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Anna was supposed to give me a pep talk and repeat her old lineabout women’s rights being human rights. After which I was scheduledfor a 2 p.m. meeting with Anvil Publishing’s Gwenn Galvez to mapout the launching of
The Baguio We Know
, a two-year-in-the-makinganthology of essays by Baguio’s finest, timed for the celebration of thehighland city’s centennial.But all plans were thrown in the waste basket. We decided to bearwitness today. As we ate a hurried lunch at a nearby Vietnameserestaurant, memories of the August 21, 1983 assassination of PresidentAquino’s husband Ninoy came back vividly. So did the anger at thecurrent lying and thieving Presidency. At one point, Anna thoughtaloud, “Gosh! GMA makes Marcos and Erap look like saints!”Rolly tried to be facetious to deflect the tension. Perhaps, hesurmised, the Filipinos are longing for a happening like today’s march.No, I said, they had been waiting for the right time and occasion.Anna agreed, pointing out that we are moving towards a full moon,a lunar eclipse is going to happen. The moon, ah, for me who swearsby its inconstancy, is what moves the masses. The sun represents theleaders. Expect something to happen to an awakened people.It was the same Anna who said, around the time Marcos’s star wasdimming, that the Filipino is like a carabao—hardworking, patient,etc. But once pushed to its limit, it gores its own master.Two months ago, another friend said, half in resignation, half inexasperation, that people were thinking, “Gloria (Macapagal-Arroyo)has a year to go. Let’s just ride it out instead of protesting. Maybechange will come after the 2010 elections.”Apparently, we’re near breaking point like the time Sen. Aquinowas treacherously “salvaged,” to use Sen. Saguisag’s so very aptword. I never thought the line “
Tama na, sobra na, palitan na
” wouldresonate again with vibrant, refreshing beauty, no longer a cliché.
www.brooksidebaby.com, August 4, 2009