The Impossible Dream
This column joins the whole country as it continues to mourn the passing of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, a great man who in his simple and modest ways brought greatness to this nation. His was a Presidency that strengthened democratic institutions and brought stability and prosperity to the economy. It was during his term that the Philippines became respected and recognized once again in the international community, rising from being the so-called “sick man of Asia” to becoming the “rising tiger of Asia”.
In the midst of the tributes, accolades, and stories that have been shared since his death on June 24, we see a great modern-day Filipino whose heroism was in the integrity, decency, and dedication with which he served the Filipino people. He not only lived up to his parents’ legacy, but he gave the ordinary Filipino reason to hope and to dream again. His accomplishments may have been underappreciated and unrecognized while he was alive, but his death is now bringing the nation to reflect on the great sacrifices he and his family have made for our country. He took bold steps in his anti-corruption campaign, running after tax evaders and sending to jail his predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and three other senators. He also defied China by suing it before an international tribunal. His vision was clear and consistent: for him, it was always the country and the Filipinos first (especially the poor), above all else. No other President in recent times has shown such deep love for the country and for the Filipino people. He dreamed and lived, as it were, the impossible dream. How fitting that this was the song played as he was being laid to rest. To pay tribute to this great leader we have lost, let me, therefore, quote once more the lyrics of this song here:
To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To be willing to give, when there’s no more to give,
To be willing to die so that honor and justice may live.
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into hell
For a heavenly cause
And I know
If I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart
Will lay peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest
And the world will be better for this
that one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable,star.
Rest now, President Noy, “mission accomplished”!
Belated birthday greetings to Ex-Mayor John Bongat who celebrated his birthday last June 24, 2021.
Birthday greetings, too for Executive Judge Erwin Virgilio Ferrer, RTC Naga/Camarines Sur who will celebrate his birthday on July1, 2021.
QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:
“I AM WILLING TO DIE FOR THE FILIPINO; I AM WILLING TO LIVE FOR THE FILIPINO; AND IN A SPECIAL WAY, I AM WILLING TO FIGHT FOR THE FILIPINO” - BENIGNO SIMEON AQUINO III
FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE:
“GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SAKE OF HIS FRIENDS.” -JOHN 15:13