Palace Exec gives the decision to Congress in renaming EDSA

From Highway-54 then a Filipino historian Epifanio de los Santos (EDSA) and now Cory Aquino Avenue?

Yesterday, a senior palace official said that the Malacañang would leave the decision to the Congress in regards of renaming the 24-Kilometer Metro Manila’s main highway- EDSA.

“As far as the Palace is concerned, we all know our President, he does not want to raise… it’s part of the billboard thing.” Presidential Spokesperson Laciera told reporters at a press briefing

“It’s not proper for us to comment. It’s a self serving statement if we are to comment on that. It’s a congressional initiative, let Congress decide on that,” he said. He refused to give further comments on the matter.

In August 2010, President Aquino passed a directive to all Cabinet secretaries and heads of Government Agencies and Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) that as much as possible to try to avoid from associating his personality and identity in their programs and projects. Added to that, President refuses some other government projects to be named after him.

Still, some Filipinos are not onto the fact that EDSA will be renamed to the late Cory Aquino. One commented that it was just like the Marcos days that every Avenue will be named after their family: Mariano Marcos Ave; Imelda Ave and etc.

Solon proposes changing “EDSA” to “Cory Aquino Avenue”

In honor of the late president and the “icon” of democracy in the Philippines, a Filipino lawmaker suggested renaming the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) to Cory Aquino Avenue.

“It would be but a fitting tribute to former President Corazon Aquino, woman of courage and valor, that EDSA, an avenue that became testament to the country’s love of democracy, be named after her,” said Bohol Representative Rene Relampagos.

The late president Cory Aquino is connected with the history of EDSA as the venue of the 1986 People Power Revolution that ousted Former President Ferdinand Marcos and made Aquino president.

EDSA is one of the main roads in Metro Manila stretching 54 kilometers. Before it was renamed after the Filipino Historian, Epifanio de los Santos in 1959 through Republic Act 2140, EDSA was known as Highway 54.

However, the news was not welcomed by netizens in the country. Others expressed their frustrations on the lack of focus of Filipino lawmakers on more important matters such as government budget and developmental laws. While others expressed their sentiments on why the government is focusing on lighter issues on renaming EDSA wherein the issue of heavy traffic is much more important and timely.

Cory statue unveiled in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of Filipinos gathered outside the historic Manila Hotel on Roxas Boulevard Monday to witness the unveiling of a bronze statue of the late Philippine President and democracy icon Corazon Aquino.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Aquino’s son, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, led the unveiling of the 15-foot monument on Padre Burgos Drive corner Roxas Boulevard at 8 a.m.  The unveiling commemorates the 77th birthday of the former president.

During the ceremony, Aquino said he hopes the monument will serve as a reminder to all Filipinos about how his mother united all Filipinos after her death last Aug. 1, 2009.

Mayor Lim, meanwhile, said the monument should also remind students of how President Aquino ruled the nation uprightly for 6 years after the 1986 EDSA Revolution. “Our prayer today is that we emulate her example,” he said.

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Piolo: ‘Ninoy’ role a dream come true

MANILA – Actor Piolo Pascual said it will be “a dream come true” for him if he is called on to play former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. in an upcoming biopic about former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino.

Pascual, who is back in Manila after his successful Europe concert with other heartthrobs Sam Milby and John Lloyd Cruz, said that he will consider the project as “one of the biggest gifts” he will ever receive.

“If and when that happens (film role), you know, pangarap na natupad ‘yon at malaking regalo ‘yon para sa akin. It will be really, really interesting. But for now, I’m just focusing on what’s at hand and doon muna tayo,” Pascual said on entertainment show “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon.”

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Arroyo lashes out at critics over travel expenses issue

For the first time, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo openly lashed out at critics over her supposedly excessive travel expenses, insisting that her trips abroad were necessary for national security as well as the protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

In a radio interview aired Thursday morning, President Arroyo dared her critics to see for themselves the consequences of withdrawing the country’s policy of global engagement.

“Kaya ang hamon ko sa ating critics: Sige mag-withdraw tayo sa global engagement. Gusto ba natin na less ang economic growth, gusto ba natin less ang national security, gusto ba natin na less ang protection sa OFW (I challenge my critics to see what happens if we withdraw our global engagement. Do we want less economic growth, less national security and less protection for OFWs)?” she said in an interview on dzXL radio.

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Isay Alvarez: ‘Cory, The Musical’ is to educate the youth

It may just be a local musical, but for international theater actress and performer Isay Alvarez, nothing beats playing the late President Cory Aquino in “Cory, The Musical.”

Directed by Nestor Torre and produced by Buhay Isang Awit Foundation which is headed by Mrs. Bing Pimentel, “Cory, The Musical” is a tribute to the late president which was already shown even before her death. The 20 original songs composed by Mrs. Pimentel herself, talk about her ascendancy to the presidency as well as her sacrifices to restore democracy in the Philippines. And the late President Aquino’s story for Isay Alvarez is the reason it is an honorable role to do on stage!

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Palace won’t say sorry

‘We won’t glamorize this issue any more’

ANILA, Philippines—So sorry, But no sorry.

Pummeled with criticisms, Malacañang Monday refused to apologize for the purportedly extravagant dinner that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her delegation had last week at a famed restaurant in New York.

“If the dinner was really ostentatious, then there has to be an apology, but it wasn’t ostentatious and I stand by that,” Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said in a media briefing when asked if the Palace would apologize.

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Hundreds remember Cory in Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C. Hundreds came to remember, and to honor former President Corazon Aquino at the historic St. Matthews Cathedral.

Her portrait welcomed churchgoers.

Fil-Ams joined friends and family of Mrs. Aquino who attended the memorial mass. Three cousins of her husband, former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., live in the area.

The mass was officiated by Msgr. Ronald Jameson and Filipino priest Jose Opalda.

It was the second time mass was being celebrated for a Philippine president in St. Matthews, the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington DC.

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Cory Aquino laid to rest

Filipinos find it so hard to say goodbye.

MANILA, Philippines—Former President Corazon Aquino was buried Wednesday night beside the only man she loved, after a huge outpouring of public affection that rivaled the funeral of her martyred husband 26 years ago.

The funeral of the woman simply called Cory lasted nine hours, just shy of the 11 hours it took to bury assassinated opposition leader Benigno S. “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. in August 1983.

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Cory Aquino magic is back

In death, she revives People Power.

MANILA, Philippines—For one last time, Corazon Aquino returned to the scenes of her greatest political triumphs.

And as it was more than two decades ago, she drew multitudes who showered her with cheers, confetti and even tears in a huge outpouring of love and gratitude for the woman who led them in their fight to win back their freedom.

Ayala Avenue in Makati, where Aquino marched to defy a dictator in 1983, and EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue), where the People Power Revolution she inspired was born, turned into seas of yellow for one brief afternoon.

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