And the world was yellow*—got this from the status message of a friend on FB—and how right he was. The years 1983-1986 were pivotal ones for me personally and for the rest of us. To quote another writer, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Cory Aquino symbolized what was the best of us then.
I remember that time was a bit divisive for the family. The rest of the Gutierrez clan were staunch Marcos supporters except for our branch, which proudly wore yellow. I remember my mom was a Cory’s crusader and wanted to always be at the rallies supporting Cory. The family did what we could to help—even if the rest of our relatives were on the other side.
Feb 1986 passed by in a haze of yellow, sleepless nights, and a great deal of tension. It was all worth it—we elected a president and proudly told the world we stood up for democracy. How times have changed.
I just hope we wake up this time and remember what we fought for then. Elections are coming up. It’s time to choose leaders of Cory’s caliber and honesty. Problem is, are there still any out there?
*James, pahiram ha? 🙂