Family and friends remember 'simple, decent' Noynoy Aquino who served without fanfare

25/06/2022 3:16:00 AM

On his first death anniversary, the late president Noynoy Aquino's eldest sister Ballsy Aquino-Cruz recalls one of his most famous quotes, 'The Filipino is really worth fighting for'

Ballsy Aquino-Cruz paid tribute to her brother, Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III, as a 'simple, honest, self-effacing, and decent Filipino' during Mass for the late former president's first death anniversary. READ:

On his first death anniversary, the late president Noynoy Aquino's eldest sister Ballsy Aquino-Cruz recalls one of his most famous quotes, 'The Filipino is really worth fighting for'

Play Video MANILA, Philippines – Family, friends, and allies of the late former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III gathered together in a solemn Holy Mass to mark the first year since his passing, remembering the legacy of good governance he left behind.“Camille, I’m not in good shape.was renal disease secondary to diabetes.By LLANESCA T.

The people closest to Aquino started arriving at the Church of the Gesú in the Ateneo de Manila University early Friday morning, June 24.It was also the same place where Aquino’s supporters gathered together for three days after he died of renal disease secondary to diabetes a year ago.Now, I have loss of appetite and breathing difficulties.Aquino was a “true blue” Atenean, having finished his grade school, high school, and college education in the blue school along Katipunan Avenue.A private person, he mostly kept to himself, his family, and a few trusted friends – all while battling various illnesses such as pneumonia, diabetes, renal disease, and heart disease.Just outside the church’s doors, Aquino’s longtime household staff Yolly Yebres helped man a booth where caps and ballers bearing Aquino’s face and name were made available for guests to get for free.I knew he had health problems as early as November 2019 , but it was only just before Christmas last year when he told me over the phone that he had to undergo dialysis due to diabetes, a risky heart surgery (which happened in May), and a possible kidney transplant.Yebres and two of Aquino’s security aides were the ones who discovered his lifeless body inside his room in his house in Quezon City a year ago.Yap said Aquino lived up to Ateneo's motto of being a man for others, and that the huge support for the Benigno Simeon Aquino III Scholarship Endowment initiative established after his death is a testament to his kind of public service.

He died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 61.Yet, his May 14 message still came as a shock to me.But Orozco said they completely understood it as they saw what their boss was going through.Among those present during the Mass were Aquino’s sisters Ballsy, Pinky, Viel, and their respective families.His celebrity sister Kris Aquino is currently in the United States undergoing treatment for her ultra-rare disease EGPA.When my father was diagnosed with colon cancer in December 2020, Aquino was never short on words of encouragement – that my dad was diagnosed earlier than his mother, former president Corazon Aquino, so he had a better prognosis.Key opposition figures such as outgoing vice president Leni Robredo, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senator Kiko Pangilinan, and former interior secretary Mar Roxas were among those who attended the gathering.It was obvious),” Orozco said, adding that Aquino had to be on oxygen at all times.There was not much talk about politics during the service, only a quiet homage to the values and principles that Aquino represented when he was the most powerful man in the Philippines: accountability, transparency, and his refusal to throw his weight around just because he was the President.” I have been checking up on him in the past months.Wala pang naimmbentong pang-uri para maisalarawan sa inyo ang galak ng aming mga puso sa pakikiisa niyo sa amin ng araw na ito," Ballsy said.

In his homily, Jesuit priest Jose Ramon Villarin, former Ateneo president, likened the meaning of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to a life lived in service of others.“May init ang pusong nagmamahal, may liwanag at linaw….” (Editor’s Note: In an earlier version of this story, the date of the text message was mistakenly reported as June 22.When they found out that Aquino opted out of the first dialysis session for the week, they said they already started to worry.Sagrado ang pusong inilalabas sa dibdib, nangangahas pa ring umasa at magtaya.Sagrado ang pusong may tapang na kumilos alang-alang sa napupusuan ng Diyos para sa kaniyang sinisintang bayan,” Villarin said.) PNoy off the record In mid-2015, Rappler assigned me to cover Malacañang and the last year of Aquino’s presidency.(A heart that loves has warmth, light, and clarity….We need their consent.He is the only son of martyred senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr.

Sacred is the heart that still hopes and takes risks.I clearly remember one time I was set to ask him a question in a press conference and I was suddenly barred from doing so.Sacred is the heart that has the courage to move in the service of those loved by God, the country he loves dearly.) SOLEMN MASS.But it’s common knowledge that he generally had an aversion to media, especially certain outlets, and he was not the type to hide it.Despite this, his angioplasty procedure was successful.Aquino’s family, friends, allies, and supporters join the Holy Mass at the Church of the Gesú on June 24, 2022.Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler At the end of the Mass, Aquino’s eldest sister Ballsy Aquino-Cruz thanked all of those who joined the Mass in person and virtually.It was when he left office in 2016, and with the pressures of the job gone, that I started to have unregulated access to him.

