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President Aquino, siblings visit a day early to avoid a fuss

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PRIVATE TIME President Aquino visits the tombs of his parents—President Corazon C. Aquino and Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.—with sister Kris and nephews Josh and Bimby at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City on Monday. LYN RILLON

President Benigno Aquino III visited the graves of his parents at Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City on Monday, a day before the customary All Saints’ Day observance.

The President, along with his sisters Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Viel Aquino-Dee and Kris Aquino, and other relatives, heard a short Mass at the family mausoleum where former President Corazon Aquino and former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., are entombed.

Kris, who acted as the spokesperson of the family during the visit, said they decided to come Monday so as not to cause “inconvenience” to the public today, Nov. 1, when a huge influx of visitors is expected at the country’s biggest private memorial park.

“It was a family decision to come today (Monday) so we won’t cause inconvenience to the public tomorrow,” she said.

Presidential security guards were stationed near the Aquino mausoleum six hours before the President arrived.

The Aquinos’ tombs, one of the most-visited at the grassy memorial park, was closed to public viewing at noon and reopened three hours later to allow the President and his sisters private time.

Nonetheless, news of the president’s visit drew a crowd of a few hundred.

Hours before the President and his entourage arrived, supporters had patiently gathered behind a cordon. They shouted his name as he alighted from his car.

The cheers went a decibel higher when Kris Aquino stepped into view. The actress and TV celebrity came with her two sons, Joshua and James Jr.

The crowd also took advantage of the President’s presence by taking photos of themselves with the Aquino family in the background.

Some visitors said it had always been their practice to pay their respects to Ninoy and Cory, both national icons. Most sought permission from the Presidential Security Group to come close to the tombs adorned in yellow flowers and candles to say a short prayer.

“We were here before noon because we heard the President was coming… with Kris,” said Lito Baliber, one of the visitors to the Aquino mausoleum.

Angelita del Rosario’s face lit up when she heard the Aquinos had arrived at 2:30 p.m. She had brought along her mother, daughter and even two grandchildren as they waited to see the Aquino family.

“I was on my way to visit my late husband but when I heard the Aquinos were coming, I stopped by here first,” she said.

The President, wearing his signature black shirt with a yellow pin and dark denim pants, carried a solemn expression throughout the Mass officiated by Archbishop Angel Lagdameo except when he exchanged a few gestures of endearment with his nephew, Josh.

His other nephew, James “Bimby” Yap Jr., also caught the attention of the crowd.

Bimby stole the scene from the President when he went out of the tent and greeted the crowd. He said “hi” when the fans waved. A fan shouted “I love you Kris” but Bimby reacted and said “No!”

“No. You can’t love my mom, only I can love my mom,” he said as he ran back to Kris.

The visit was briefly interrupted when a man got past the cordon and shouted his support for the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The man was pulled away by guards.

“Matagal na kaming naghihintay na maburol si Marcos sa Libingan, shouted the man, as he was accosted by presidential guards and brought to a police outpost.

The crowd’s attention went back to the Aquinos as the President finished the Mass, appearing unperturbed.  With a report from Alvin Barcelona, dzIQ


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Tags: All Saints’ Day , Cory Aquino , Kris Aquino , Manila Memorial Park , Ninoy Aquino , President Benigno Aquino III


  • Anonymous

     Josh is a dead ringer of pnoy.   Si pnoy siguro ang napaglihan ni kris nun buntis sya.  Poor josh nakuha ang IQ ng uncle nya.  Don’t worry, you’ll have a chance to be president of the (banana) republic of the philippines.  Filipinos will vote for you kasi anak ka ni kris Aquino at lola mo si cory.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5T2EP57DF72CKEK2M22CRSJMAM maverick

      Pathetic comment!!

      • Anonymous

        Mas pathetic yung mga nag-like dun sa comment.  

    • Anonymous

      ikaw rin….sana mapaglihan sana ng asawa mo ang isang taong may hindi tamang pagiisip

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BUONPVWVOJJFZEHIFF3YXU2NSY KC

      And Pilipinos are avid fan of the Aquino – they restored the DEMOCRAZY in the Philippines. Giving financial aid to the enemy of the state. What do U call that?

      • Anonymous

        seems di mo alam sinasabi mo. ung 5million po ay kasama sa kasunduang pinirmahan pa ng arroyo admin. at pasalamat ka sa democrazy na sinasabi mo dahil  kung panahon ni macoy, di ka makakapagbatikos o comment ng gaya ng ginagawa natin ngayon.

    • Anonymous

      Hopefully, not everyone is as pathetic as you are.

  • Anonymous

    guys did you notice the picture of Josh, he really look lost, he looks he  his is in another world, or I will dare to say he is an embecile or poor kid it runs in the family

    • Anonymous

      sana mangyari sa pamilya mo or close to you ang nagyari kay Josh!…..makarma ka sana

    • Anonymous

      You seem to have no point, but you have succeeded
      in showing us that you are an idiot.

