NY Pinoys hold healing mass for Cory

By Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jul 24 2009 03:24 PM | Updated as of Jul 25 2009 01:36 AM

Filipinos in New York are rallying behind former President Arroyo in prayers as she battles colon cancer.

At a church in Queens, the Filipino community gathered for a healing mass for the former president.

Rudy and Connie Quiambao, Aquino's closest friends in New York, organized the mass.

"We are hoping for miracles, a miracle that she gets better. But if she doesn't, we will accept whatever God has planned for our friend," said Connie.

The Quiambaos said that offering a healing mass for Aquino was the least that they could do from afar.

“Masakit makita yung kaibigan mo na naghihirap so if we can help with prayers, we will do that,” said Rudy.

Although most of the Filipinos who attended the mass have never met Aquino personally, they say that their connection to Aquino runs deep.

Nimfa Tinana said Aquino was such an exemplary woman and “as a Filipino woman, I had to be here. She was a good mother, a good president".

"I'm a New Yorker but before that I'm Filipino. And you can't be Filipino without recognizing how much Cory Aquino has done for our people," said Jt Malonga.

The healing mass ended with "Bayan Ko," the anthem that of anti-Marcos activists who rallied behind the late senator Ninoy Aquino and his wife Cory in the 1980s.

Mass-goers said the song sends a message of hope, this time, for Cory Aquino.

Aquino has proven time and again that she can unite the Filipino people. In her time of need, Filipinos in New York came together once again, to gather and unite in prayer for their former president who they call a beacon of hope, and beloved friend.