In March 1987, I attended the Phil. Normal College (now University) 79th Commencement Exercises. I was only a sophomore but I knew I have to be there. President Cory Aquino was the commencement speaker. I was lucky enough to get a gate pass and listened to her as she inspired the newly graduates to make a difference in the world of teaching. The above photo was taken by a PNU photographer.
Yellow ribbons, a campaign poster and Ninoy’s famous black and white image. These are in my one and only scrapbook. I can’t remember the last time I opened it.
I still have the Time magazine Woman of the Year issue plus Asiaweek’s March 1986 collector’s issue given to me by father. As I turn the pages, I remember asking him in 1986 who his candidate for the snap election was. He said KBL for ‘Kay Biyuda Lahat’. And from my Social Science professor I learned that snap stands for “Sigurado Na Ang Panalo.”
As I write this, the stretch of people who are lining up to view the remains of President Cory are still very long. Just like Ninoy in 1983.
August 3, 2009
This morning, more than a thousand students together with faculty members led by the PNU President Atty. Lutgardo Barbo marched to the Manila Cathedral to pay their last respects to Pres. Cory. In a radio interview, he mentioned that it was Pres. Cory who signed Republic Act 7168 on December 26, 1991, elevating the school to university status.