She considered them the “true friends” of Aquino, who stood by him even when critics relentlessly attacked him after his presidency.In a good position for access.“A year ago, our hearts fell apart when Noynoy breathed his last.It would last for two hours.But we returned him to our Creator with gratitude for the blessing that he was: a simple, honest, self-effacing, and decent Filipino who gave his all without fanfare when he was tasked to serve his bosses,” said Cruz.She also recalled one of Aquino’s most iconic lines when he was alive, which he delivered during his State of the Nation Address in 2014.People close to him know he sure loved to talk.Thank you for the prayers,” Aquino told Villarin when the latter asked how he was.“May I ask you to join me in considering what he said, and I quote, ‘May you always believe, just as I do, that the Filipino is really worth fighting for.

That the Filipino will indeed rise up to the occasion, that God has a good plan for all of us and this will take place in his time.There were times I had the energy to counter his viewpoints but other times, I had no chance to talk at all.Keep the faith, know that this is just a phase,'” Cruz quoted her brother as saying.Hinga nang malalim.Play Video PNoy endowment fund to send scholars to Ateneo Ateneo de Manila University president Roberto Yap also said Aquino will always be remembered for serving the Philippines “with honor and dignity,” and for elevating the country’s status in the world stage.One time he got hooked on the documentary about plots to assassinate Hitler.“President Noy’s love for our country and our people, especially the poor and the marginalized, is unquestionable.In the face of a planet in emergency mode, a chaotic political environment, wars in different places, disinformation and misinformation and a heavily fractured society, we ask for President Noy’s prayers that Ateneo and Ateneans become true beacons of God’s love and light in our world,” said Yap.Kakababa ko lang sa pwesto, bakit naman gusto kong balikan ‘yung pinagdaanan ko.Breathe deeply.

He announced that the endowment fund named after Aquino has raised P15 million, which would fund the Ateneo education of several scholars hailing from outside Metro Manila.Play Video The Aquino legacy Most of the Mass attendees wore clothes or face masks in the color yellow – a sign of support for the dead president.I just stepped down from office, why would I want to relive what I went through?) In 2018, I excitedly asked him if he had watched the film Crazy Rich Asians – a major boo-boo on my part as I forgot he and sister Kris were not on good terms.Yellow was the color of protest closely associated with Noynoy and his late parents, democracy icons former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.” Villarin also recalled Aquino telling him, “’Yung isang broken heart, hindi kaya [maayos] dito (My other kind of broken heart can’t be fixed this way),” apparently referring to the country’s situation.and former president Corazon Aquino – opposition figures against the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos Sr.” Ooopsie, my bad.They no longer saw the rise to the presidency of the dictator’s only son and namesake Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

in the 2022 elections.I remembered Nikko Dizon (formerly of Philippine Daily Inquirer) and I were having a hard time submitting our stories to our editors because Aquino’s newly renovated house didn’t have any internet connection.” Noynoy Aquino is now at rest.Noynoy Aquino first entered politics as congressional representative of Tarlac’s 2nd District.After serving three consecutive terms as congressman, he ran a successful bid for the Senate and served as senator from 2007 to 2010.” He was just game and took it in stride.He initially had no plans to gun for Malacañang in the 2010 elections, but Aquino eventually sought the presidency following public clamor after his mother’s death in 2009.She won an ILO award in 2017.Aquino would be remembered as the Philippine leader and challenged Beijing’s false claims over the West Philippines Sea.He said he grew up thinking emotions get in the way of solutions.

The Philippines would later win the case in July 2016, a month after Aquino’s term ended.His anti-corruption drive called “Daang Matuw id (Straight Path)” helped stabilize the Philippine economy.Speaking of CabSecs, he loved to joke about his good friend Rene Almendras, his former Cabinet secretary and foreign secretary.elemia@rappler.REMEMBERING.Mass attendees watch a video remembering Aquino’s legacy after the Mass on June 24, 2022.(READ: The President’s men, 6 years after ) His uncensored comments on politics were also so good and sometimes funny (well, in his usual dry humor) that they could not be published.Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler His efforts to also paved the way for the preliminary peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which later culminated in the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Aquino remained a largely popular leader for most of his presidency – until the.I asked for his reaction when former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile attacked him in a joint televised briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte.

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