Actress Kris Aquino took to social media to recall a fond memory of her mother, former president Cory Aquino, as she marked her 10th death anniversary this Thursday.
On Instagram, the Queen of All Media posted an old photo of her with her mother taken during a birthday dinner at their home back in February 2008, a month before the latter was diagnosed with cancer.
"I recognized the chairs and the red curtain backdrop as part of the setup done. I also remember that food was all fondue, beef or seafood, cheese as appetizer, and uso nung time na yun - chocolate fondue with your choice of fruits or sponge cake or cookies to dip," she wrote. "Kuya (Josh) was 12 years old, Bimb was 10 months old. As you can see, uso rin ang manipis na kilay and super shimmer na eye shadow. Cute na Mom and I were both wearing fuchsia and had bright smiles on our faces."
Kris, who is currently in Japan for work, went on, "Soon as I get home, I'll have a digital printout of this picture & see what we can do to further enhance it. Weird 'di ba, we were both photographed so often pero in real life, hindi kami mahilig magpa-picture. Me ang reason ko, I do shoots for work. Until now, if you check my feed, konti ang selfies, and I prefer videos or pics with my sons or pics of my sons. Tomorrow I know you’ll understand why I'll choose to be off-line."
In the days leading up to her 10th death anniversary, Kris, who is the youngest among Cory's five children with late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., had been sharing touching anecdotes about her mother on social media. Check them below:
CORAZON, the Spanish word for HEART. Maybe that’s why my mom gave birth to me on Valentine’s Day, the day we celebrate LOVE? Because for me, SHE will always represent unconditional love... love that never needed a ledger, a spreadsheet, or an accounting file. She just gave to me, not asking for anything in return. A decade has passed, and yet it feels as fresh as a moment ago. i remember signing DNR forms. i can still feel being shaken awake when her monitors signaled that she’d soon flatline. i can see all of us praying the Rosary and saying goodbye. i remember signing her death certificate. i recall getting into the vehicle that transported our mom’s remains to the Heritage mortuary. And i can never forget my auntie passy giving me her pearl earrings for mom to wear. Mom’s Paul Cabral dress arrived. Juan Sarte came straight from the domestic airport because i asked him after our last family Christmas picture had been taken and mom had been happy that she had looked good in our jun de leon photos, that when the day came, would he please be there to make my mom beautiful? Mom was blessed to have experienced giving that enduring, unflinching once in a lifetime LOVE very few ever get to even dream of, to our dad. He was her first, last, and only. That’s why somehow, even in death, 2 AM, on August 1, 2009 she still lived the meaning of her name. it couldn’t be mere coincidence that my dad had been shot on August 21, 1983- at 1 PM. please allow me to let you get to know my mom through my eyes, as i share some special things she left me to keep. this was her ENGAGEMENT RING from my Dad... the quality you seem to like in me, my devotion as a mom comes naturally, because i grew up LOVED.
More about my Mom... we took this picture about an hour ago, as we headed out to the airport. This is an Ang Kiukok portrait of my mom, my dad’s last birthday gift to her before Martial Law was declared. Hiningi ko because it was done right after i was born. My Mom almost didn’t make it giving birth to me, she needed an emergency caesarean because of placenta previa (google nyo na lang, please) and hemorrhaged so badly that her blood pressure reached 0/0. She would always relay that when she regained consciousness she heard doctors saying, “gumanda nang lagay, 60/40 na ang BP” and all she could wonder was how bad was it para maging mabuti ang 60/40? We came first, there was never any doubt. Marami akong life & death situations na pwedeng ma share na patunay that my Mom refused to be brought to safety without me. Masyadong mahaba for this post, it will wait for my book? But she ingrained that in me. Especially because kuya josh & bimb only have me, in the way from 1972 to 1980, and from 1983 to 2009 i only had her- i know that most have told me, marami na kaming pera, mag relax na ko. Sana maintindihan ninyo, my Mom said- kuya will always have special needs & he should be very secure financially (hindi na kailangan i-detalye na mag-isa ko syang napalaki) and as much as i know Bimb will be a loving & responsible brother, hindi ko hawak ang puso ng magiging misis nya. The 1 thing i promised my Mom, na super natutupad- never ma-aagrabyado si kuya. May i thank you? Every time you show kuya josh LOVE & COMPASSION, you make his lola Cory smile in heaven. At hindi ako napapahiya sa pinangako ko. 💛
Hindi mahilig sa branded things ang mom ko, but this was 1 of her favorite necklaces... i believe it was a gift, possibly from tita virgie ramos (?)... but she wore this Chanel pearl necklace constantly. this is only an accessory, not actual south sea or cultured pearls. walang hilig sa jewelry ang mom, my sisters hindi rin mahilig, so what she left behind pinatago sa kin... and thank you, mom. now, i have a reason to continue loving Chanel. (nakahanap po ng valid excuse, initials ng mom, she used CCA) Showing you something else my mom left behind for me to share some memories. Offended po ako every time sinasabihan na naging sakim sa kapangyarihan at kayamananan ang Mom because nobody was as SIMPLE as her... siguro kaya hindi ako nag-lakas loob pasukin ang public service (at hindi pa makita in the near future) because apart from my health issues, BILIN ng mom: kristina, enter public service when you are ready to be simple and no longer excited about material possessions. in many ways, nag lessen na po ang pagiging shopaholic ko. pero mahilig pa rin sa Chanel earrings & necklaces, gadgets (iPads & MacBooks) and designer sneakers. Hindi na masyado sa mahal na damit (super happy na ngayon sa simpleng walang logo) pero hindi kayang tumanggi sa sneakers. So until i can live up to my mom’s standards, bashers who say wala akong alam (same accusation against my mom,🙄, sana bago naman) save your hate. Hindi ko ipapahiya ang Mom ko dahil alam kong hindi ko pa kaya. Kaya i’ll keep paying my taxes (yung mga nagsasabing bakit ko bini-big deal kasi po maraming tax evaders na in 32 years of paying taxes i have never done- again because turo ng mom ko) and working hard for my sons & me and those who depend on us for their livelihoods. Thanks, mom for also teaching me to be responsible for those who take care of us. 💛💛💛
Born Maria Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, Cory passed away on August 1, 2009 due to colorectal cancer.