"Thank you for being so generous with your time."
These were the words of singer Frankie Pangilinan as she paid tribute to the late former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.
In her Instagram post, Frankie recalled her previous interactions with Noynoy saying, "I always had too many questions. Thankfully, he likewise had far too much kindness and solemn grace. He’d indulge me and my (surely) frivolous thoughts without ever making me feel like they were invaluable or unimportant. I knew him enough to notice he was often sad of eye," she posted.
Frankie added, "Growing up—learning and reading about his work instead of just viewing it from the sidelines—led to far bigger (and at times, frustrated) questions, but fewer opportunities to ask them."
The singer applauded Noynoy's integrity and humility amid criticisms he encountered in his life.
"Today, we do not grieve for presumed perfection. we grieve for a man whose integrity enabled him to recognize his own imperfections and from there, try his best. He did not shy away from criticism because he understood its value. And he was humble. So so so humble," she wrote.
She further extended her gratitude to the president by saying, "Thank you for the vinyls, for single-handedly encouraging my love for Bowie. thank you for the Ziggy Stardust. and the Carly Simon. and the Elton John. and for the spare coca-cola (dapat classic coke kase, eh puro diet at zero lang iniinom ni mama hahaha kaya sa kanya na lahat ng classic) we kept in the fridge."
"I cannot find the words. I am just achingly sorry that several, big-girl questions went unasked. God bless your family, and you, Mr. President," she posted.
Former president Noynoy Aquino passed away on June 24 due to renal disease secondary to diabetes.