      Congratulations.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=632883527 Fernando Veloso Jr

      Colonelsander and pangitbudhiko, leave the child alone, or shall I say INGIT lang kayo! Pati batang walang kamalay-malay dinadamay nyo? Sana magkaanak din kayo or kahit kamag-anak ng tulad ni Josh para nama maintindihan nyo ang tulad nila? Or sadyang lang talagang maitim budhi at pati na rin buto nyo? Mabuti na lang , kahit mahirap lang kami, hindi perpekto ang pamilya hindi kami pinalaki para manlait at mang -insulto ng kapwa lalo kung sila ay may kapansanan o gifted child man…It is really all about who and what you are…Sabagay ang “breeding ” naman ay di basta nakukuha kahit mayaman o mahirap k man?.It is really all about who and what you are. It reflects on your families, your upbringing kahit sa subdivision or squatter ka man lumaki…

  • Anonymous

    he is the son of Philip Salvador, Philip I am sorry but you have a son that is incomplete

  • Anonymous

    sorry penoy … this is what you get when you yap too much …. eventually, people that don’t like you will rub it in … sinabi na namin na walang binatbat and you’re giving us the ammo to make fun of you ….
    sunod, even some of your supporters will turn turtle too …. you still have a long ways to go … prove to us na kaya mo … pag sinabi, gawin mo … show us that you won’t shield your inutil kakampis …

  • http://twitter.com/hklt0110 Blue Network

    karamihan sa mga komento about sa article na to ay mga komento ng taong inggitero’t inggitera, at tipikal na Filipino…why don’t we just respect them as what they did…panahon pa naman ng undas..

    Or talagang hindi na sa atin mawawala ang utak-bilasang-talangka, sige na..kayo na ang susunod na pangulo..magfile kayo ng candidacy nyo sa 2016..

  • http://twitter.com/sacrebleau Sacrebleau

    Bimby should have another whopper and a KFC bucket – for the road. 

  • Anonymous

    Masdan ninyo silang mabuti.  Mas mukha pang matino ang pag-iisip ni Joshua kesa kay PeNoy.  Talagang mukhang abNoy si PeNoy.

    • Anonymous

      ikaw naman zoiloperez isip abnoy :)

  • Anonymous

    Whoever posted this picture should have thought it many times beforehand. It’s just too revealing! Pictures really speak a thousand words.

    • Anonymous

      At least, the media now is fair and educated.

  • Anonymous

    How sweet it is for Josh and Nhoynhoy together, their faces compliment each other. I guess if you have a nephew as lively and wonderful as Josh, you have to find time to play with him. The President must have valued these times and opportunities. Such a lucky family.

  • Anonymous

    People can be so mean. It is a given that Josh is a special child, and instead of showing compassion, many comments here just did the opposite. Shame on you. The Aquino family, especially Kris an the president, should be commended on how they are raising Josh. Even before the president was elected in 2010, one of the traits that I have admired about him is his care for Josh. The president’s consistent open display of affection for Josh is something to be admired and hopefully emulated, not ridiculed or sneered at.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

    pangitbudhiko and colonelsander, that is really below the belt. life is as it is for all of us, it will change for the better or bad, but life will always change. i just hope and pray fate will be good to you and your loved ones.

  • Anonymous

    You may rather call a poetic justice.  It’s been said, that they don’t want to cause public inconvenience, or it could be the other way around?   But the real objective here is to reach the desirable goals of zero security risks. Despite being one day ahead of the customary observance yet, deployment of 1 battalion of presidential security guards still necessitate in securing the entire premises.  One can only imagine how it would appear if done on the day itself?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

      agreed. i am not an admirer but a responsible critic of the sitting president. i understand that they wanted to be less obtrusive. their status in life gives them few options during this special day for them and their parents. just let them and give them this special space. 

  • Ricci Santiago

    whatever stupid comments you say here, maganda pa rin si Kris at mayaman.  At sa umaalipusta kay Josh, Bimby, at kay P-Noy, well kahit anong gawin nating pagkayod kahit sa Pinas o abroad, di natin maabot ang yaman ng mga niyan. money talks so lets shut up and let them pay their respects like we all have to do ngayong araw ng patay/kaluluwa.

    yung mga nagcomment na yan di na babalik, eh wala ngang pic eh, matapang lang pag nag type. kung may anak din ang mga yan sabay-sabay natin sabihan na mukha silang -troll-.

    At INQ – kung private time ni P-Noy, sana siya na lang wag na yung iba. dinamay pa yung pamilya. 

  • Anonymous

    the truth hurts, and stop swearing at people, if josh is autistis, the family has to live with it,  it runs in the family, and noynoy is showing signs of  bipolar disorder, (Manic Depression) if you will recall  during the command conferences he snap, and was mad at the armed forces, noynoy snap every now and then,

    • Anonymous

      Oo, autistic nga yung bata, pero anong ginawa nung bata sa inyo para laitin ninyo ng ganyan? Bagay na bagay nga handle mo sa yo.

  • Anonymous

    the family of Noynoy. has been declared “OPEN SEASON”, so what gives, if you don’t like my comment then just read, your just trying to say youre one of the good guys, he run for public office he should be ready for all negative comments including his family

  • Anonymous

    Pnoy must be the favorite uncle of his nephews and nieces as picture suggests.
    Nice picture of happy family.



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