Farewell, Tita Cory. May you rest in peace.
(Yellow ribbon banner courtesy of Barrio Siete)
I am greatly disappointed that I wasn’t able to go to Ayala Avenue earlier today to watch the convoy where the truck carrying the body of former President Corazon Aquino would make its way through the streets. I along with some of my officemates wanted to go badly but we were stuck in the office this morning. There was no official announcement from the office’s top management that we could go out and be a part of that historic event so my coworkers and I stayed put. The morning went by and the convoy came and went but none of us in the office caught a glimpse of it.
It’s a shame really. Our office building is just a few blocks away from Ayala Avenue but we couldn’t even go out to watch the convoy – not without the permission of top management. I’ve been really frustrated and kicking myself the whole afternoon for missing one of the important events in Philippine history. Had I known that my coworkers and I could slip from the office to watch the convoy passed by, I would have done it.
I would also like to express my disappointment and indignance for the lack of compassion and support that my office showed today. There was not a single yellow ribbon tied anywhere in the office as a tribute to Tita Cory’s passing or anything at all that would show sympathy or grief to the death of one of the most beloved person in the country. Tita Cory was and still is an icon of Philippine democracy. The least we could do is pay respects to her passing. The company I work for is not owned by a Filipino but the majority of people I work with are all Filipinos. The people concerned could have at least taken the initiative to do something about it. It seems like the spirit of the People Power Revolution is lost to them. How sad.
Lucky for those who have seen the convoy because they have paid their last respects to a great woman of courage. I meanwhile just contented myself with watching the event on TV when I got home from work. Hopefully I could watch the funeral on Wednesday.