I’m sorry I was supposed to do an O.C. personality feature last Friday. I’ve just been so busy at work and preparing for a trip to the most O.C. land on Earth. I’ll fill you in on the details soon.
So here I am doing my O.C. personality feature 2 days late and it is related to the historical theme of the last few days in the Philippines — The 25th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution. 25 years ago, I was in the 5th grade and we didn’t have classes for several days because of the snap elections where widow Corazon Aquino went up against Ferdinand Marcos for the presidency of the Philippines. It is, still, probably the most historic event I have ever witnessed in the Philippines and I was only 11 years old at the time.
My mom was very into it. We had the “Hindi ka nag-iisa” shirts, the big Laban foam hand, etc. And the day of the elections, she set up our very own NAMFREL (our local election watchdog) in our living room where we kids had our own columnar pad and we would be tallying the election results by precinct, province and region. She would total them and match them with the COMELEC results. I told you she was O.C. (or maybe just a very big nerd) Maybe it was also her way of keeping us busy while there was no school.
We didn’t go to EDSA because my dad would not let us go out but when Marcos left the Philippines on February 25, 1986, we had a small celebration at home and took some photos. (I’ll try to look for our photo with Bulletin Today in our hands with the headline “Marcos Flees”. I can’t seem to find it.)
Because of EDSA, I’ve also realized something about another mom — Tita Cory. I was thinking about how she was so brave to go up against such a bully like Marcos. I mean, he had her husband killed! And she bravely went up against him. Even if he was forced to leave the country, if I were her I would always be worried about my kids. And I never had this realization until now, that I’m also a mom. You were amazing Tita Cory. There is some hope for the Philippines, and a lot of that hope you helped give the country. You may not have been O.C. (as a few of your nephews and nieces tell me) but you were a very brave woman who loved her country very much.