The whole nation was united once again as the remains of former president Corazon Aquino was transferred from the La Salle Greenhills Gymnasium to the Manila Cathedral. Reports claim of more 120,000 people lined up in to watch the convoy carrying Cory’s coffin. The former leader of the republic passed away early morning of August 1 after months of battling colon cancer.
It seemed like history just repeated itself as the vehicle carrying the remains of Cory drove from the La Salle Gym to the Manila Cathedral. Thousands, who were mostly wearing yellow, the favorite color of Mrs. Aquino, watched the passing of the funeral convoy to express their condolences to the family of the former leader. Yellow confetti fell from the buildings at Makati Avenue to pay their last respect to the woman who became the champion of democracy. People cheered the name of Cory and raised the ‘Laban’ hand sign made famous by the first woman president of the Philippines. The scenario was reminiscent of the time when Cory’s slain husband, Ninoy Aquino, was brought to his resting place almost 26 years ago. Their children, including Senator Noynoy Aquino and actress-TV host Kris Aquino thanked everyone who endured the heat of the afternoon sun and the dense crowd just to condole with their family.
The Aquino family is also very thankful to the Archdiocese of Manila for allowing Cory’s wake to continue at the Manila Cathedral. Only deceased archbishops are allowed to be brought inside the Manila Cathedral but because the former president was a staunch supporter of the Catholic Church, public viewing for Cory will continue inside the Manila Cathedral and masses will still be held until the burial on Wednesday, August 5.
Last night, Archibishop Gaudencio Rosales led a mass to bless the soul of the deceased leader. This afternoon the necrological services for Mrs. Aquino will be held and broadcast live on ABS-CBN at 4 p.m. Kapamilyas from other parts of the globe may also watch the necrological services available through live streaming on TFCnow. Also log on to www.ABS-CBN.com and www.abs-cbnnews .com for more updates.
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