I met Cory Aquino today. Pardon me, Former Philippine President Cory Aquino. I guess I had gotten so used to refer to her simply as “Cory” that it’s hard to break the habit. It’s by no means a gesture of disrespect, but it’s testament to a Filipino icon, who in spite of her position, history, and accomplishments, seems very much like an ordinary, average Filipino. She exuded no aura of a politician (unlike many other politicians who were there), but a simple aunt who came over for a visit. Myself and Ilyn couldn’t believe that we were actually there talking to her like it was just an ordinary conversation with a neighbor. We talked about art, comics, and well, cellphones. She has a cellphone anecdote that’s just hysterical, but it’s a story for another day.
I was very thrilled to meet her, specially since I have a long long history of being Yellow. During the time of Marcos, being Yellow and living near Malacañang was a rather dangerous thing to do. I often forget I have yellow ribbons in my backpack when I go home that the PSG stops me and tell me to remove them before proceeding.
Most of those old enough to remember the Philippine revolution of 1986 would know what pride in being a Filipino at the time felt like. I felt it, and I remember it well. Cory played a huge part in making all that happen.
Although it is sad to know that Cory is battling a serious illness, it’s remarkable to see that it hasn’t affected her spirit and her humor. It is both encouraging and inspiring.
I met her because of my participation in a book put together by Ninoy And Cory’s grandson Jiggy Cruz. Myself along with a lot of other Filipino comics artists contributed illustrations of Ninoy Aquino for inclusion in the book. The book has just been published and will soon be available at bookstores.
The Artists: Brian, Leinil, me, Jason, Harvey, Carlo, Jiggy and Jed
Me and Leinil