While former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino’s mortal body had been laid to rest, a poem, I Have Fallen in Love with the Same Woman Three Times, in itself is a noteworthy addition to accolade and eulogy that had been put forth. Written by her late husband Benigno “Nino” Aquino Jr. he wrote it while still in prison and dedicated it to his wife “Cory” for their anniversary.
I have fallen in love
With the same woman three times
In a day spanning nineteen years
Of tearful joys and joyful tears.
I loved her first when she was young
Enchanting and vibrant, eternally new
She was brilliant, fragrant and cool
As the morning dew.
I fell in love with her the second time
When first she bore her child and mine
Always by my side, the source of my strength
Helping to turn the tide.
But there were candles to burn
The world was my concern
While our home was her domain
And the people were mine
While the children were hers to maintain.
So it was in those eighteen years and a day
Till I was detained
Forced in prison to stay.
Suddenly she’s our sole support
Source of comfort
Our wellspring of hope
On her shoulders fell the burden of life.
I fell in love again
With the same woman the third time
Looming from the battle
Her courage will never fade.
Amidst the hardships she has remained
Undaunted and unafraid
She is calm, composed
She is God’s lovely maid.
It was martial law when the fascist-dictator Marcos, sent Ninoy to prison for his staunch opposition against the regime. During Ninoy’s imprisonment, Cory learned to endure the exposure to the glare of media and regular strip searches when visiting her husband in jail. Born of privilege and refined breeding, this woman he loved, that of being a wife, a mother and a friend emerged to courageously take the challenge to raise their children on her own, albeit a husband to keep strong. Subsequently, she campaigned and bid against Marcos’ government control with clear intention to restore institution after democratic institution.
Distinctly, Corazon “Cory” Aquino had her share in our history as Filipino people. She is a product of the long, arduous and painstaking struggle of the Filipino people at the time when doing what was right and noble is meted with iron rule. Her husband Ninoy was a victim, and she had seen, felt, and experienced what it meant to be under tribulation wrought about by a regime
While accolade and eulogy had been put forth and her body laid to rest, we remember Cory’s resolve to fight and safeguard our democracy against HR 1109. Sick and frail, she sent her grandson, Kiko Dee to read her scathing message during anti-Charter change (Cha-cha) rally in Makati on June 10, 2009:
“Here we are again in the midst of the shameful abuses of the powerful that seek to destroy our sacred laws. Over the years, I have learned to endure pain and sadness. But perhaps, there is nothing that causes me greater pain than to see our people betrayed again and again by those they have elected to lead and serve them. To those of us who fought long and hard to restore our democracy, the pain deepens at the thought that all our gains have so quickly been eroded. Charter change before the 2010 is a threat to democracy! Stop all together moves towards Charter change!”
While accolade and eulogy had been put forth and Cory’s mortal body laid to rest, we march on towards our goal…let us carry forward the fight for justice, peace, freedom and democracy! The death of our martyrs and heroes must be our guiding challenge and the generation to come is our inspiration!
Bayan Canada – National Organizing Committee