Yellow’s new meaning
Posted August 21, 2009on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 16:23:00 08/21/2009
Filed Under: Politics, Heroism
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 3) Around 2,000 people in yellow gathered at the Ninoy Aquino monument in Makati City Friday to commemorate the 26th death anniversary of Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and gave new meaning to the color that has been identified with the martyred opposition leader and years later his widow.
As of posting time, a mass is being celebrated by Father Joe Dizon as some 100 police and 30 security volunteers stand by to ensure peace and order.
In his homily, Father Rex Reyes said, “Ninoy and Cory [nickname of the late president Corazon Aquino] did not die for faceless people because these people are seen on the streets. Their sacrifice can’t go on without any response. All of us are called to become a nation,” said Rex.
During the wreath laying ceremony earlier Friday, Dizon urged Filipinos, especially as the 40th day of Cory Aquino’s death aproaches, to wear yellow and tie yellow ribbons on trees and buildings to signal that the people were ready to take action and defend democracy in the country.
Dizon said the yellow ribbon would unite Filipinos here and abroad and serve as a reminder of everyone’s responsibility to reform the country.
“Through the ribbon, we can say enough is enough of greed, corruption, and bad governance,” Dizon said in Filipino.
The Cojuangcos and Aquinos will lead in the candle lighting ceremony to be held after.
Before the mass, the crowd danced to “Tie a Yellow Ribbon,” Aquino’s signature song, and waved “laban” (fight) signs.
“In commemorating the 26th death anniversary of Ninoy Aquino, we give a new meaning to yellow. From being the sign of hope in the Edsa revolution, yellow has come to mean transformation. Yellow ribbons will conect Ninoy and Cory, and so Filipinos should tie yellow ribbons to remember our two contemporary heroes, said Patricia Sison, spokeswoman of the Concerned Citizens Movement.
Among the personalities present were Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada, Gina de Venecia and Joey de Venecia, Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, former vice president Teofisto Guingona, former senator Agapito “Butz” Aquino, Linda Aquino Vargas, Aloy Lim, wife of detained Brigadier General Danny Lim, and Maur Lichauco, best friend of Mrs. Aquino.
Representatives from Bayan Muna, Spirit of Edsa, Aliance of Concerned Teachers, youth members from the Gawad Kalinga of the University of Makati, the August Twenty One Movement (Atom) and several church groups were also present.
Balloons with the image of the Aquinos were released at about 4 p.m.
From the Bank of the Philippine Islands office along Ayala, members of the Peace, Love and Revolution showered confetti made up of the proposd P500 bill with the faces of the Cory and Ninoy Aquino.