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Of Birthdays and Ex-Presidents…

Yep, it’s my birthday today. XD

I’m twenty-frickin’-five years old. Sheesh.

Actually, it’s not that bad. It only goes to show that I’m growing… though I don’t know if I’m growing wiser or something.

I find it a bit ironic, though. I’m celebrating the day I was born, while just a few days ago, one of my countries greatest presidents, Corazon “Cory” Aquino, died of cancer.

I was born in 1984… 2 years before Cory liberated our country from the Marcos’ regime, so yeah, I was born during the time of Martial Law. My mother said she was very afraid during the time she was pregnant with me (hence, my disturbing ability of being scared so easily XD). Her brother was a police officer at that time, and she was very afraid for his life and our families’ safety. She hardly went out during that time, because they were so many reported deaths and missing people. Even my brother, who was already 3 or 4 years old at that time, never really enjoyed his childhood because of fear.

But, as you can see, I was conceived and born safely, and after 2 years, my country was liberated by Cory’s (and my people’s) tireless efforts to overthrow Ferdinand Marcos from presidency.

If someone were to politically analyze Aquino’s reign as president, they might say that she wasn’t much of a political leader. There were many coups during her time, and I can even remember that there were so many power shortages, and the agrarian reform act wasn’t passed. But if you think about the long term effects of her presidency, then, a lot would say that she did a great job. My mom, especially, was thankful to her. She said that it wasn’t for her, the Philippines would have been a country of bloodshed. A lot of people would have been dead and missing, and the people would fall into poverty. She even said that if it weren’t for Cory, computers, the Internet, and other technological advancements would never had reached our shores.

So now, even if I’m celebrating my 25th birthday, I guess, in some way, I’m celebrating Cory Aquino’s life as well. Actually, as I was looking down at the spaghetti sauce I was cooking, I kept thinking about what our life might have been like if the Marcos’ tyranny had continued. It made me shiver a bit because… the way I see it, I probably wouldn’t reach this age if the Martial Law still continued. I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for Cory Aquino.

So to Cory Aquino, the Mother of Philippine Democracy, I raise this glass of Pepsi (sorry, no alcoholic drinks for a while XD) and toast to her life, while I eat this plate of Filipino-style spaghetti and Cheezy Pops Hawaiian-flavored pizza, knowing that she’s in heaven, and is finally at peace with her husband, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.

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Of Birthdays and Ex-Presidents…

Yep, it’s my birthday today. XD

I’m twenty-frickin’-five years old. Sheesh.

Actually, it’s not that bad. It only goes to show that I’m growing… though I don’t know if I’m growing wiser or something.

I find it a bit ironic, though. I’m celebrating the day I was born, while just a few days ago, one of my countries greatest presidents, Corazon “Cory” Aquino, died of cancer.

I was born in 1984… 2 years before Cory liberated our country from the Marcos’ regime, so yeah, I was born during the time of Martial Law. My mother said she was very afraid during the time she was pregnant with me (hence, my disturbing ability of being scared so easily XD). Her brother was a police officer at that time, and she was very afraid for his life and our families’ safety. She hardly went out during that time, because they were so many reported deaths and missing people. Even my brother, who was already 3 or 4 years old at that time, never really enjoyed his childhood because of fear.

But, as you can see, I was conceived and born safely, and after 2 years, my country was liberated by Cory’s (and my people’s) tireless efforts to overthrow Ferdinand Marcos from presidency.

If someone were to politically analyze Aquino’s reign as president, they might say that she wasn’t much of a political leader. There were many coups during her time, and I can even remember that there were so many power shortages, and the agrarian reform act wasn’t passed. But if you think about the long term effects of her presidency, then, a lot would say that she did a great job. My mom, especially, was thankful to her. She said that it wasn’t for her, the Philippines would have been a country of bloodshed. A lot of people would have been dead and missing, and the people would fall into poverty. She even said that if it weren’t for Cory, computers, the Internet, and other technological advancements would never had reached our shores.

So now, even if I’m celebrating my 25th birthday, I guess, in some way, I’m celebrating Cory Aquino’s life as well. Actually, as I was looking down at the spaghetti sauce I was cooking, I kept thinking about what our life might have been like if the Marcos’ tyranny had continued. It made me shiver a bit because… the way I see it, I probably wouldn’t reach this age if the Martial Law still continued. I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for Cory Aquino.

So to Cory Aquino, the Mother of Philippine Democracy, I raise this glass of Pepsi (sorry, no alcoholic drinks for a while XD) and toast to her life, while I eat this plate of Filipino-style spaghetti and Cheezy Pops Hawaiian-flavored pizza, knowing that she’s in heaven, and is finally at peace with her husband, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - at 11:46 am

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