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Running Account: Filipinos bid final goodbye to Cory Aquino

8:51 The body of Corazon Aquino, the first woman president of the Philippines and regarded by the world as “Icon of Democracy”, is finally laid to rest. Farewell, our beloved Tita Cory.

8:46 Cemetery workers put finishing touches in the sealed tomb of Cory Aquino as the bereaved family and friends look on. Religious hymns fill the air.

8:30 Timor Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta breaks diplomatic  protocol and joins the entire Filipino nation in sending former president Corazon Aquino to her final rest. The Aquino family politely declined the Philippine government offer for a state funeral.

8:28 One by one, members of the family, friends offer flowers as “Bayan Ko” is sung.

8:23 As the casket is being placed inside the crypt, the solemn mood is broken when the emotional crowd burst into applause.  Chants of “Cory, Cory, Cory” fill the air.

8:13 Bishop Socrates Villegas performs the last religious rites before the coffin of Cory Aquino is put and sealed in a crypt beside the tomb of her assasinated husband, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

7:50 After about nine hours, the funeral march finally ended. At the air.e Manila Memorial Park — where the body of former president Corazon Aquino will be laid to rest —  members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines rendered arrival honors and gave a 21-gun salute to the late commander in chief.

1:31 Even a heavy downpour can never make the people patiently waiting along the streets to leave.

1:00 The funeral procession continues and is now currently traversing the Quirino Highway. People in their thousands line up the streets, many clad in yellow shirt and carrying farewell placards, to bid farewell and express their gratitude to former president Corazon Aquino.

11:55 The funeral march continues where a big truck covered with yellow and white flowers carries the body of former Cory Aquino. The remains of the world-renowned democracy icon will be brought to the Manila Memorial Park where she will be laid to rest. Thousands, mostly clad in yellow shirts, line up the streets waiting for the cortege to pass through to have a final glimpse of the former leader. Yellow confettis continue to shower from the sky.

11:24 At the cathedral, pop singers Martin Nievera and Pop Fernandez belt out The Prayer.

11:19 Philippine security forces render military honors to their former commander-in-chief just outside the cathedral. Yellow confettis rain from above.

11:14 Honor guards now carry the casket of former president Corazon Aquino as her body leaves Manila Cathedral in the historic Walled City of Manila. Mourners at the cathedral erupt into applause as her coffin draped with the Philippine flag.

11:10 State dignitaries present at the requiem mass are former president Fidel Valdez Ramos, former president Joseph Estrada, former vice president Teofisto Guingona, Vice President Noli de Castro. Members of the diplomatic corps who hear the mass include US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney.

11:00 World-renowned singer and theater actress Lea Salonga sings “Bayan ko,” a patriotic song solemnly sang by millions of Filipinos when they turned up in the streets in 1986 to end the 20-year martial rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and put to power the reluctant housewife of Ninoy Aquino. Earlier, Star in a Million winner Erik Santos sang the Lord’s Prayer. Veteran singer Dulce and matinee idol Piolo Pascual rendered religous hymns during the farewell mass for Cory Aquino.

10:48 Shortly before the requiem mass ends, Kris Aquino, the celebrity daughter of Cory, expresses her gratitude on behalf of the whole family to the entire Filipino nation for joining them during their most difficult time. In tears, she remembers her mother trying to conceal the pain as she bravely fought colon cancer.

“Mom never allowed us to her vulnerable. Because she knew it was from her that we got our strenght.”

10:28 am Family, friends, state officials and members of the diplomatic corps gather at the Manila Cathedral in the Walled City of Manila to hear the requiem mass for former president Corazon Aquino.

This as hundreds of thousands men, women and children brave the rain, lining along the streets and patiently waiting for the funeral march in a bid to have a final glimpse of the woman regarded by the world as Icon of Democracy.

Across the country, millions are tuned in to their television sets and radios and surfing the internet as the media give a blow by blow account of the final rites for Aquino, who died last Saturday after a year and four month battle against colon cancer.


5 August 2009 at 8:13 pm 1 comment

‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson passes away

THE “King of Pop” Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, California Thursday, a news that sent shockwaves across the world.

Jackson, 50, suffered from cardiac arrest while at his rented home in Holmby Hills in Los Angeles at around 12:00 p.m. local time (1900 GMT). Paramedics rushed him to the hospital but they failed to revive the pop music superstar.

Fans and fellow entertainers across the world mourned his demise.

Pop diva Madonna said: “I can’t stop crying over the sad news.”

Musician Quincy Jones told NBC he was “absolutely devastated at this news.”

Jackson’s death came as the pop icon was preparing for a concert comeback in London billed as the “Final Curtain.”

26 June 2009 at 9:50 am Leave a comment

Tributes pour in for FrancisM

Hours after the news broke on March 6 Filipino rapper Francis Magalona died after battling leukemia, accolades poured in on YouTube.

baculawKalabaw:  i dunno what to say,… i’m so sad about this news, para akong nawalan ng kaibigan at kapatid…..

TheHolyBridge: i admire this guy so much, being so proud as a filipino, a master rapper and i’m sure a very dear friend… so long buddy…we will miss you alot…

masamukemo: to mr magalona… i will miss you… god damn why such talent needs to be lost… there are others who can’t do half of what you can do… i cried when he passed away, because i grew up listening to his music. god bless and may you rest in peace.

isabello2k7: rest in peace Master Kiko….thanks for the memories…

Prosopagnosia11: we will respect and live your legacy. we will represent the PINOY PRIDE.

BreNerB: What a big loss for the 3 Stars and a Sun, and this evening the Moon shines bright to the coldest night.
March 6, 2009
RIP Francis M
What a Legend

maaayyyeeettt: u`L aLwAyz bE iN oUr hArts… FRANCIS M.

itikabc: rap in peace.

7 March 2009 at 12:39 am 10 comments

Filipino rapper Francis Magalona passes away

Filipino rapper Francis Magalona died at 12 noon on March 6 from complications associated with leukemia. He was 44. 

Magalona, also known as FrancisM, succumbed to multiple organ failure a day after he was rushed to the Medical City in Pasig City. 

The acclaimed musician was diagnosed with leukemia in August last year and had gone through several chemotherapy sessions. He was set to undergo bone marrow transplant but was too weak to fight the infection. 

A sibling of nine brothers and sisters, Magalona was the son of late Philippine movie screen legends Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. The late Senator Enrique Magalona was his grandfather. 

Starting out as a breakdancer in the early 1980s, he followed in his parents’ footsteps and ventured out into acting, appearing in several Filipino movies. 

He branched out to emceeing and released the groundbreaking album Yo! in 1990 garnering the nationalistic hit Mga Kababayan (My Countrymen), making Yo! the first commercially released Pinoy rap album in the Philippines

While rapping politically conscious and thought-provoking rhymes in both English and Tagalog, the album was a big success and instantly helped catapult Filipino hip hop from underground to mainstream status, also marking the birth of Makabayang or Nationalistic rap in Filipino hip hop. 

In 1992, Magalona released Rap Is FrancisM , which was highly regarded as one of the greatest Pinoy Rap albums. 

He was the recipient of the coveted MTV Pilipinas Video Music Awards Generations Award in 2006 “in recognition of his career that has spanned decades and broken boundaries, and for his music which continues to inspire generations of artists and music fans both here and abroad.” He is the second honoree, the first having been singer Gary Valenciano at the 2005 rites. 

Magalona is survived by his wife Pia, and children Maxene, Saab, Unna, Nicolo, Francis Jr., Elmo, Arkin, and Clara.

6 March 2009 at 11:08 pm 3 comments

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