Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Lola's battle and the mysteries of life

I was talking to Tito Rapa earlier and we were talking about the numerous masses being offered for my Lola. Even a 40hour vigil is being offered at the EDSA Shrine!

My Lola's hanging on and she's fighting cancer. I think that she's defying all medical explanations.

But what's really amazing that even as she sleeps in her hospital bed, she somehow brought a lot of people together in prayer! I can imagine the number of people praying and coming back to God.

Maybe the Good Lord is using my Lola as His instrument to bring people together... I mentioned in an interview earlier that she and God have a very special bond. I really believe that!!!

The best advice my Lola gave me was "In whatever you do, just do your best and God will do the rest" I'll never forget the other piece of wisdom my Lola taught me. "At the gates of heaven, you won't be asked what grade you got in Math or Science or English, you'll be asked if you were good during your stay in the world..."

Simple pieces of advice but very effective. I love my Lola for telling me that... She's my hero.

30 comments:

Miko said...

As she is to many of us...

I'm still hoping that the news I read is not real, that it's not true. Reading the news makes me feel that I, like a lot of Filipinos, lose someone very dear - like my own lola.

Here's to hoping still...

Jon said...

Hey Jiggy, I am so sorry about what happened. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. I know you know that your Lola Cory is in a better place now, with Lolo Ninoy welcoming her to Heaven with open arms. Be strong my cousin...may she rest in peace.

Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino (1933-2009)
GONE but not FORGOTTEN!
The president is dead...LONG LIVE PRESIDENT CORY!


Jon Aquino
YouTube.com/NinoyAquinoTV
Philadelphia, USA

Jon said...

Hey Jiggy, I am so sorry about what happened. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. I know you know that your Lola Cory is in a better place now, with Lolo Ninoy welcoming her to Heaven with open arms. Be strong my cousin...may she rest in peace.

Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino (1933-2009)
GONE but not FORGOTTEN!
The president is dead...
LONG LIVE PRESIDENT CORY!


Jon Aquino
YouTube.com/NinoyAquinoTV
Philadelphia, USA

Chie said...

My mom and I wants to give you and your family our condolences. I know that this will be a hard time for your family but I know that Pres. Aquino is in good hands now with God. We'll be praying for Pres. Aquino' soul and to your family as well.

paige said...

Jiggy,
Condelence to you and to your whole family. I just woke up and heard in the television that former President Cory Aquino died today. I am trying to stop the tears but i cannot it keeps on falling. I can feel the pain but i am happy for her because i know God is waiting for her. She will always be on our heart. We love her and your whole family. Thank you for bringing up the democracy in the Philippines.

aldwin said...

i mourn for your lola's death. I'm residing here in davao, and all I can do to express my gratitude to your lola is to remember [on my site, www.starcrave.com] what she have done for the country and how she inspired a lot of filipino around the world. your lola is a great woman.

Condolence!
www.starcrave.com

darthleur said...

I got the news later this afternoon when I was watching Fox News. Condolences to your family Jiggy.

Tricia said...

Since last week, my previous choir in Singapore has been singing in masses at St. Ignatius church in Singapore for your Lola. It is indeed amazing how she has made numerous people from all over the world come together to pray and be closer to Him! I am personally inspired by her unwaivering faith and love for the Lord. Your stories about her and your family continue to inspire the rest of us, so I thank you for sharing them here in your blog. We will continue to pray for her and your family as we bid her our final farewell. But though she has gone, she will always remain in the Filipinos' corazones... Long live Cory!

thess said...

hi jiggy. i am one of the million filipinos who went to lasalle to pay their last respect to the former president. Honestly, i really admire her a lot. to your family i would like to extend my deepest sympathy. i will continue to pray for your family and will forever support noy in his next political bid. again, my condolence. God bless you all.

Tricia said...

My previous choir in Singapore has been singing for masses for your Lola in St. Ignatius church in Singapore since last week. It's indeed amazing how she has made people from different walks of life come together to pray and be closer to Him. I am personally inspired by her unwaivering faith and love for the Lord. The stories you have shared about her and your family have been truly inspiring, and I thank you for sharing them in your blog. We will continue to pray for her and your family as we bid her our final farewell. But although she has gone, she will surely remain forever in the Filipinos' corazones. Long live your lola!

dwin79 said...

its very repulsive act for politicians who used the death of your lola to lure for votes!!!!!

imclarkent said...

I'm sorry for your loss Jiggy. Your grandmother was a woman of great faith and had true love for her country. I especially admire her faith in the Lord and her deep devotion to Mama Mary. I'm sure she is welcomed with open arms by Jesus and Mama Mary. God Bless and condolence to your family.

Annie and Jheng Quiambao said...

Hello. Thank You for sharing your lola with us. I was in Grade school when she was in the office. So growing up being her president was something that I usually recall... of course, for her works and making our country a better place...and not experiencing those years that my 3 eldest brothers did experience. Condolences from Filipinos here in San Francisco,CA. May you and your family be blessed and comforted in times of sadness. Thank You.

