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A Story to Tell… A President to Remember


Today is the last day of National mourning of the Republic of the Philippines for our 11th President Mrs. Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco-Aquino.

Last week, the funeral cortege passed in our neighborhood here in Makati along South Super Highway (or as is known today “President Osmeña Highway”). I went out and captured the historical moment when the Filipino people waited for the cortege to arrive.

Inside you will find a short story of what happened, and after which, you can view all 332 photos to your leisure.

Date: August 5, 2009
Camera: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot A460
ISO: 400
640×480 pixels


Since this is 5 pages long, you can just jump straight to all the photos by visiting this link: this link (where you can also leave comments to each photo).

Or you can watch all the photos via this slide:

All of my photos are license under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Philippines.


I first watched the requiem mass up to the portion when the funeral cortege turned left at Quirino Avenue. At around 1:30 in the afternoon, I went out…

As you can see, life already stopped in Makati. From Barangay Bangkal, I just kept taking photos while walking Northwards. My first stop was the South Super Highway “Buendia” Flyover.

Rain or shine…

Filipinos will climb anything just to get a good look and pay their final respects…

I reached Barangay Palanan

They’re not afraid, just as Cory was

At Barangay San Antonio, Makati City

And this is what I call raining

We’re still in Makati City :p

I’m walking back at this point, headed back to where I started, Barangay Bangkal. This is the North end of the South Super Highway “Buendia” Flyover.

Under the flyover

As I’ve said, Filipinos will climb anywhere…

These people weren’t here when I first passed by the Buendia Skyway ramp at around 1:48pm. This only shows how much the crowd has grown since I first started my photo documentation, this was around 2:59pm. And the cortege at this point will still take 2 to 3 hours more to reach this point.

The helicopter (I think ABS-CBN’s Sky Patrol) covering the cortege. The cortege at this time, if I will take a guess is still stuck in Manila’s portion of President Osmeña Highway where radio coverage said that the Manileños were intentionally blocking the cortege. That’s how much they love Cory Aquino.

And guess who was leading… far ahead, the funeral cortege…

People were shouting, “Ako na ang papadyak!”; “Sama-sama tayo!” then another followed up, “pero mauuna na ako!” Oh well..

The crowd along the South Super Highway – Pasay Road interchange… again, these people weren’t here an hour earlier ;)

Back at AMA Makati Campus (South Super Highway corner Tinio St. Bangkal, Makati City)

In front of Yellow Cab Pizza Main office, Bangkal, Makati City

Yes, that’s how slow they’re going because of the immense crowd. And yes, I was trying to get good shots of him so I walked ahead of them ;)

And I’m back to where I started, Bangkal, Makati City, 3:19pm

Now, my journey from my starting point to Magallanes cloverleaf interchange…

Now, I would have let go of making the Philippine Flag a “towel” or “jacket” of sorts when our sportsmen win but writing on the flag is too much already… No offense to these people…


Some youths and young adults who wants Kris Aquino to be the President of the Republic of the Philippines

A family giving their thanks..

Condo…

As a point of reference…

Can you see the crowd?

Let’s get up-close and personal..

Looking back first… (Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan, ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan.)

Time stopped

One last look.. back.. (facing North from the North end of the South Super Highway and EDSA cloverleaf interchange)

Now let’s trek the length of the SSH-EDSA cloverleaf interchange

Leaving Barangay Bangkal and crossing to Barangay Magallanes, it looks empty…

Just look, when we turn around and face North towards Barangay Bangkal…

The crowd difference is obvious… but still there are people waiting, few they may be…

At 4:15pm

And now..

We found the crowd..

The funeral cortege arrives at the SSH-EDSA cloverleaf interchange at 4:22:44pm

Read this message of the man who walked with the funeral cortege…

Here quoted:

Watch history repeat itself. Just as, after Ninoy‘s burial People Power was ignited and brought down a despot and violator of human rights.

After Cory‘s burial, Filipinos will revive once more the spirit of EDSA and bring down another despot and tormentor of Human Rights activists.

Deja Vu!

Gloria, Babu!

Going back..

Our final respects to the 11th President of the Republic of the Philippines

4:27:16pm

4:27:20pm

4:27:44pm

4:28:36pm

4:29:32pm

Some photos down on the side of SSH going North that is now passable

Facing South from the South end of the SSH-EDSA cloverleaf interchange

the rain, no storm, hit us hard

now it’s Signal #1 (figuratively :p )

No one is budging… what storm?

At this point, it doesn’t matter whether you have an umbrella or not, you will surely get wet. The strong winds with the rain is blowing towards us, and we’re in an area where there are not much buildings.

Even a helicopter made an emergency langding…

Yep, we’re wet, dripping.. (me on the left)

And that ends the story of the South Super Highway portion of Makati City from Barangay Palanan, Barangay San Antonio, Barangay Pio del Pilar, Barangay Bangkal, and Barangay Magallanes. My best guess, I walked 80% to 90% of the length of President Osmeña Highway that is within the territory of the City of Makati.

A history in the making and a very memorable experience for me. When I was there, it wasn’t just Senator Ninoy that was in my mind, I also felt how it was like when the Nation mourned for President Ramon Magsaysay. Two Presidents that made a huge difference in this country that the Filipinos will love for as long as our race lives.

Goodbye Corazon “Cory” Aquino, 11th President of the Republic of the Philippines.


Date: August 5, 2009
Camera: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot A460
ISO: 400
640×480 pixels


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All of my photos are license under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Philippines.


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