Over in Barrio Siete, I talk about how a People Power funeral is shaping up for the late Former President Cory Aquino who will be buried beside her husband Ninoy later today at the Manila Memorial Park. The Aquino family has eschewed state honors so her remains can spend some time in church (Manila Cathedral), being known as deeply religious in her lifetime. Judging from the throngs of people who paid their respects and lined up in the streets the past few days, there’s no preventing Tita Cory’s admirers and supporters from flocking to the cemetery to attend her burial, despite the threat of wind and rain.
These pictures are kinda late, but this is what I took of the crowd and the Aquino funeral cortege which passed by in front of our office building in Roxas Boulevard the other day. The crowds may not have been as thick as the one on Ayala Avenue, but it was overwhelming just the same. I can’t describe the feeling, but we certainly didn’t mind waiting for a long time just for a glimpse of her casket and
her outspoken celebrity daughter Kris.
The truck that bore her remains (photo courtesy of Letters to Mindanao)
Anyway, am just thankful our house is near where she will be buried today, in Paranaque City. Don’t know how near is near though, with hundreds if not thousands of people expected.
Here’s the rest of the day’s schedule and funeral route:
9 a.m. – Mass at the Manila Cathedral
11 a.m. – military honors
11:30 a.m. – leave Manila Cathedral
– left to Roxas Boulevard
– left to Quirino Avenue
– right to South Luzon Expressway
– take SLEX Sucat Exit
– turn right to Dr. A. Santos Avenue (Sucat Road)
– turn left to Manila Memorial Park