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Aquino residence to undergo renovations

By Christine Avendańo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:55:00 08/12/2009

Filed Under: Cory Aquino, House Care - Repair

MANILA, Philippines?After 48 years as the Aquino residence, No. 25 Times Street will undergo another renovation, an exercise that will help the Aquino family ?move on? now that the much beloved mistress of the house is gone.

Sen. Benigno ?Noynoy? Aquino III Tuesday confirmed the statements made by his sister, TV host Kris Aquino, that the residence of their deceased parents, former President Corazon Aquino and martyred Sen. Benigno ?Ninoy? Aquino Jr., would be renovated starting this month.

The Aquino family had lived in the modest one-story house since 1961 and according to Noynoy, it was last remodeled in 1992.

?So it has many defects now,? Noynoy said of the family home, where he continues to reside.

He said he and his four sisters had talked about renovating the house on ?several occasions? as Kris wanted to build a separate room for her son Joshua.

According to Noynoy, his nephew Joshua goes to a school nearby and it would be better for him to stay in the Times Street house.

Designed by Kris

At one point and apparently just recently, Kris had asked Noynoy if he would want to use their mother?s room but he said he would rather stay in his own room.

His younger sister Kris, who is in show biz and makes more money, will be the ?contractor, architect, chief designer and financier? of the project, Noynoy said, chuckling.

On a serious note, he admitted that the renovation was partly a way for the family to ?move on? following the death of their mother.

?So that we could completely move on, the house has to be renovated,? Noynoy said in Filipino.

The former President passed away last Aug. 1 after battling colon cancer for more than a year.

Swimming pool

Indeed, the house on No. 25 Times Street had turned into a shrine for Aquino following her death, with neighbors and people from all walks of life bringing flowers and lighting candles to honor her memory.

But during her cancer treatment, Aquino had lived with eldest daughter Maria Elena ?Ballsy? Cruz, in Greenmeadows subdivision, Quezon City.

Asked whether his mother?s room would be left untouched, the senator said he did not know what Kris? plans were.

He also said he had not seen the blueprints and all he knew for sure was that Kris would build a swimming pool on the grounds.

The Inquirer had reported that a few years back, Aquino knocked on one of the neighbor?s house to ask permission for her grandson Joshua to play in the pool.

So many memories

Noynoy also said that his mother?s prized bonsai would be relocated to their house in Tarlac. In her final years, Aquino was into gardening and painting.

With the renovation project now a go, the senator said he had asked his sisters to give him a week to move out.

He said he wanted to use this time to reminisce. ?[The house has] so many memories for me,? he told reporters.

No comment

Meanwhile, Noynoy would rather not comment on the news that TV host Willie Revillame had gone on indefinite leave following his controversial statements on the Aquino funeral cortege last week.

Revillame, had objected, on air, to the insertion of a video of Aquino?s cortege on his daily noontime show ?Wowowee.?

He had since apologized to his viewers, to the Aquino family and to the network (ABS-CBN) management ?for hurting their feelings.?

The TV host said that his request to stop the inserted video was not meant to be disrespectful.

He explained that it was just not appropriate to show a solemn event alongside what was supposed to be a happy and boisterous program.

Noynoy said he would accept Revillame?s explanations ?at face value.?

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