Sunday, August 9, 2009

Let's Honor Madam President Cory Aquino through the 500 Peso Bill

[Jan 19, 2017 ... I had a change of heart about the Aquinos ever since I wrote this article in 2009. But I'm retaining this here as evidence that, once upon a time, yes, I was a Yellow. Of course, not anymore. I'll paste the link here to an article I'll write about why that is.]

It was a pleasant surprise to see from an artist's website a proposed P500 Bill featuring the face of Cory Aquino side by side with Ninoy Aquino. I thought, TERRIFIC IDEA!

Proposed P500 Bill, from www.peaceloveandrevolution.com
Proposed P500 Bill, from www.peaceloveandrevolution.com


I am excited all the more because the authorities are now taking a serious look at this idea. Check out www.peaceloveandrevolution.com for the collection of news items regarding this.
My only take on this matter is that I would wish Ninoy's face to be smiling this time. While I am completely gung-ho about Cory being there, using the same face of Ninoy as the old one does not make a good mix.

Take another look at the image above. Would it be right for Ninoy to still look furlorn, now that Cory is at her side, together forever? No, it doesn't look right.

A blogger pointed this out as early as 2007.

The smiling Ninoy, courtesy of philmoney.blogspot.com
The smiling Ninoy, courtesy of philmoney.blogspot.com

It's time to give this concern some serious consideration. Filipinos are a very smiling people. Today, there's no reason why Ninoy shouldn't be smiling.

Let's have a happy Ninoy in the bill. I searched the net, and we DO have images of a smiling Ninoy...

A smiling Ninoy Aquino, courtesy of ninoyaquino.50webs.com
A smiling Ninoy Aquino, courtesy of ninoyaquino.50webs.com

Bust of smiling Ninoy Aquino at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City, photo by lakwatseraako.blogspot.com
Bust of smiling Ninoy Aquino at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City, photo by lakwatseraako.blogspot.com

Ninoy and Cory Aquino in the Envisioned 500-Peso Bill. Dont they look good together? Wont you want such bill in your wallet?
Ninoy and Cory Aquino in the Envisioned 500-Peso Bill. Don't they look good together? Won't you want such bill in your wallet?

Ninoy and Cory Aquino are examples of heroic citizens. The sacrifices they made are something I wouldn't wish on my friends and enemies alike.

I can't imagine how difficult it must have been to be denied union with wife and kids at the time of his incarceration, all that for an ideal called democracy?

But what we now have is a democracy, thanks in great part to Ninoy. We're still poor you may say, but shall we really trade democracy with immediate prosperity? No, I think we want democracy more than immediate gratification. Soon we'll have money.

But we are already rich.

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