MEMORANDUM NO. 029 s. 2009
FOR: THE ADAMSON UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY
FROM: THE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
RE: TRIBUTE FOR CORY AQUINO
DATE: 04 AUGUST 2009
The leadership of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) and the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) met yesterday afternoon to plan our modest way of paying tribute to the late President Cory Aquino, a true Filipino, an icon of democracy, model of good governance and ethical leadership, woman of courage and strength, exemplary Christian woman, and model wife and mother. Taking into consideration the wishes of her family, the inclement weather and concerns for security, the family decided to forego the celebration of the funeral mass and send-off at the Luneta Grandstand. Instead, the family agreed to allow the holding of a separate activity at a nearby venue. Below are the activities that are planned:
AUGUST 4, TUESDAY (Today)
Eucharistic celebration at the San Agustin Church at 9:00 PM to be followed by a Vigil until midnight. During the vigil, 4 or 5 people who were close to President Aquino, including one of her grandchildren, will share memories and stories. The vigil will be a mixture of praying the rosary, Taize prayer, speeches and silence.
After midnight, those who wish to view the remains of the former president can proceed to the Manila Cathedral. Viewing will be until 4:00 AM on Wednesday.
AUGUST 5, WEDNESDAY
Funeral Mass at the Manila Cathedral at 9:00 AM. This is strictly for family members, close relatives, dignitaries, foreign delegations and the like. Tickets will be issued for attendance at the Manila Cathedral.
Members of the CEAP and AMRSP will gather in various places and march toward Luneta, in front of the Philippine Flag and the Rizal Monument. A group will gather at Adamson University (in front of the SV Building and Church) before 8:00 AM and proceed to the Luneta on foot.
A TV network plans to put up a giant screen so that people can watch the live telecast of the Funeral Mass inside the Cathedral. After the Mass we shall line up along Luneta and Roxas Boulevard to wait for the passing of the hearse and pay out last respects to the late president.
May I enjoin the entire Adamson community (except the Basic Education students) to please participate in these two main activities—the Eucharistic celebration and vigil tonight and the send-off on Wednesday. Remember to bring your own food, water and umbrellas because you might have to wait in the rain.
Please offer your participation and sacrifice as your war of expressing gratitude for Tita Cory’s sacrifice for our people and as a sign of your commitment to continue her crusade for democracy, truth, integrity, good governance, and justice. She was God’s gift to you, me and to our people. Let’s give her this farewell gift by joining this final tribute.
Rev. Fr. GREGORIO L. BAÑAGA JR., C.M.