Before the historic 1986 EDSA revolution, who would have thought that the Philippines would see the day when the Marcos regime would be toppled down? Who would have thought that the Philippines, a patriarchal society, would one day install a female president, Cory Aquino, a self-proclaimed “plain housewife”, and whose only claim to politics is being the wife of Marcos’ foremost critic, Ninoy, the man who proudly and bravely proclaimed that “the Filipino is worth dying for”? Who would have thought that 24 years later, Benigno Aquino III, son of Cory and Ninoy, would one day be commissioned with the daunting task of cleaning up the mess of regimes past?
Yes, EDSA Revolution led to the proclamation of the Philippines’ freedom from oppression and the restoration of democracy. Sadly though, widespread corruption continues to find its way into the Filipino way of life and consciousness.
But I am an eternal optimist and there’s always hope.
During the proclamation of President Aquino (“P-Noy”) on June 30, 2010, I had a déjà vu experience. The energy of the event was so similar to the proclamation of U.S. President Obama two years prior. Who would have thought that the United States would one day proclaim an African-American President, and then be re-elected?
On both occasions, I was having chills. I was crying tears of joy. And I was so full of hope.
And after having lived through six presidents, as I watched P-Noy take his oath, who marched along Quirino Grandstand albeit a little bit awkwardly I must say, I proudly claimed, “That’s my President!”
I had just come back then from my four-year sojourn in Northern California, and P-Noy’s proclamation was very reassuring and comforting. Admittedly, I initially doubted his capabilities, given his lack of experience.
Yet, I realized that not being a seasoned politician is in fact his asset more than his weakness. Seasoned politicians can easily maneuver their way through the halls of corruption. Veteran statesmen effortlessly and decidedly linger on and stay on, navigating the path of abuse of power. Thankfully, P-Noy isn’t a member of that club.
Following P-Noy’s proclamation, Jeannie Javelosa wrote the article, Our Aquarian President, in her weekly column, A Spirited Soul, of the daily Philippine Star. She described how the planetary positioning and astrological influences were so in alignment with P-Noy’s astrological natal chart, as well as the day of his proclamation.
Jeannie describes P-Noy as “a radical idealist who will try to make practical the ideal, and to bring the vision of change to a reality.” She added that while “he is a late starter, and will need time to gather some steam, he will get there and we, the people will just need to prove also that we are there with him for the positive changes we all seek.” Click here for the article. The article couldn’t be more accurate and precise.
Today, the Philippines may still have a lot of catching up and cleaning up to do. But the country most certainly has regained its rightful place amongst countries whose economies show a lot of promise, even if P-Noy and his administration continue to be criticized by some sectors of the country, quite understandably. After all, there isn’t anyone, famous or otherwise, in a leadership position or not, who is spared of critics and detractors.
But the task to effect change is not and cannot be the sole responsibility of one individual. Even if that individual happens to be the President of the nation.
The future and recovery of the Philippines, or any country for that matter, cannot be left solely on the hands of the nation’s leader. The hierarchical model of leader-follower is very Piscean, the age that we are moving away from. It can no longer fit in the Aquarian Age which is characterized by freedom, equality, empowerment, transformation, collaboration. Old models and systems simply do not fit in. Today, no one can deny the global shifts taking place, with old structures and systems falling apart.
But I just know that change is inevitable. Those who resist it will be left behind, fall away, and fall apart, together with the old models and outdated structures. Those who embrace change, those who bravely choose to embody change, those who would rather be part of the solution instead of the problem, even if it makes them unpopular, will be part of the new society, new culture, new consciousness, new world. New Earth. And only an Aquarian President, like P-Noy can effectively usher in the dawning of the new.
And as the Philippines celebrates today the 27th anniversary of EDSA People Power Revolution, may the Filipinos be reminded of and be thankful for the gift brought by the historic revolution, the gift which Filipinos continue to enjoy today, the restoration of democracy to the country. And may the Filipinos always bring to their awareness the promise of freedom and change, and strive for the fulfillment of that promise.
Generations to come could and would then proudly say, “Our ancestors dreamed of a nation that’s free and driven by equality and integrity. And now we are enjoying the fruition of that dream.”
And those of us who would become part of that ancestral lineage, could only smile in appreciation for a life well lived, a promise truthfully fulfilled, and a legacy fittingly left behind.
(This is a re-post and excerpted from my previous post.)
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