greatness. You were born from wealth and plenty but you lived in simplicity and carried our painful misery.

Tita Cory, thank you for teaching us how to pray. Amid clashing voices and confusing noise your prayer was a silent power. Thank you for teaching us that true people power is prayer power. Even for the past weeks, as you suffered alone in you hospital room, you taught us how to pray again. How you bore your afflictions with grace-filled resignation taught us the dignity of suffering. Thank you for teaching us the dignity of suffering. Thank you for teaching us to stand up for freedom and to preserve democracy no matter what the cost may be Thank you for changing the meaning of yellow for us, the color of your love for your country and her people.

Tita Cory, thank you for showing us the true meaning of love for family through your love for your children and their love for you. Even now in their moment of ineffable grief they share you with us, sacrificing moments of personal mourning, and sharing with us their loving memories of you.

Tita Cory, thank you for fighting for us. You never fought any battle for yourself. You did not even fight cancer for yourself. You had surrendered everything to God long time ago. But you fought cancer valiantly, not for you, but for us, because we told you we needed you and we were afraid to face life without you. In our heart of hearts we whispered to God to take away your pains and give them all to us. Tita Cory, we were willing to suffer instead of you. That is how much we love you!

Tita Cory, thank you for teaching us how to die. You had died many years ago when you gave up the privacy of your life for the sake of your senator husband. You had died many years ago when you listened to the clamor of your countrymen and challenged the dictator in the snap elections. When we were helpless, you helped us. When we felt hopeless, you ignited our hope. You died again in 1986 when you reluctantly assumed the Presidency, sacrificing your cherished privacy, in order to become our icon of hope for a cynical and bleeding nation. And when you gladly turned over the presidency to your lawful successor, with childlike joy you returned to the cherished life of private citizen Cory. But not for long, because you had to die again and again since then, when each time we had a problem we ran to you, disturbed your retirement, sought your leadership and drank from the fountain of your wise inspiration. We thank God that in our lifetime, we met a great Filipina like you.

Rest now! Rest in peace Tita Cory!

Thank you Tita Cory, thank you very much. Thank you for fighting for us. Thank you for teaching us how to live and die for others.

We promise to love this country as you loved us. There is darkness in our land because you are gone. But we know we have enough lights within us because you have shared with us your fire!

We are not ready to live without you. It will take a long while to start again without you but move on to heaven. Dear Tita Cory move on. The battle is over; the victory is won. You are now truly free! You are now fully happy! Move on to heaven and be with your beloved Ninoy, forever! Heaven is where the two of you will die no longer. Harvest the rich fruits of your toil on earth!

When in heaven, I know you will see again my beloved Cardinal Sin. Please bring to him my love and with him pray to God for our cherished country, the Philippines.

Rest now Tita Cory, rest in God...

Salamat po. Paalam po!



Final Commendation delivered by Bishop Socrates B Villegas at the funeral rites for Former President Corazon C Aquino last August 5, 2009.

Tita Cory, I know you can hear me. You have to go now. God has called you back home. We who are still here on earth are not ready to say goodbye. We will never meet a woman as great as you for a very long time. We will miss you. We accept it: You are not ours. You are God’s. It is the truth but it hurts us deeply.

Tita Cory, thank you for being our light when we were afraid. Thank you for showing us that to be a Filipino is a great blessing from God. Thank you for showing us our

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