Kevin in Manila said...

I've been deeply touched by what I've seen on the news these past few days--I wished I had been able to meet her before she passed.

test said...

1 Million Prayer Pledges for Cory Aquino.

I'm collecting 1 Million prayers for Cory Aquino. No boundries,
whether you're in another country, another religion, as long as you
can pray to your deity/supreme being.

If you're an OFW who physically cannot go to Tita Cory's wake, or if
you're from a different country and not a Filipino, you're prayer
pledges are most welcome.

Pls help spread the word.

"The 1 Million prayer campaign for Corazon Aquino."

http://chikamuna.com/1-million-prayers-for-cory-aquino-campaign-for-all-religions/

markitotz said...

"At the gates of heaven, you won't be asked what grade you got in Math or Science or English, you'll be asked if you were good during your stay in the world..."

I am really touched by this. Your Lola is a great woman. She will not only be remembered, she will stay in our hearts :)

angiekowh said...

KABATAAN, Salamat President Cory!

Di ko inabutan ang kanyang panunumpa
di ko rin inabutan ang kanyang panunungkulan
at pati na rin ang pagbaba niya sa pagka-pangulo
ngunit hinahangaan ko siya ng buong puso...

hindi madaling mawalan ng minamahal dahil sa kapakanan ng ibang tao
tao na tinuturing niyang kabahagi at kanyang buhay
Ang mamatayan ng walang kalaban-laban
At walang ibang masasandalan


Bumangon siya sa kabila ng pagkalugmok
Ni hindi nagtanim ng sama ng loob sa Diyos
Patuloy na lumaban at humarap sa hamon ng buhay
Para sa kanyang bansang minamahal

Pinaglaban ang kalayaan
Nang di gumagamit ng dahas
Tanging panalangin ang naging sandigan
Sa madilim na kapaligiran

Isang maybahay na walang kamalay-malay
Simpleng pamumuhay ay kinagisnan
Ngayo'y isang simbolo ng kalayaan
At Sagisag ng Kabanalan

Pilipino ako! Ito'y mapagmamalaki
At isa siya sa kadahilanang ito
Mananatili siya di lamang sa kasaysayan
Kundi pati sa mga puso ng mga nagkakaisang pilipino

Salamat President Cory!

143:D said...

condolence.

thanks for your lola.
we love her.

... beachfreak said...

My condolences. Your grandmother was an extraordinary woman. But you already know that. =)

Carambs said...

She is truly a remarkable woman.

fireflier2396 said...

Aww. That's so sweet. I watched the Funeral procession this morning. Oh and BTW I have 2 pics of my grandma with yours on the Ninoy Aquino memorabilia Exhibit with the CWL on Twitter. Just type in my username (izzyfly09) on the 'find people' section. Thanks ^_^

yish said...

she really is one of a kind. you're so lucky to have her as your lola..

M!@ said...

Not sure if this is really you, but if it is... there's just something i wanted to say.

We were one of the millions of people at EDSA I. I was 7 years old when we moved overseas permanently- my parents have always loved the Philippines and in turn I have too.

I had the opportunity to work there and whilst living there I was confused and dismayed with what I saw - this was not the Philippines my parents loved... it couldn't be.

Your grandmother's self less sacrifice as a public servant, as a mother, as a grandmother is so heroic, so noble and so immeasurable.

I hope and pray that your grandmother's sacrifice and your lolo's sacrifice are not in vain.

I hope their sacrifices may serve as an inspiration for Filipinos to love themselves, respect themselves and have pride in themselves... maybe just maybe by doing so they will love their country and the Philippines will be a much better place.

Jinjiruks said...

She is everyone's hero. The champion of democracy.

Sana nga lang, hindi masayang ang kanyang pinaglaban noong People Power, sana isabuhay ng mga Pinoy at muling mamulat para magkaisa para sa pag-unlad ng bansa. ^^;

aSIMULAtor said...

good advice from a woman whom all the Filipinos love. condolences.

it's because of your lola and her will to fight for democracy that i became proud of my heritage. granted, some may not understand, but when you are a Filipino born in another country who has lived in multiple countries you end up "forgetting" your roots due to the vast cultural differences you encounter and blend into.

PS - your pics rule! 10km run, you're hardcore :D

mr3mars said...

i was following your tweets throughout the day for the update on your lola. You're luck the be one of the grandson of the two greatest Filipino Ever Lived: Ninoy and Cory

Tim said...

Condolences on your loss sir. Your lola was a hero to all of us.

louisse:)) [♥] said...

hmmmm. i will really miss your lola, KUYA JiGGY.:[

irish said...

We love the songs sang during the requiem mass for President Cory.We are a fan of your lola and in remembrance we would love to get a copy of the songs. we hope it will be available soon in the market.thank you and we are more proud now being Filipino.

jezzel18 said...

Hi Jiggy, our condolences to your family. Thank you for sharing your lola with us. She is a great woman, strong, and inspiring. She touched our hearts with her compassion and love for her country and we salute to her. Thank you Tita Cory, you are our angel.