01 July 2010

We Can Dream Again.


Yesterday, Benigno Aquino III was sworn in as the new President. I'm glad we are done with GMA who became president through People Power (first three years) and through the power of Garci (last six years).

We have a new President. And I am feeling very hopeful.

Here are some articles and stories about him. Read. Click those links, just to know him a little bit more.

An Evening with Noynoy by Candy Cruz
Senator Aquino didn't find time to filter anything in his head just to make sure he got things right. The words flowed spontaneously without restraint. It was clear as daylight that this man has the gall, intellect and stubborness of his Dad, and the humility, spirituality and thoughtfulness of his Mom, as a person. That is an explosive combination. A good head and a big heart. During dinner, I watched him take all of 3 bites as he rattled on like a good raconteur.

BSCA III: What’s important is I see problem and solve it by Gil Cabacungan
“He has earned and gained a stature that is his own and has shown his mettle under pressure and amidst criticisms from his opponents. It was actually there all along and I have seen it up close, but I guess it’s only now that he is given the opportunity to show it to people other than his close friends,” said Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who backed out of the presidential race and has openly campaigned for Aquino’s election.

People's President Embraces Destiny (First of two parts) by Thelma San Juan
Eye Contact With Crowd
Amazingly, Noynoy exchanged banter with the crowd as his motorcade moved, from his perch on the truck about 2 feet from the ground. From time to time, he would shout at the children, warning them to stay away from the moving truck lest they hurt themselves. Or he would tell more aggressive ones to stop snatching the baller IDs from the elderly who were not fast enough at catching the wristbands being thrown at the crowds. He actually kept eye contact with the people even as his truck was in motion.

At one point, he pointed at a frisky hardheaded boy tailing the motorcade, singled him out, and shouted: “Hindi tayo naglalaro! … H’wag … baka masaktan ka!” (This is not a game. Don’t, you might hurt yourself!)

The boy froze on his tracks, his jaw dropped, and he stared at Aquino. He obviously couldn’t believe that, Aquino, the object of the crowd’s frenzy, had spotted him.

Amused by the sight of the stunned boy, senatorial candidate Dr. Martin Bautista said to the senator: “I think that boy will grow up a good boy, because he has just been admonished by the President (to-be) of the Philippines. He’ll always remember this day.”

Speed reading
Not many know that Aquino can speed-read. He was on the plane when the Supreme Court handed down the decision that the incumbent President has the power to appoint the next Chief Justice, and he knew the media would be asking for his comment as soon as the plane landed.

According to an aide, he had the Supreme Court decision downloaded and proceeded to read the entire manuscript, go over it with his lawyers and mentally mark the salient points.

“It was then we realized how he could speed-read and that he has a photographic memory,” the aide said.

His is a People’s Presidency in an era where the masses of Filipinos have been used by demagogues as props in a circus or as a sucker-of-an audience to a game show.

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Glad to see Shalani sit with the Aquino family during the Inauguration. Dapat lang.
As R. Robles wrote in an article (re Boy Abunda sitting with the Aquino sisters during the Proclamation):

"Boy Abunda is NOT FAMILY and therefore, state protocol was broken in Congress for FRIENDSHIP.
So why the heck not for LOVE?"


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Photos: Taken by my cousin who was part of Noynoy's campaign team.

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Vince Arante July 2, 2010 at 3:00 AM  

YES indeed! "we can dream again". I wished I was there to take part of this very historical moment for us all Filipinos. It feels so right to have someone who can be trusted as a president after all these years.

Mabuhay si bagong Presidente at ang buong bansang Pilipinas!(Boy, I haven't say these words since 1988 when I left the country)

Chelo July 2, 2010 at 3:08 AM  

oh ai, definitely, his GF looks like you..esp in that angle..

dont start wearing yellow in manila, maalaan gyud ka=)


thanks for the links..i will definitely read more about him..

nakatawa ko sa iyang pag badlong sa kid..any self respecting adult would do that, but not policiticians who are asking for public adulation (as there were a crowd)..i wonder if Dick Gordon would do the same,lol..

i am hoping the Philippines a better future..and my part is being a productive OFW..and keep paying my taxes..and sending money to the PHils..and supporting products from the Phils..

Aileen Siroy July 2, 2010 at 4:28 PM  

Chelo said...
oh ai, definitely, his GF looks like you..esp in that angle..

dont start wearing yellow in manila, maalaan gyud ka=)

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Haha. Thank you for saying that, Chel.
I think she really is very beautiful.
She's smart, too. And she looks so first lady-ish. :)

But someone left a message here and protested.
He said (you know who he is. haha) mas gwapa kuno ko. LOL.

I'm still thinking if I should post his comment
because I'm pretty sure a lot of brows will be raising. LOL.

Aileen Siroy July 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM  

Chelo said...
thanks for the links..i will definitely read more about him..

nakatawa ko sa iyang pag badlong sa kid..any self respecting adult would do that, but not policiticians who are asking for public adulation (as there were a crowd)..i wonder if Dick Gordon would do the same,lol..

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Nakatawa pud ko how, with all the people wanting his attention, he singled out the kid. It says a lot about what kind of person he is. And I'm glad we have someone like that as President. He seem to be very sincere. And sincerity is hard to come by these days.

Thank you for taking time to read the articles. :)

Aileen Siroy July 2, 2010 at 4:35 PM  

Chelo said...
i am hoping the Philippines a better future..and my part is being a productive OFW..and keep paying my taxes..and sending money to the PHils..and supporting products from the Phils..

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I hope more people will have the spirit of cooperation, Chel. Although we expect nothing less than honesty and integrity from our government, change actually starts with us. We really have to do our part, too.

You are inspiring. :)

Aileen Siroy July 2, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

Vince Arante said...
It feels so right to have someone who can be trusted as a president after all these years.

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It certainly does.

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