Cory Aquino Funeral Cortege: 500,000 marched
August 3, 2009 § Leave a comment
Thousands lined up along EDSA, Ayala Avenue and Roxas Boulevard today to witness the funeral cortege bearing the remains of democracy icon, President Cory Aquino. The march passed my house along Buendia Avenue, but I was too weak to go down and see it. Last night, Sunday, my family and I went to La Salle Greenhills to pay our last respects to the president. It took us five hours before we were able to view Cory Aquino. Since we did not bring any umbrella, I was drenched by the rain. When we arrived home, I felt sick. That’s why I just decided to stay home today.
Anyway, when the convoy left La Salle, I monitored the news over at ANC. The sight was overwhelming. People from all walks of life, lined up from La Salle to the whole stretch of EDSA. People were holding balloons and confetti. Some just lined up with their camera phones in hand. When the convoy passed them, they took pictures and released those balloons.
The crowd thickened when it reached the corner of EDSA and Ayala Avenue. A mammoth crowd gathered infront of the Philippine Stock Exhange building along Ayala avenue. Confetti were raining for most of the time. And people were chanting “Cory!Cory!Cory!”. Police estimated the crowd at 25-30,000.
The crowds swelled to half a million, from Ayala up to Roxas Boulevard. When it reached the gate of Intramuros, people chanted Cory!Cory! and flashed the “L” sign, the symbol of resistance during the Marcos dictatorship. It seemed that the entire nation was again afflicted by the EDSA fervor.
When the truck bearing the remains of Cory before the Manila Cathedral, hundreds of Filipinos watched. They chanted her name and vowed to continue her fight.