Last October 11, multimedia personality Kris Aquino shared an Instagram post celebrating what would have been her parents’ 67th wedding anniversary. The 50-year-old actress and host is the youngest daughter of the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and former president Cory Aquino.
“67 years ago, today my mom and dad got married and really proved to us, their children, that they meant every word of their wedding vows: to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part,” she wrote.
Kris also illustrated the fact that her older sisters Ballsy, Pinky, and Viel were able to celebrate longer wedding anniversaries with their spouses than her parents. Her father Ninoy was assassinated upon his return from self-imposed exile in the US in 1983 while Kris’s mother Cory passed away in 2009 due to cardiorespiratory arrest after complications of colorectal cancer.
“All my sisters have had solid, happy marriages for more than 30 years: Ate will celebrate her 38th wedding anniversary this December, Pinky will have her 36th wedding anniversary this February, and Viel will be married for 32 years this May, 2022.
“Pag inisip ko because my dad was assassinated when he was only 50 years old, even though my parents married when they were both just 21, pero namatay ang dad ng August 21—hindi nga nila inabot ang kanilang 29th wedding anniversary,” she explained.
Sharing the secret to her parents’ loving relationship, Kris greeted her parents and also paid tribute to her older brother, the late president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III who passed away last June due to renal failure.
“I am trying my very best to really keep my personal life as private as possible… BUT my mom always told me that the reason she and my dad were good partners who loved each other and never gave up against all odds was because they both knew they brought out the BEST in each other… It’s safe to say that the boys/young men closest to us and undoubtedly know us best said that they have never seen one as happy and one as calm and at peace. I cried such happy tears hearing those words of affirmation when I had a moment to myself.
“Happy Anniversary in heaven mom and dad. Nobody can come close to your wisdom. The 4 of us—I’m sure know we hit the DNA jackpot because God blessed us w/ the privilege of being your daughters. Please tell our favorite brother not a day passes that we don’t think about and miss him but we know maswerte siya kasi kasama niyo na siya,” she added.
In another post Kris wrote in 2019, she shared some of the best lessons her parents gave her when they were still alive.
“Dad knew how to make people feel special and important. Mom knew how to make us feel protected and encouraged us to be the best versions of ourselves... God blessed me way more than I deserved with the parents who gave me life, and the sons na ngayon naman, ako na ang nagpapalaki...”