Editor's note: Former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. was murdered at the Manila International Airport on August 21, 1983 before he could make this statement. GMA News Online published this on August 21, 2009. We are placing it again today, Ninoy Aquino Day.
The stargazer is a flower that is often used to decorate boxes, but for TV personality Kris Aquino it was a special sign that her deceased father used to assure the family that he was finally reunited with her mother in the hereafter.
A week before ex-president Corazon Aquino died on August 1, Kris said that she had been informed that her aunt Tessie Aquino-Oreta had dreamed of her father, the late Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. In the dream, Ninoy had asked Oreta to visit his cancer-stricken wife, who was then locked up in the Makati Medical Center and brought her stargazers.
Kris made the revelation in a recent interview on her TV program The Buzz. She noted that her aunt and her mother faced each other in 2001 when Mrs Aquino supported the deposition of former President Joseph Estrada, who was then supported by Senator Oreta. They have since been reconciled.
In an interview with GMA News Online, Oreta confirmed the dream but made a light on it. She said she visited Mrs Aquino "(but) I do not (bring her flowers). Cory was asthmatic. & # 39;
To Kris's surprise, Heritage Memorial Services staff placed stargazers on her mother's chest in preparation for the wake, which prompted her to collapse and cry.
"It is my father's sign that mother is good and that they were together." That was the time I cried there. "Thin nila pinaramdam after magkasama after sila," she said.
Mrs. Aquino was laid to rest next to her husband, as she had wanted, on August 5th. As the nation commemorates the 26th anniversary of the murder of Ninoy Aquino Friday, friends and advocates are expected to bring more flowers to their tombs at the Manila Memorial Park.
Kris, who had personally attended the preparations for Mrs Aquino's wake, said that the family did not order flowers because they knew that the coffin would be draped with the Philippine flag. Mrs Aquino was the first female president of the country from 1986 to 1992.
But when the coffin was taken to the viewing room, a staff of the Heritage told them that they would temporarily put flowers on Mrs Aquino's coffin.
"Yung flowers after pinagawa ng Heritage after which I knew nothing about, peanut butter … they were stargazers," she said.
Pure in heart
Star gazebos are lilies that are usually associated with meanings like & # 39; pure in heart & # 39; and # 39; Sky in your eyes & # 39; Together with his sister – the white Casablanca lily – stargazers are often offered to convey sympathy to the recipient.
After telling her niece about the dream, Oreta asked Kris or Cory about stargazers. Kris remembered: "hindi masyado." She loves to look at flowers, but because of her asthma, nahihirapan matagal. "
After she retired in 1992, Mrs Aquino went to painting and gave away a lot of her work to friends. Although she liked to paint flowers, it is not known whether stargazers were one of her subjects.
Moments before Cory died, Kris said her mother told her that she could already see Ninoy.
Eternal love story
The love story Ninoy and Cory is one of the most celebrated love stories of the country. Some online users even described it as & # 39; eternal & # 39 ;.
In his last letter to Cory, Ninoy assured her that his love "will never be equaled." He also thanked her for supporting him during the difficult times when he was imprisoned under the Marcos regime.
"All the things I want to tell you can be masked on one line – – I love you! … I realize that I have been very stingy with praise and appreciation for all your efforts – but even though I did not say it – you know that I am the best, as far as I am concerned, that is why we have taken so long, there will be only one thing in the world that I will never accept – that you love me more than I love you – because my love for you, though unspoken, will never be matched, "read part of the letter.
Apart from the letter, Ninoy also expressed his love for Cory by a poem entitled "I fell in love with the same woman three times." The poem was written in Fort Bonifacio in 1973 as his gift to Cory for their 19th wedding anniversary.
"Strikingly out of the fight / her courage will never fade.Among the hardships she is / fearless and not afraid, she is calm and composed / she is God's dear girl," read the poem.
It was put to music by the popular musician Jose Marie Chan in 1987. – GMA News