I woke up at 5 a.m. yesterday and hurriedly got ready for a Saturday morning run with friends. As hubby and I were getting dressed, we got a text message that ex-President Corazon Aquino had passed away. I paused to watch the news on TV and with the confirmation of the news, a wave of sadness swept through me. I couldn’t believe the country’s most gentle and kind-hearted Tita had passed away. (I never met her, but call her “Tita” because it feels as if she was everyone’s second mother.)
Last March 2009, I was invited by Tita Cory’s nephew, Jamike Lopa (Try-Athlete) and his wife, Mayi (In a Nutshell), to join the steering committee of the iamNinoy Runners Group, which aims to encourage other runners to become modern day heroes, just like our martyred national hero and Tita Cory’s husband, Ninoy Aquino. By donating P500 to the iamNinoy runners group, a runner gets a yellow iamNinoy shirt to wear at race events and helps the iamNinoy beneficiary, 5775 movement, which aims to reverse the current education crisis in the country.
The next iamNinoy event will be the Kenny’s Urbanite Run on August 15, 2009, where we encourage all iamNinoy members to wear the yellow shirt to symbolize their commitment to help. With Tita Cory’s recent passing, the yellow shirt will take on even more meaning for all of us. Personally, it will be my way of paying my respects and celebrating the life of such a great woman. I’d like to tell the world that iamNinoy, but in some way, iamCory too.
Our deepest condolonces to the Cojuangco-Aquino family, especially Rapa, Jamike and Mayi. Rest in peace, Tita Cory.