ueen of the Filipinos truly worth dying for
For she loved this nation will all faith and honor
and with unwavering love to serve with valor,
and justice upholding truth and equality for all,

U-nited this nation for a just and noble call
for the name of justice and fairness for all
that even this may cause her death or downfall
She never hesitated to stand for the Filipinos call.

I-ntegrity of this President is beyond compare
for it was sheltered with faith to serve so clear
as she always acted with prudence only to fulfill
her duties to the Filipinos even times may go uphill.

N-o one could ever be like thee in this nation's history
For you will forever be remembered by all humanity
As a mother of the Filipinos who died for democracy
As a leader with undying love for this nation's sovereignty.

O-n this day, we hail your name with all honor and glory
as we fervently pray for your eternal rest with Ninoy's company
along with the saints, angels and the Holy Mother Mary
As you will be blessed by God you have served so faitfully.

scott saboy said...

Carlo, Melvin, thanks for the comments. Cordillerans have a lot to thank Cory for, chief of which was the encouragement she gave us in our drive for regional autonomy.

Melvin Banggollay said...

Thanks and welcome bro and more power.