LONDON – When word spread that the Philippine embassy in London had opened the book of condolences to allow Filipinos to pay their last respects to the late former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, Adnelle Valeza and her friend patiently waited outside the embassy for the opening.
Valeza, an information technology (IT) professional, said going to the embassy meant sharing the grief of many Filipinos back home.
“Now that our country is struggling to look for a leader that can provide a moral compass to us, I think we should look at President Cory as an example for all of us to follow,” she said.
Meanwhile, the London-based El Shaddai group offered a prayer for Aquino during their Sunday Mass.
Another mass was organized by the Filipino community members in Oval, London. They said it is their humble way of honoring the former president whom they will always remember as a person of integrity and spirituality.
“I knew that she has suffered so much. Her death is actually a respite for her fidelity and commitment to the Filipino people,” said Fr. Serge Magnabua.
Noel Velasco of the Filipino community in Oval said, “Yung kaniyang pananampalataya sa Panginoon ‘yun ang nag-udyok sa amin para kaniyang kamatayan ay ‘di namin siya makalimutan at ipag- pamisa sa lungsod ng London.”
For many Filipinos in London, Cory, as she was affectionately known to the Filipino people, was a true hero, an inspiration, whose grace and courage made them feel proud to be Pinoy.