Cory’s 10th death anniversary: Kris Aquino remembers mom’s simplicity, final moments

/ 01:01 PM August 01, 2019

A decade after former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino’s passing, her daughter Kris looks back on fond memories of her.

The Queen of All Media commemorated the late leader’s memory by sharing images of some of her mother’s belongings on social media recently.


Kris Aquino, Cory Aquino

Kris Aquino (Instagram/@juansarte); Cory Aquino (INQUIRER file photo)

“A decade has passed, and yet it feels as fresh as a moment ago,” Kris said in her Instagram post last Saturday, July 27.

She posted an image of Cory’s engagement ring given by her father, the late Ninoy Aquino, as she recounted the events of the moment her mother passed away.


“[I] remember signing DNR forms. [I] can still feel being shaken awake when her monitors signaled that she’d soon flatline,” she recalled. “[I] can see all of us praying the Rosary and saying goodbye. [I] remember signing her death certificate.”

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CORAZON, the Spanish word for HEART. Maybe that’s why my mom gave birth to me on Valentine’s Day, the day we celebrate LOVE? Because for me, SHE will always represent unconditional love… love that never needed a ledger, a spreadsheet, or an accounting file. She just gave to me, not asking for anything in return. A decade has passed, and yet it feels as fresh as a moment ago. i remember signing DNR forms. i can still feel being shaken awake when her monitors signaled that she’d soon flatline. i can see all of us praying the Rosary and saying goodbye. i remember signing her death certificate. i recall getting into the vehicle that transported our mom’s remains to the Heritage mortuary. And i can never forget my auntie passy giving me her pearl earrings for mom to wear. Mom’s Paul Cabral dress arrived. Juan Sarte came straight from the domestic airport because i asked him after our last family Christmas picture had been taken and mom had been happy that she had looked good in our jun de leon photos, that when the day came, would he please be there to make my mom beautiful? Mom was blessed to have experienced giving that enduring, unflinching once in a lifetime LOVE very few ever get to even dream of, to our dad. He was her first, last, and only. That’s why somehow, even in death, 2 AM, on August 1, 2009 she still lived the meaning of her name. it couldn’t be mere coincidence that my dad had been shot on August 21, 1983- at 1 PM. please allow me to let you get to know my mom through my eyes, as i share some special things she left me to keep. this was her ENGAGEMENT RING from my Dad… the quality you seem to like in me, my devotion as a mom comes naturally, because i grew up LOVED.

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She also showed the necklace that belonged to Cory, via Instagram yesterday, July 31.

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Hindi mahilig sa branded things ang mom ko, but this was 1 of her favorite necklaces… i believe it was a gift, possibly from tita virgie ramos (?)… but she wore this Chanel pearl necklace constantly. this is only an accessory, not actual south sea or cultured pearls. walang hilig sa jewelry ang mom, my sisters hindi rin mahilig, so what she left behind pinatago sa kin… and thank you, mom. now, i have a reason to continue loving Chanel. (nakahanap po ng valid excuse, initials ng mom, she used CCA) Showing you something else my mom left behind for me to share some memories. Offended po ako every time sinasabihan na naging sakim sa kapangyarihan at kayamananan ang Mom because nobody was as SIMPLE as her… siguro kaya hindi ako nag-lakas loob pasukin ang public service (at hindi pa makita in the near future) because apart from my health issues, BILIN ng mom: kristina, enter public service when you are ready to be simple and no longer excited about material possessions. in many ways, nag lessen na po ang pagiging shopaholic ko. pero mahilig pa rin sa Chanel earrings & necklaces, gadgets (iPads & MacBooks) and designer sneakers. Hindi na masyado sa mahal na damit (super happy na ngayon sa simpleng walang logo) pero hindi kayang tumanggi sa sneakers. So until i can live up to my mom’s standards, bashers who say wala akong alam (same accusation against my mom,🙄, sana bago naman) save your hate. Hindi ko ipapahiya ang Mom ko dahil alam kong hindi ko pa kaya. Kaya i’ll keep paying my taxes (yung mga nagsasabing bakit ko bini-big deal kasi po maraming tax evaders na in 32 years of paying taxes i have never done- again because turo ng mom ko) and working hard for my sons & me and those who depend on us for their livelihoods. Thanks, mom for also teaching me to be responsible for those who take care of us. 💛💛💛

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“Offended po ako every time sinasabihan na naging sakim sa kapangyarihan at [kayamanan] ang Mom because nobody was as SIMPLE as her,” Kris stated.

(I am offended every time people say my mother was greedy for power and fortune because nobody was as simple as her.)

She stated that she probably did not enter public service like her parents because apart from her health issues, Cory left her with some advice: “kristina, enter public service when you are ready to be simple and no longer excited about material possessions.”

Moments later, she shared a photo of the two of them from February 2008, from designer JC Buendia. The photo was apparently taken a month before her mother was diagnosed with cancer. She recalled that despite how often they were photographed, they were not fond of having their pictures taken. 

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Thank you @jcbuendia_ for sending me this picture. To the best of my recollection this picture was taken February 14, 2008, a month before Mom was diagnosed with cancer, during a birthday dinner in our then Valle Verde home. i recognized the chairs & the red curtain backdrop as part of the setup done. i also remember that food was all fondue, beef or seafood, cheese as appetizer, and uso nung time na yun- chocolate fondue with your choice of fruits or sponge cake or cookies to dip. Kuya was 12 years old, Bimb was 10 months old. As you can see, uso rin ang manipis na kilay & super shimmer na eye shadow. Cute na Mom & i were both wearing fuchsia and had bright smiles on our faces. Soon as i get home, i’ll have a digital printout of this picture & see what we can do to further enhance it. Weird diba, we were both photographed so often pero in real life, hindi kami mahilig mag pa picture. Me ang reason ko, i do shoots for work. Until now, if you check my feed, konti ang selfies, and i prefer videos or pics w/ my sons or pics of my sons. Tomorrow i know you’ll understand why i’ll choose to be off-line. Maria Corazon Cojuangco Aquino 25 January 1933-1 August 2009

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Cory, a key figure in the 1986 People Power Revolution, died Aug.1, 2009 after battling colon cancer. JB


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